Gerard Sinclair is the Chief Executive and Principal Solicitor of the SCCRC and took up this appointment on 30 June 2003. Prior to joining the Commission, Gerard was a solicitor in private practice for 18 years, and a senior partner with a law firm in Glasgow. He is qualified in both English and Scottish Law and his legal career included a wide variety of criminal, civil and commercial litigation. He has previously served as a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and is presently Vice-Convenor of the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee. He was appointed a part-time sheriff in June 2006.