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Laura Macgregor

Chair of Scots Law

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

She welcomes PhD enquiries which relate generally to her fields of interest. In particular she would be interested in supervising research into agency law, partnership law or contract law within Europe.


Laura Macgregor currently holds the chair of Commercial Contract Law. She was recently appointed to the Law School's prestigious Chair of Scots Law, her appointment beginning on 1 July 2020. She will be the first woman since the Chair's inception 297 years ago to hold the Chair. Before becoming an academic Laura spent several years as a solicitor in practice with a major Scottish law firm in Edinburgh. She began her academic career as a lecturer at Glasgow Law School, joining Edinburgh Law School in 2002. 

Research Interests

Laura's interests lie in the field of commercial law, specifically contract law, agency law and partnership.  Her research considers Scots law in its comparative context, both European and global. She is also interested in legal history.

She is the author of the leading monograph, Agency Law in Scotland, (ISBN 9780414018051), published in the prestigious Scottish Universities Law Institute Series. 

Currently working on a project on the law of partnership, her most recent article, 'Partnerships and Legal Personality: A Cautionary Tale From Scotland' will be published by the Journal of Corporate Law Studies in 2020. 



Research Groups

Laura is a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law. This is a research centre which aims to build stronger links between academia and the various parts of the legal community in Scotland. The blog for the Centre can be found here: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ecclblog/.

Collaborative Activity

Laura has edited a number of collaborative projects in the field of European private law. Most recently, with C J W Baaij and David Cabrelli, she has edited a project on Interpretation of Commercial Contracts in European Private Law, under the auspices of the Common Core of European Private Law. Together with the other editors, she produced a questionnaire which was answered by reporters from fourteen different European legal systems. The editors then produced a comparative analysis and different reflective chapters. The outcome of this project will be published by Intersentia in early 2020. 

Laura retains strong links with the legal profession and is heavily involved in the provision of CPD training to Scottish law firms. She has designed and delivered training on the law of contract to Scottish Sheriffs through the Judicial Institute. Her annual CPD course, Update on Contract Law, delivered under the auspices of Edinburgh Law Seminars, takes place each year in May. The course is delivered in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and online to the Highlands and Islands. 


Research outputs

  1. Agency

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Commercial Law in Scotland

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Partnership

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Ben Beinart Memorial Lecture

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Law School, University of Cape Town

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

  3. Shaping Fiduciary Duties Around Partnership Relationships: LPs and LLPs

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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