J Wolffe

W. James Wolffe K.C.

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2007


LL.B (Hons) University of Edinburgh

B.C.L. University of Oxford

Special interests

Company and commercial


Public law, including judicial review and human rights


James Wolffe served as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates from 2014 to 2016 and as Lord Advocate from 2016 to 2021.


He has extensive experience of both commercial and public law and has been instructed for cases at all levels, including the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights.


James has also been called to the bar of England & Wales (2013) and is a Bencher of Middle Temple. He is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, London.



Insurable Interest: time for a change, 1989 SLT 103

Crown Immunity from regulatory statutes, 1998 PL 339

Crown Immunity from legislative obligations, 1990 PL 14

Crown and Prerogative in Scots Law, Edinburgh Essays in Public Law

(W. Finnie et al. 1991) (contributor)

The Scope of Judicial Review in Scots Law, 1992 PL 625

Building Contracts, Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Vol 2 (co-author)

Contract and Recompense: ERDC Construction Ltd v HM Love & Co, 1997

ELR 46

Gloag and Henderson, The Law of Scotland, 11 edition (contributor)


Dean of Faculty

Member, Police Appeal Tribunal

Trustee, Abbotsford Trust

Council member, JUSTICE Scotland

Head of Delegation, UK Delegation to the CCBE

(Council of European Bars and Law Societies) 2013-2015

Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Advocates 2013-2014

Advocate Depute and Senior Advocate Depute 2007-2010

First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government 2002-2007