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Lorna Richardson is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law. Prior to joining the University she was a solicitor, practising as a commercial litigator, with major Scottish law firms. Lorna is also qualified to practice in England and Wales. 

Lorna teaches in a variety of commercial law subjects, both on campus and by distance learning. She teaches at ordinary, honours and LLM levels.

Lorna has significant experience in providing continuous professional development training to the legal profession. She has designed and delivered bespoke training sessions for major law firms and the judiciary, as well as co-presenting the Law School's annual contract law update (details at http://www.edinburghlawseminars.co.uk/contract-update-2017.html). 

Lorna is a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law. The Centre aims to strengthen existing links and foster further links between academia and the wider legal community in Scotland. The Centre's website is at http://www.centreforcommerciallaw.ed.ac.uk/. 



LLB (Hons), DipLP, Solicitor (non-practising), Notary Public 

Current Research Interests

Lorna is currently carrying out research on the influence of English law on the development of Scots contract law in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her focus is on the law of error; and recission for material breach of contract.

Research Interests

Lorna's research interests are in the area of commercial law. She has a particular interest in contract law, especially in relation to interpretation and breach. In her time in practice Lorna acted in a number of contract dispute cases which generated significant comment. Lorna is interested in contract law in a historical and comparative context.

Lorna recently co-authored the latest edition of McAllister's Scottish Law of LeasesShe has written widely in the areas of retention and set-off.


Lorna teaches on the following courses:

  • Commercial Law (Ord)
  • Commercial Leases (Hons) 
  • Contract (Hons)
  • Contract Law in Europe LLM 
  • Contract Law in Europe LLM by distance learning 


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