Head of Advisory and Legislation Division

Ruaraidh Macniven


Ruaraidh Macniven was appointed Head of Advisory & Legislation Division in August 2016.


Ruaraidh graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1995 with a degree in law (LLB Hons). He was enrolled as a solicitor in 1997 and is a notary public. In 2012, Ruaraidh became a solicitor advocate.


Ruaraidh joined the Civil Service in 1998 and since then his roles have included:-

-Head of the Civil Recovery Unit in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service;

-Acting Head of the Constitutional and Civil Law Division of the Scottish Government Legal Directorate;

-Legal Secretary to the Lord President of the Court of Session;

-Senior Assistant Legal Adviser to the Scottish Parliament and

-Legal Secretary to the Advocate General for Scotland

Head of Advisory and Legislation Division

The Head of Advisory and Legislation Division is responsible for the team that provides legal advice and legislative services to UK Government departments, and in particular advice on Scots law and the Scottish devolution settlement. The team also assesses the impact of Scottish Government legislation going through the Scottish Parliament in support of the Advocate General’s statutory functions under section 33 of the Scotland Act 1998.

Previous roles in government

  1. Legal Secretary to the Advocate General

    • 2013 to 2016