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Glasgow's McCarthy appointed to Scottish Law Commission
Dr Frankie McCarthy, a senior lecturer in private law at the University of Glasgow, has been appointed as a full time commissioner of the Scottish Law Commission.
Dr McCarthy has taught at the university since 2007. She is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh (LLB, DPLP) and Glasgow (PhD), and was admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Scotland in 2004. Her teaching and research interests are in property law and family law, and she has published widely in relation to both. She was awarded her PhD for a thesis exploring the limits of article 1 of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Her appointment will be for five years and runs from 1 October 2019 to
30 September 2024. She succeeds Dr Andrew Steven, who has reached the end of his term.
For the first time in its 54 year history, a majority of the five commissioners at the Scottish Law Commission will be women.
Welcoming the appointment, Lady Paton, chair of the Scottish Law Commission, said: "I congratulate Dr McCarthy on her appointment as commissioner and wish her every success in the role as the lead commissioner for our property law projects. The importance of systematic law reform by the country’s independent law reform agency cannot be underestimated. It is vital for our society that the law is kept up to date and in tune with today’s values and beliefs. It is critical also for the prosperity of the country that business and commerce can rely on a legal system that meets modern needs. This is particularly true of the law relating to heritable securities, a review of which is already underway and which will now be led by Dr McCarthy."