OFFICES OF THE ADVOCATE GENERAL
The Advocate General for
Scotland Private Office
Office of Solicitor to the
Advocate General Legal Secretariat
Solicitor to the Advocate
Legal Secretary to the
Deputy Solicitor to the Legal Secretariat Private Office
The primary functions of the Legal Secretariat are: The Private Office manages the
Advocate General's dealings with the
DIVISION A DIVISION B To support to the Advocate General in his Secretariat, OSAG, the Attorney
Division B provides legal capacity as a UK Law Officer, including the General's Office, the Scotland Office,
Division A within OSAG exists to provide Scots advice and services to UK exercise of statutory functions under the other UK Government departments, the
Law advice and support in respect of any action Government departments, Scotland Act; Parliamentary authorities and other
raised by or against a UK Government department in including primary and To support the Advocate General’s Ministerial external bodies.
Scotland. It also supports the Advocate General in subordinate legislation and responsibilities, including supporting him as a
on the instruction of the member of Cabinet Committees and as a In addition the Private Office organises
respect of any action raised or defended in the the Minister's diary and travel
Scotland Office, Division B Member of the House of Lords; and
Scottish Courts. Details in respect of the type of also drafts Orders under the To liaise effectively with OSAG and other UK arrangements.
cases in which Division A has supported the Scotland Act. Government departments where appropriate to
Advocate General can be found at: support the Advocate General’s functions.
The Legal Secretary oversees the work of the Secretariat,
Division A also provides advisory services (but which is comprised of a small team of lawyers, as well as
relating to litigation in some way) to UK the Ministerial Private Office.