Mr MALCOLM COMBE The University of Aberdeen Law Mr MALCOLM COMBE Lecturer work +44 (0)1224 272435


LLB (Hons) (Strath); Dip LP (Aberd); Solicitor (Scotland (2008) and England & Wales (2009) (non-practising)); NP; FHEA


Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 272435



Malcolm joined the School following a period as a solicitor in private practice, during which time he spent eight months on secondment to the investment arm of a FTSE 100 company. He previously tutored on a part-time basis at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen.

Malcolm is the Faculty Director of Casus Omissus, the Aberdeen Law Project, putting him in a supervisory role of the student run pro bono legal advice centre.

In June 2013, Malcolm was appointed an adviser to the Land Reform Review Group.

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Research Interests

Property law (particularly land reform), commercial law and clinical legal education.

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External Responsibilities

External examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Contributions to Journals


  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Remedial works in agricultural holdings'. Scots Law Times, vol 15, pp. 70-71.
  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Land Reform Revisited: The Land of Scotland and the Common Good'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 18, no. 3, pp. 410-413.,
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/elr.2014.0235
  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Selling intra-curricular clinical legal education'. The Law Teacher, vol 48, no. 3, pp. 281-295.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2014.965950
  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Title to Tissue'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 59, no. 11, pp. 4-4.
  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Planning Land Reform'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 59, no. 9, pp. 4-4.
  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Get off that land – Non-owner regulation of access to land'. Juridical Review, vol 2014, no. 4, pp. 287-317.
  • Combe, MM. (2013). 'Ruaig an Fhèidh: 3'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 58, no. 2, pp. 31-33.
  • Combe, MM. (2013). 'Lessons in Scots law: the common good school'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 63-68.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/elr.2013.0139
  • Combe, M. (2013). 'The road to land reform, but where is it going?'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 58, no. 6, pp. 34-35.
  • Combe, MM. (2013). 'Peaceful enjoyment of farmland at the Supreme Court'. Scots Law Times, pp. 201-203.
  • Combe, MM. (2012). 'Reflective learning explained'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 57, no. 8.
  • Combe, MM. (2012). 'Rural lessons for urban conveyancing'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 57, no. 8, pp. 32-33.
  • Combe, MM. (2012). 'Human rights, limited competence and limited partnerships: Salvesen v Riddell'. Scots Law Times, pp. 193-200.
  • Combe, MM. (2011). 'Ruaig an Fhèidh: The prospects for a challenge to the legislation on which the crofters of the Pairc Estate rely in their land rights dispute with their landlord'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol May 2011, pp. 54-55.
  • Combe, MM. (2010). 'Access to Land and to Landownership'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 14, no. 1, pp. 106-113.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/E1364980909000912
  • Combe, MM. (2010). 'Crofting, Nominee Sales and the Separation of Powers'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 14, no. 3, pp. 458-463.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/E136498091000168X
  • Combe, M. (2010). 'Route to freedom'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 55, no. 1, pp. 56-58.
  • Combe, M. (2010). 'The whole deal'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 55, no. 11, pp. 24-25.
  • Combe, MM. (2008). 'No Place Like Home: Access Rights Over Gardens'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 463-468.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/E1364980908000735
  • Combe, MM. (2007). 'Good Neighbour Agreements - Bad Law?'. Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 52, no. 8, pp. 50-53.
  • Carey-Miller, DL. & Combe, MM. (2006). 'The Boundaries of Property Rights in Scots Law: Report to the XVIIth Congress of Comparative Law, July 2006'. Electronic Journal of Comparative Law, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 1-26.
  • Combe, MM. (2006). 'Parts 2 and 3 of the land reform act (Scotland) Act 2003: A Definitive Answer to the Scottish Land Question?'. Juridical Review, vol 2006, no. 3, pp. 195-227.
  • Combe, MM. (2006). 'No Place Like Holme : Community Expectations and the Right to Buy'. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 11, no. 1, pp. 109-116.

Comments and Debates

Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Review of Angus McAllister, 'Scottish Law of Leases''. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 18, no. 2, pp. 301-303.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/elr.2014.0219
  • Combe, MM. (2014). 'Review of 'Time-Limited Interests in Land - The Common Core of European Private Law' by Cornelius Van Der Merwe and Alain-Laurent Verbeke (eds.)'. Zeitschrift für Europaisches Privatrecht, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 449-450.
  • Combe, MM. (2012). 'Review of Alan Paterson, 'Lawyers and the Public Good: Democracy in Action?''. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 466-468.
    [Online] DOI: 10.3366/elr.2012.0131
    [Online] AURA: Combe_Paterson_review_elr.2012.pdf
  • Combe, MM. (2011). 'Review of Andy Wightman, 'The Poor had no Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland (and how they got it)''. Environmental Law Review, vol 13, no. 3, pp. 242-243.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1350/enlr.2011.13.3.131

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Combe, MM. & Bain, D. (2012). 'Leases'. in HL MacQueen (ed.), Gloag and Henderson: The Law of Scotland. 13 edn, W Green, Edinburgh, pp. 845-921.

Books and Reports


  • Combe, MM. (2013). Commercial Law Essentials. 2 edn, Dundee University Press.

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