Alisdair joined the School of Law as a lecturer in June 2018, having previously been a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He carried out postgraduate research at the University of Edinburgh on floating charges and was awarded a PhD in 2018 for his thesis "The Attachment of the Floating Charge in Scots Law". This research was supervised by Mr Scott Wortley and Professor George Gretton and has been published as a monograph, The Floating Charge, in the Studies in Scots Law series. Alisdair has continued to research in this area, and in related fields, and is a co-editor of Floating Charges in Scotland: New Perspectives and Current Issues. He is also a co-author of Commercial Law in Scotland and Scottish Commercial Law Essentials and the editor of Avizandum Statutes in Scots Commercial and Consumer Law.
During his doctoral studies, Alisdair spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Prior to commencing his PhD research, he qualified as a solicitor and notary public in Scotland. In addition, he holds an MA (Hons) in history, LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice, all from the University of Edinburgh.
Alisdair was a member of the Scottish Law Commission's Moveable Transactions Advisory Group. He is on the Law Society of Scotland's Board of Examiners as examiner for Scots Commercial Law and is part of the Ius Commune Research School. He is also a Writer to the Signet and a member of the European Law Institute.
Alisdair is co-director of the Centre for Scots Law and a member of the Centre for Commercial Law and the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen. He regularly responds to consultations and calls for evidence. Alisdair is also willing to provide opinions and consultancy services in relation to his areas of research, especially insolvency law and secured transactions.
In summer 2022 he was a visiting academic at the University of Oxford's Institute of European and Comparative Law.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Corporate Finance and Law LLM Coordinator
Strategic Activity Lead for Public Policy Engagement (Centre for Scots Law)
Library Committee Convenor
Employability, Entrepreneurship and Co-Curricular Committee Convenor
Qatar LLM Programme Coordinator (2022)
Commercial Law Theme Coordinator (2022)
Honorary Secretary of the Aberdeen Student Law Review (2020-2022)
Athena SWAN SAT Member (2019-2022)
Employer Liaison Committee (2018-2020)
Deputy LLM Admissions Selector (2018-2020)
LLM International Commercial Law Co-ordinator (2019)
LLM Business Law and Sustainable Development Co-ordinator (2019)
Study Abroad Co-ordinator (2019-2020)
Digital Learning Representative (2019-2020)
- External Memberships
Scots Commercial Law Examiner, Law Society of Scotland
External Examiner, University of Glasgow
Book Review Editor for Edinburgh Law Review
Member of the Scottish Law Commission's Moveable Transactions Advisory Group
Member of the Banking, Company and Insolvency Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of European Law Institute
Member of Ius Commune Research School
Member of the Stair Society
Prizes and Awards
University of Aberdeen - Principal's Early Career Outstanding Researcher Award (Arts, Humanities and Social Science) (2022)
Secured transactions, insolvency law, commercial law, company law, property law, law of trusts, comparative law, modern legal history.
Alisdair would be interested in supervising research students working in any of these areas. He is currently supervising PhD research on the following topics:
- Financial security instruments for decommissioning liabilities
- The protection of shareholders in company law
- Employee participation in corporate governance
He has also previously supervised research on the law of securitisation in England, France and Scotland, and policy conflicts in relation to insolvency law.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Floating Charges in Scotland: New Perspectives and Current Issues
Alisdair is a co-editor of, and contributor to, Floating Charges in Scotland: New Perspectives and Current Issues. The book is an edited collection published by Edinburgh University Press in 2022. It contains chapters by leading experts, who examine various aspects of floating charges from a number of different perspectives. The chapters are grouped into three parts: The History of Floating Charges; Theoretical, Comparative and Policy Perspectives; and Practice, Doctrine and the Future.
Papers and Presentations
"Reflections on the Future of Moveable Security in Scotland", Moveable Transactions Reform Conference, University of Edinburgh (21 April 2023)
"Floating Charges in Comparative Perspective", Institute of European and Comparative Law Seminar, University of Oxford (28 June 2022)
"Recent Developments in Corporate Insolvency Law: CIGA 2020 and Beyond", Insolvency Law Conference, Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow (30 March 2022)
"The 'Pre-History' of Floating Charges in Scots Law", Scottish Property Law Discussion Group (28 October 2020)
"Consumer Sales Contracts: Transfer of Ownership", Scottish Law Commission Workshop on Consumer Contracts in Scotland: Reforming the Law of Transfer of Ownership (8 October 2020)
"The 'Pre-History' of Floating Charges in Scots Law", Scottish Legal History Group Conference (3 October 2020)
"Floating Charges in Comparative Perspective", Young Property Lawyers’ Forum Experts' Meeting, University of Glasgow (5 June 2019)
"The Reform of Security over Moveable Property in Scots Law", Young Property Lawyers’ Forum, University of Maastricht (28 May 2018)
"A Real Right Sui Generis? The Floating Charge in Scots Law", Young Property Lawyers' Forum, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg (23 September 2016)
"Floating Charges and Trust Property in Scots Law", Scots Law Discussion Group, University of Edinburgh (24 June 2016)
"The Floating Charge in Scots Law and its Attachment to Property", Modern Studies in Property Law Postgraduate Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast (7 April 2016)
"A Tale of Two Mixed Systems: Assignation/Cession in Security in Scotland and South Africa", Young Property Lawyers’ Forum, University of Groningen (23 November 2015)
"The Floating Charge Attachment and Ranking Paradox in Scots Law", Aktuelle Stunde, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg (21 October 2014)
J Hardman and A D J MacPherson, "Scottish Companies Who Have Filed Certain Insolvency Forms between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020" (2021) DOI: https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/3040
Scottish Companies Who Have Filed Certain Insolvency Forms between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020This workbook contains a list of all of the Scottish companies who had filed certain insolvency related forms (WU15(Scot) or LIQ14(Scot)) between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.
LS2525 – Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (Course Co-ordinator)
LS4067/LX4067 – Corporate Finance Law (Honours) (Joint Course Co-ordinator)
LS4573/LX4573 – Corporate Insolvency Law (Honours) (Course Co-ordinator)
LS501G – Comparative and International Perspectives on Company Law (LLM)
LS501R – Advanced Research Skills for Postgraduate Researchers
LS553L – Debt Finance Law (Course Co-ordinator)
LS553M – Equity Finance Law (Course Co-ordinator)
QL5503 – Comparative and International Perspectives on Company Law (LLM – Qatar) (Course Co-ordinator)
LS503N – Introduction to Corporate Finance Law (2020-2021)
LS2031 – Property Law (2019-2020)
LS2533 – Business Law (2018-2020)
LS3030 – Law of Equity and Trusts of England and Wales (2018-2023)
LS503D – Financing of International Sales - Distance Learning (2019-2020)
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Response to Scottish Law Commission Discussion Paper on Heritable Securities:: Non-Monetary Securities and Sub-SecuritiesUniversity of Aberdeen: School of Law.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Small and State Funded: An Empirical Study of Liquidations in ScotlandInternational Insolvency ReviewContributions to Journals: Articles
Avizandum Statutes on Scots Commercial and Consumer Law: 2023-2024Edinburgh University Press. 664 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
United Kingdom (UK) Report for Questionnaire in View of the General Report on Cryptocurrencies: The Impossible Domestic Law Regime?Commissioned by International Academy of Comparative Law. 116 pagesBooks and Reports: Commissioned Reports
Response to Scottish Parliament (Economy and Fair Work Committee) Call for Views on Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) BillUniversity of Aberdeen: School of Law (Document). 6 pages.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Response to Bank of England and HM Treasury Consultation on the Digital Pound: A New Form of Money for Households and Businesses?University of Aberdeen: School of Law (pdf). 4 pages.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Introduction to the Scottish Legislation (Corporate Insolvency)Sealy & Milman: Annotated Guide to the Insolvency Legislation 2023. Milman, D., Bailey, P. (eds.). 26 editionChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Response to UK Government Consultation and Call for Evidence on the Future Financial Services Regulatory Regime for CryptoassetsUniversity of Aberdeen: School of Law (Document).Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Insolvency Law Through the Lens of Property Law and TheoryRe-examining Insolvency Law and Theory. Ghio, E., Wood, J., Gant, J. (eds.). Edward Elgar PublishingChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Response to Scottish Parliament (Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee) Consultation on Trusts and Succession (Scotland) BillUniversity of Aberdeen: School of Law (Document). 4 pages.Other Contributions: Other Contributions