Research PG


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen ES01, E Block, Taylor Building, Aberdeen University


David gained an Accelerated LLB in Scots Law from Dundee University in 2015 and a Masters degree in Law by research into numerical aspects of the Scots law of corroboration in 2016 from Aberdeen University. He is currently undertaking PhD research into ways to protect complainers in sexual offences. In an article on jury verdicts in the Scottish Legal News (SLN) Annual Review in 2018, he quantitatively compared 12 and 15 person juries, majorities and verdicts. SLN have also linked in to several law school blogs (electronically published by Aberdeen University School of Law) covering criminal cases in civil courts and 'Jurisengineering'; the author's quantitative approach to jurisprudence and legal analysis. Actively involved in current debates and reviews on the assessment and admissibility of prejudicial evidence with regard to the promotion of judge/panel/tribunal-led, non-jury trials in rape cases and the general need for systematic, as opposed to piecemeal, legal reform - particularly with respect to the limitations of s274/275 legislation.

Prior to his interdisciplinary career change in order to 'seek new horizons', he was an established consulting engineer with almost 30 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry. His professional CV includes: a BSc in Engineering Science from Aberdeen University in 1980: published works on design, development and implementation of innovative multifaceted systems, including Horizontal Subsea Tree Design and Installation (OTC Paper 8252, Houston, May 1996) and Subsea Wirelining (Offshore Magazine, May 1991): author of in-house guidelines on Quantitative Risk Assessment for Subsea Installations and Safety Case submissions for Texaco North Sea UK Ltd, and Subsea Hydrate Mitigation, also for Texaco North Sea: author of a distance learning MSc course module in Subsea Engineering for Robert Gordons University: acted as expert witness in subsea engineering patent litigation for McGrigors, Edinburgh (now Pinsent Masons), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London and Arnold White and Durkee, Houston. David has undertaken many CPD courses including several project management courses and a module on Managing Design with the Open University. He retired from his engineering consultancy business in 2012. 


Research Interests

Evidence and Procedure, Scots Criminal Law, comparative criminal and civil procedures, protecting complainers in sexual offences, jury research, options for legal development in these areas. Jurisengineering.

Current Research

Protecting Complainers in Sexual Offences: Next Steps for Scotland


Providing submissions and responses to the Gillen Review and to Ann Coffey MP on options for non-jury trials in rape cases.

Research Grants

Elphinstone PhD Scholarship


Teaching Responsibilities

I have provided tuition for a number of years in non-legal subjects. More recently conducted criminal law tutorials at Aberdeen University, providing structured handouts on key issues. Previously authored a distance learning MSc module.