Douglas Wilson has been Legal Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since July 2014, having previously been Head of International and European Law at the Attorney General’s Office. Before that, Doug spent nearly 4 years at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, first in a legal role and then in the UK’s Security Council Team. Doug was previously posted to the British Embassy in Baghdad as Legal Adviser and Head of the Human Rights and Justice Section, and has served in various home postings as an Assistant Legal Adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He qualified as a barrister in London, having studied international law at Glasgow, Copenhagen and Cambridge.
The Legal Director is the deputy legal adviser, and oversees 4 teams responsible for a wide range of legal work including national security, foreign relations, international institutions and overseas territories and maritime affairs.