New Commissioner

17 Sep 2019

Lady Paton, Chair of the Scottish Law Commission, is delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr Frankie McCarthy as a Commissioner of the Scottish Law Commission.  Lady Paton said today:

"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."

The Scottish Government has issued the following news release:

Commissioner Appointed to Scottish Law Commission

The Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham MSP, today announced the appointment of Dr Frankie McCarthy as a Commissioner of the Scottish Law Commission.


Dr Frankie McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Glasgow, where she has taught since 2007.  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.  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.


This appointment will be for five years and runs from 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2024.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is full-time and attracts a remuneration of £105,668 per annum for a time commitment of 37 hours per week.


Dr McCarthy does not hold any other ministerial public appointments.


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. 

Dr McCarthy has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Scottish Law Commission was established under the Law Commissions Act 1965 for the purposes of promoting the reform of the law of Scotland, and reviewing the law with a view to its systematic development and modernisation. 

Further details on the Scottish Law Commission can be found on their website.