Commissioner re-appointed

5 Jul 2024

Public appointment: Commissioner reappointed to the Scottish Law Commission - (

The Minister for Victims and Community Safety, Siobhian Brown MSP, yesterday announced the reappointment of Professor Frankie McCarthy as a Commissioner of the Scottish Law Commission.

Professor McCarthy has held a Ministerial appointment as Commissioner to the Scottish Law Commission since 1 October 2019. She is leading the Scottish Law Commission’s work on Heritable Securities and on Tenement law: compulsory owners’ associations. Her knowledge and experience in these matters continues to be of great benefit to the Commission.

Frankie McCarthy is a Professor of Private Law at the University of Glasgow, where she has been in post first as a lecturer, then a senior lecturer, since 2007. She teaches and researches in property law and family law, and has published widely in both fields. She is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh (LLB, DipLP) and Glasgow (PhD) and has been admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Scotland.

This reappointment will be for 3 years, from 1 October 2024 to 30 September 2027.

The post is full-time and carries a remuneration of £105,668. Professor McCarthy holds no other public appointments.

The Scottish Law Commission, along with its counterpart for England and Wales, was set up by the Law Commissions Act 1965. It exists to keep the law of Scotland under review with a view to its modernisation, simplification and systematic reform. The Commission receives and considers proposals for changes to the law, examines particular branches of the law, and makes recommendations for reform.

This Ministerial public re-appointment was made in accordance with the code of practice published by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Professor McCarthy has undertaken no political activities over the last five years.