Michael Chalmers was appointed Director of OAG and Solicitor to the Advocate General in 2012.
Michael graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in law (hons) in 1996 and a Masters degree (dist) in International Law and Human Rights in 2011. He enrolled as a solicitor in 1998.
Michael joined the civil service from the private sector in 2005, where he specialised in commercial litigation. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in government, including:
- Legal adviser in the Scottish government’s Litigation Division, acting in a number of human rights and constitutional cases
- Head of HM Revenue & Customs’ Scottish legal team from 2009 to 2011
- Head of the Advisory and Legislation Division in the Office of the Advocate General
Director and Solicitor to the Advocate General
The Director of OAG is responsible for overseeing all legal services provided by OAG to the UK government, and for overseeing delivery of OAG’s objectives as set out in its Business Plan.