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 and the Honorary Secretary of the Aberdeen Student Law Review.
In 2020, Alisdair became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
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 Memberships
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
Member of the Banking, Company and Insolvency Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland
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
I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
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)
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
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)
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The Empirical Importance of the Floating Charge in ScotlandFloating Charges in Scotland. Hardman, J., MacPherson, A. D. J. (eds.). Edinburgh University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Editors' PrefaceFloating Charges in Scotland. Hardman, J., MacPherson, A. D. J. (eds.). Edinburgh University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Floating Charges in Scotland: New Perspectives and Current IssuesEdinburgh University PressBooks and Reports: Books
The "Pre-History" of Floating Charges in Scots LawFloating Charges in Scotland. Hardman, J., MacPherson, A. D. J. (eds.). Edinburgh University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Genesis of the Scottish Floating ChargeFloating Charges in Scotland. Hardman, J., MacPherson, A. J. D. (eds.). Edinburgh University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Ranking of Floating ChargesFloating Charges in Scotland. Hardman, J., MacPherson, A. D. J. (eds.). Edinburgh University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Louise Gullifer and Jennifer Payne, Corporate Finance Law: Principles and Policy. 3rd ed. 2020: Book ReviewEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 417-419Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Avizandum Statutes on Scots Commercial and Consumer Law: 2021-2022Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. 640 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Accretion of Title in Scots Law: Property Law Doing what the Granter is Obliged to DoTBCChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Criminal Liability for Insider Dealing: A Comparison of Germany and the UKZeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft, vol. 133, no. 2, pp. 587-611Contributions to Journals: Articles