Dr Alisdair MacPherson

Dr Alisdair MacPherson
MA (Hons), LLB, DipLP, PhD, Solicitor (Non-Practising), NP, WS, FHEA

Lecturer

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Dr Alisdair MacPherson
Dr Alisdair MacPherson

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room C46F, School of Law, Taylor Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB

Biography

Alisdair joined the School of Law as a lecturer in June 2018, having previously been a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh since September 2017. Alisdair carried out PhD research at the University of Edinburgh on floating charges and successfully defended his thesis, "The Attachment of the Floating Charge in Scots Law", in December 2017. This research was supervised by Mr Scott Wortley and Professor George Gretton and has now been published as a monograph, The Floating Charge, in the Studies in Scots Law series.

During the course of 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, Alisdair 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 member of the European Law Institute.

Alisdair is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law and the Centre for Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen. He regularly responds to consultations and calls for evidence and co-ordinates submissions on behalf of the Centre for Scots Law. He is also a Writer to the Signet.

In 2020, Alisdair became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal

Personal Tutor

Corporate Finance and Law LLM Coordinator

Strategic Activity Lead for Public Policy Engagement (Centre for Scots Law)

Athena SWAN SAT Member 

Library Committee Member

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

Scots Commercial Law Examiner, Law Society of Scotland

Book Review Editor for Edinburgh Law Review

Member of the Scottish Law Commission's Moveable Transactions Advisory Group

 

Research

Research Overview

Rights in security, insolvency law, company law, commercial 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:

  • The law of securitisation in England, France and Scotland
  • The balancing of interests in corporate insolvency
  • Financial security instruments for decommissioning liabilities

Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement

Papers and Presentations

“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)

Blog Posts 

A MacPherson, "Property and Insolvency Law: The Need for Multiple Perspectives", University of Aberdeen Law School Blog (29 October 2020)

A MacPherson and D McKenzie Skene, "Legislating for the Insolvency Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis", University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog (16 April 2020) 

A MacPherson and D McKenzie Skene, "Debt and Insolvency Law in the Age of Coronavirus", University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog (23 March 2020) 

A MacPherson and CS Rupp, "A Child of the YPLF: Floating Charges in Comparative Perspective", Young Property Lawyers Forum (10 July 2019)

A MacPherson and CS Rupp, "Floating Charges in Comparative Perspective", University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog (5 July 2019)

A MacPherson and D McKenzie Skene, "Back to the Future? The Partial Reinstatement of the Crown Preference in Insolvency", University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog (12 December 2018)

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

LS2031 – Property Law

LS2525 – Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (Course Co-ordinator)

LS2533 – Business Law

LS3030 – Law of Equity and Trusts of England and Wales (Course Co-ordinator)

LS4067/LX4067 – Corporate Finance Law (Honours) (Course Co-ordinator)

LS501G – Comparative and International Perspectives on Company Law (LLM) (Course Co-ordinator)

LS503D – Financing of International Sales - Distance Learning (2019-2020)

LS503N – Introduction to Corporate Finance Law (Course Co-ordinator)

LS553L – Debt Finance Law (Course Co-ordinator)

LS553M – Equity Finance Law (Course Co-ordinator)

Publications

Publications 

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  • A Divided Kingdom? Insolvency Law in Scotland

    Macpherson, A.

    INSOL International

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Avizandum Statutes on Scots Commercial and Consumer Law 2020-2021

    Macpherson, A.

    Edinburgh University Press

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Bleak Brexit

    Macpherson, A.

    Zeitschrift für Europaisches Privatrecht, pp. 529-530

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Commercial Law in Scotland

    Macgregor, L., Garrity, D., Hardman, J., Macpherson, A., Richardson, L.

    W Green/Thomson Reuters

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Floating Charges

    Macpherson, A., Wortley, S.

    Gordon and Wortley’s Scottish Land Law. 3 edition. W Green/Thomson Reuters

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Gerard McCormack & Reinhard Bork (eds), Security Rights and the European Insolvency Regulation

    Macpherson, A. D. J.

    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 166-169

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Involuntary Heritable Securities

    Macpherson, A., Wortley, S.

    Gordon and Wortley’s Scottish Land Law. 3 edition. W Green/Thomson Reuters

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Robin M White, Dundee Law 1865-1967: The Development of a Law School in a Time of Change

    Macpherson, A. D. J.

    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 320-321

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • The Floating Charge

    Macpherson, A. D. J.

    Edinburgh Legal Education Trust, Edinburgh

    Books and Reports: Books

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