New Commissioner

12 Jul 2018

Commissioner Appointed to Scottish Law Commission 

The Minister for Community Safety today announced the appointment of Kate Dowdalls QC as a Commissioner of the Scottish Law Commission. 


Kate Dowdalls QC has been a Member of the Faculty of Advocates since 2000, following 15 years in private practice.  She took silk in 2013.  Throughout her career she has specialised in family law.  She has extensive experience in all aspects of child and family law and has litigated family cases in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and in the Court of Session, the Sheriff Appeal Court and UK Supreme Court.  She has appeared in  cases at the forefront of development of family law, notably in the areas of cohabitation and adoption.  Kate is a regular contributor at conferences and seminars on matters of interest and concern to family lawyers. 


This appointment will be for five years and runs from 9th July 2018 to 8th July 2023. 

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. 


This appointment is full-time and attracts a remuneration of £105,668 per annum for a time commitment of 37 hours per week. 


Ms Dowdalls does not hold any other ministerial public appointments. 


All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. 

Ms Dowdalls has had no political activity within the last five years. 


The Scottish Law Commission was established under the Law Commissions Act 1965 for the purposes of promoting the reform of the law of Scotland, and reviewing the law with a view to its systematic development and modernisation.  

Further details on the Scottish Law Commission can be found on our website.