Legal life

Issued: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:37:00 GMT

The role of Crown Agent for the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Scotland’s independent prosecution service, comes with many responsibilities. Catherine Dyer enjoys the variety her role brings.

Catherine Dyer, LLB 1982

Current position: Crown Agent of the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service. Queen’s & Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer.

‘In my role as Chief Executive I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the service,’ Catherine explains. But this is just one of her responsibilities with COPFS. ‘As Crown Agent I act as the principal adviser on prosecution matters to the Lord Advocate, who is the ministerial head of COPFS.’

Catherine is also responsible for decisions about whether to claim ownerless goods on behalf of the Crown in her role as Queen’s & Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer. ‘These items could include assets of dissolved companies or from individuals who have died without leaving a will and have no relatives to inherit,’ says Catherine. ‘There is also the Treasure Trove of ancient artefacts that have been found and could be claimed and allocated to museums in Scotland.’

When asked about how her studies have helped her in her career, Catherine comments: ‘My degree gave me the confidence to investigate and examine the history of issues, as well as recognition of the need to keep up with emerging developments.’

During her University days Catherine got involved with clubs and societies and became an elected member of the Students’ Representative Council. ‘I think that all my experiences at Glasgow made me more confident,’ Catherine says. ‘I knew that I could take on new and different challenges.’

Interview from Avenue 55 (January 2014)

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