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

Senior Lecturer


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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.

Since January 2017, Malcolm has been a Case and Comment editor of the Juridical Review, the law journal of the Scottish universities. Submissions in the house style of between 2,000 - 3,000 words can be sent to him via email.

In 2017 he became a trustee of CLEO, the Clinical Legal Education Organisation, a charity registered in England and Wales that works for and with student law clinics across the UK. He is the honorary secretary of of the Scottish University Law Clinic Network, a body that seeks to coordinate pro bono student legal activity across Scotland.

In 2017 he was appointed as External Adviser to the Scottish Government's independent Deer Working Group. Also in 2017, he was appointed to the Law Society of Scotland's Access to Justice Committee.

He was a Council member of The Stair Society (a Scottish legal history society) from 2013 - 2018. In June 2013, he was appointed an adviser to the Land Reform Review Group, which reported in 2014.


Research Interests

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

Current Research

Current research considers private regulation of land use, abandonment of land, policy-oriented land law reform, and landlord and tenant law.


Malcolm has worked with researchers at institutions such as Scotland's Rural College, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the James Hutton Institute, collaborating with them to write a number of reports for the Scottish Land Commission.

Research Grants

In 2017 Malcolm was awarded a Research Incentive Grant by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. This was put towards research into land reform and aspects of land law, including a research trip to South Africa.

Further Info

External Responsibilities

External examiner, University of Stirling (2019 - ).

External examiner, University of Cape Town (2018 -  ).

External examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University (2012 - 2017).

External adviser to the Deer Working Group.

Member of the Law Society of Scotland's Access to Justice Committee.

Admin Responsibilities

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

Marketing and Internationalisation.

Information Champion.



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  • Combe, MM 2019, Property Law. in G Black (ed.), Business Law in Scotland. 4 edn, W. Green, Edinburgh, pp. 317-344.
  • Robson, P & Combe, MM 2019, Residential Tenancies: Private & Social Renting in Scotland. 4 edn, W. Green, United Kingdom.
  • Mackie, C & Combe, M 2019, 'Charges on Land for Environmental Liabilities: A Matter Of ‘Priority’ For Scotland' Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 83-108. [Online] DOI:
  • Combe, MM & Cusine, DJ 2019, 'Public access to land in Scots law: two cases on the continuing place for public rights of way' Juridical Review, vol. 2019, no. 1, pp. 96-102.
  • Combe, MM 2018, 'A comment on Case and Comment' Juridical Review, vol. 3, pp. 149-150.
  • Combe, MM 2018, 'Case Comment: Manson v Midlothian Council' Scots Law Times, vol. 36, pp. 149-152.
  • Mc Morran, R, Lawrence, A, Glass, J, Hollingdale, J, McKee, A, Campbell, D & Combe, M 2018, Review of the effectiveness of current community ownership mechanisms and of options for supporting the expansion of community ownership in Scotland. Scottish Land Commission, United Kingdom.
  • Combe, M 2018, 'Better access to the law' Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol. 63, no. 10.
  • Combe, MM 2018, Community Rights in Scots Property Law. in T Xu & A Clarke (eds), Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property. Proceedings of the British Academy, Oxford University Press, pp. 79–101.
  • Lovett, JA & Combe, MM 2018, 'The Parable of Portobello: Lessons and Questions from the First Urban Acquisition under the Scottish Community Right to Buy Regime' Montana Law Review.
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