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Murray Sinclair

Director and Solicitor to the Scottish Government

Murray Sinclair

Murray Sinclair has been Director of the Scottish Government Legal Directorate since May 2007.


The Director is responsible for litigation and tribunal work, commercial law and procurement advice, instructing bills and drafting subordinate legislation, legislative competence, and devolution matters, including European Convention of Human Rights and EU Law.


Murray joined the then Scottish Office as a legal adviser in 1989. He advised, in particular, on Criminal Justice matters. In 1997 he became part of the Scottish Office's new Constitution Group, the team that delivered devolution for Scotland.

In June 1999 he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service. His Division advised on a broad range of matters, including housing, local government, planning, transport and the environment.

In October 2004 he transferred to a policy job, heading the Constitution and Parliamentary Secretariat, with responsibility for constitutional policy, FOI, the legislative programme, various parliamentary matters and civic participation.