Dr Alisdair MacPherson

Dr Alisdair MacPherson
Dr Alisdair MacPherson
Dr Alisdair MacPherson

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

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

About
Email Address
alisdair.macpherson@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272426
Office Address
Taylor Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
High Street
AB24 3UB

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School/Department
School of Law

Biography

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 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, first published in hardback in 2022, and in paperback in 2024. 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 formerly a member of the Scottish Law Commission's Moveable Transactions Advisory Group. He was also on the Law Society of Scotland's Board of Examiners as examiner for Scots Commercial Law. Alisdair is currently on the Council of the WS Society and is 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 also provides opinions, consultancy services and CPD in relation to his areas of research, especially insolvency law, debt enforcement 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

Personal Tutor

Co-Director of the Centre for Scots Law

Corporate Finance and Law LLM Coordinator

Employability, Entrepreneurship and Co-Curricular Committee Convenor

Enterprise and Innovation Lead (2023-2024)

Strategic Activity Lead for Public Policy Engagement (Centre for Scots Law) (2020-2023)

Library Committee Convenor (2021-2023)

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

External Examiner, University of Glasgow

Member of R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals) Scottish Technical Committee

Book Review Editor for Edinburgh Law Review (2019-2024)

Member of the Scottish Law Commission's Moveable Transactions Advisory Group (2016-2018)

Scots Commercial Law Examiner, Law Society of Scotland (2019-2023)

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

Associate Member of Society of Advocates in Aberdeen

Council Member of WS Society

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

University of Aberdeen - Principal's Early Career Outstanding Researcher Award (Arts, Humanities and Social Science) (2022) 

Research

Research Overview

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
  • Electronic letters of credit 

He has also previously supervised research on the law of securitisations and ex-ante protections for minority shareholders.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Law

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Business Law
  • Law
  • Scots Law
  • Private Law
  • Property Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Knowledge Exchange

Selected Papers and Presentations

"The Concept of Commercial Law in Scotland" (with J Hardman (Edinburgh)), Development of Commercial Law in Scotland Conference, University of Strathclyde (26 January 2024)

"The Reform of Secured Transactions: Trends and Reflections", AFG College, University of Aberdeen (Doha) (20 November 2023)

"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)

Blog Posts 

B Yuksel Ripley and A MacPherson, "Digital Assets Law Reform in England and Wales and Prospects for Scotland", University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog (21 July 2022)

J Hardman and A MacPherson, "'A Floating Charge' - A Conversation with Jonny Hardman and Alisdair MacPherson", Edinburgh University Press Blog (14 June 2022)

A MacPherson, "Brae Oilfield, Decommissioning Liabilities and Default", University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog (23 February 2022)

A MacPherson, "Property and Insolvency Law: The Need for Multiple Perspectives", University of Aberdeen School of Law 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)

Datasets

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

Datasets

  • Scottish Companies Who Have Filed Certain Insolvency Forms between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020

    This 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.
    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/3040
    Publisher
    University of Edinburgh
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

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

LS504H – Corporate Finance Law

LS553L – Debt Finance Law (2021-2023)

LS553M – Equity Finance Law (2021-2023)

QL5007 – 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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