Dr Alisdair MacPherson

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

Lecturer

Overview
Dr Alisdair MacPherson
Dr Alisdair MacPherson

Contact Details

Telephone
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Email
Address
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.

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. He is also a Writer to the Signet.

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

Research

Research Interests

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
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

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)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

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

Admin Responsibilities

Personal Tutor

Deputy LLM Admissions Selector

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)

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

Employer Liaison Committee

Athena SWAN SAT Member

Papers and Presentations

“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 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)

Publications

Publications