Gillian Mawdsley is a Scottish practising solicitor, principally focused now in lecturing and teaching roles in Law at the Open University, Edinburgh University and Strathclyde University. Her professional background was gained mainly in the public sector, including policy work at Scottish Government and the Law Society of Scotland. She worked within Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (as a Procurator Fiscal Depute for nearly 20 years.) During that time, she worked in the Deaths Unit, investigating a significant number of homicides and sudden deaths and undertook a number of FAIs, specialising in complex medical deaths. She has longstanding interests in law and medicine. She is committed to the importance of improving awareness and understanding of the law for the public and practitioners.