Lord President Reid Professor of Law

BA, LLB, WS, FRSE

Biography

Professor George Gretton holds the Lord President Reid Chair of Law at the University of Edinburgh. His interests lie in the fields of commercial law, property law, trusts, insolvency law, comparative law and legal history. From 2006 to 2011 he was a Commissioner at the Scottish Law Commission.

He currently co-supervises the following doctoral students: Craig Anderson, Patrick Galea, Bonnie Holligan and John MacLeod.

Courses Taught

Property Law (Honours)

PhD Supervisees

Bonnie Holligan  'Protection of Ownership in Scots Law'

Books

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2012 (Avizandum Publishing Ltd, 2013)

George L Gretton, Andrew J. M. Steven Property, Trusts and Succession, 2nd edn (Bloomsbury Professional, 2013)
Abstract: This book is aimed at LLB students in Scotland studying property, trusts and succession.

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2011 (Avizandum, 2012)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2010 (Avizandum, 2011)

George L Gretton, Kenneth Reid Conveyancing (4th edn) (W Green, 2011)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2009 (Avizandum, 2010)

George L Gretton, Kenneth Reid Conveyancing 2008 (Avizandum, 2009)

George L Gretton, Andrew J. M. Steven Property, Trusts and Succession (Tottel Publishing, 2009)
Abstract: This book is aimed at LLB students in Scotland studying property, trusts and succession.

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2007 (Avizandum Publishing Ltd, 2008)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2006 (Avizandum Publishing, 2007)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2005 (Avizandum Publishing, 2006)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2004 (Avizandum Publishing, 2005)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2003 (LexisNexis, 2004)

George L Gretton, Kenneth Reid Conveyancing (3rd edn) (Thomson/W Green, 2004)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2002 (LexisNexis, 2003)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2001 (Butterworths, 2002)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 2000 (Butterworths, 2001)

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton Conveyancing 1999 (T & T Clark, 2000)

George L Gretton The Law of Inhibition and Adjudication (2nd edn) (1996)

Journal Articles

George L Gretton 'Reform of Securty over Movable Property' (2012) Edinburgh Law Review 16 261-67

George L Gretton 'The Laws of the Game' (2012) Edinburgh Law Review 16 414-20

George L Gretton 'Upsetting the Apple-Cart: Standard Securities before the Supreme Court' (2011) Edinburgh Law Review 15 251

George L Gretton 'Missives by Fax or PDF?' (2010) Edinburgh Law Review 280

George L Gretton 'Ownership and its Objects' (2007) Rabels Zeitschrift Vol 71 p 802

George L Gretton 'Legal Science or Law-Lite?' (2006) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland February14

George L Gretton 'Insolvency Risk in Sale' (2005) Juridical Review 355-344

George L Gretton, Stewart Brymer, Roderick Paisley and Robert Rennie 'Automated Registration of Title to Land' (2005) Juridical Review 201250

George L Gretton 'Ownership and Insolvency: Burnett's Tr v Grainger' (2004) Edinburgh Law Review 8 389395

George L Gretton 'Reception without Integration? Floating Charges and Mixed systems' (2003) Tulane Law Review 78 307-332

George L Gretton 'Registration of company charges' (2002) Edinburgh Law Review 6 146-175

George L Gretton 'Equitable Ownership in Scots Law?' (2001) Edinburgh Law Review 5 73-80

George L Gretton 'Striking the Balance' (2001) Scots Law Times 255-260

George L Gretton, William W. McBryde 'Sequestration and the Spes Successionis' (2000) Edinburgh Law Review 4(2) 129-146

George L Gretton 'Constructive Trusts and Insolvency' (2000) European Review of Private Law

George L Gretton 'Trusts without Equity' (2000) International and Comparative Law Quarterly Vol49 pp599-620

George L Gretton 'The Tsunami is coming' (1999) Signet Newsletter 3

George L Gretton 'Sexually Transmitted Debt' (1999) Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg pp 419-433

George L Gretton 'Good news for bankers - bad news for lawyers?' (1999) Scots Law Times pp3-55

George L Gretton 'Constructive Trusts' (1997) Edinburgh Law Review Vol 1 pp281-316 408-419
Abstract: This paper was delivered in Edinburgh on 19 October 1996, at a conference on constructive trusts sponsored by the Scottish Law Commission, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh. The first part, which appears in this issue, deals with the nature of the constructive trust, and raises the question of whether it in fact exists in Scots law, and, if it does, to what extent and to what effect. The view arrived at is that it does exist, though only at the margin. It is argued that the doctrine is an unhelpful one and can be productive of injustice. In the second part, which will appear in Issue 3 of Volume 1, possibilities for law reform are examined.

George L Gretton 'Owning Rights and Things' (1997) Stellenbosch Law Review pp176-180

George L Gretton 'Software: Binding the End User' (1996) Journal of Business Law pp524-525

George L Gretton 'Swaps and Unjustified Enrichment' (1996) Journal of Business Law pp327-328

Chapters

George L Gretton 'Security over Moveables in Scots Law' in (eds) The Reform fo UK Personal Property Security Law: Comparative Perspectives (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009) 270-84

George L Gretton 'Fideicommissary Substitutions: Scots Law in Historical and Comparative Perspective' in Kenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann, M. J. De Waal (eds) Exploring the Law of Succession: Studies National, Historical and Comparative (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)

George L Gretton 'Scotland' in Michele Graziadei, Ugo Mattei and Lionel Smith (eds) Commercial Trusts in European Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

George L Gretton 'The Rational and the National' in Elspeth Christie Reid, David Carey Miller (eds) A Mixed Legal System in Transition: T B Smith and the Progress of Scots Law (Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

George L Gretton, Others 'Principles' in William W. McBryde, Axel Flessner and S.C.J.J. Kortmann (eds) Principles of European Insolvency Law (Kluwer Law International, 2005) pp. 625–634

George L Gretton, William W. McBryde 'National Report for Scotland' in William W. McBryde, Axel Flessner and S.C.J.J. Kortmann (eds) Principles of European Insolvency Law (Kluwer Law International, 2005) pp. 529–571

George L Gretton 'Scotland' in William Swadling (eds) The Quistclose Trust: Critical Essays (Hart Publishing, 2004) pp. 169–185

George L Gretton 'Scotland' in Eva-Maria Kieninger (eds) Security Rights in Movable Property in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

George L Gretton, Petrus Nienaber 'Assignation/Cession' in Kenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann, Daniel Visser (eds) Mixed Legal Systems in Comparative Perspective: Property and Obligations in Scotland and South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2004) 787-818

George L Gretton 'Proprietary Issues' in David Johnston and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) Unjustified Enrichment: Key Issues in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

George L Gretton 'The protection of property rights' in Alan Boyle, Chris Himsworth, Hector MacQueen, Andrea Loux (eds) Human Rights and Scots Law (Hart Publishing, 2002) 275-292

George L Gretton 'Constructive Trusts and Insolvency' in J.M. Milo and J.M. Smits (eds) Trusts in Mixed Legal Systems (Ars Aequi Libri, 2001)

George L Gretton 'Trusts' in Kenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) A History of Private Law in Scotland, vol 1: Introduction and Property (Oxford University Press, 2000) pp.480-517
Abstract: One of the central questions in any attempt to study the history of trust must be the extent of English influence. It is a question of considerable difficulty, which is discussed in this chapter. The origins of the trust remain uncertain, and while it must be presumed that English law had some influence - the adoption of the English name is suggestive - the evidence does not support the theory of anything like a reception of English trust law, and, indeed, it is hard to prove any substantial degree of English influence before about the middle of the nineteenth century, by which time the institution had long been established. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267782.003.0012

George L Gretton 'Scots Law in a Golden Age' in Anthony J. Kinahan (eds) Now and Then: A Celebration of Sweet & Maxwell's Bicentenary (Sweet and Maxwell, 1999) 163-172

George L Gretton 'Mixed Systems' in Joseph J. Norton, Mads Andenas (eds) Emerging financial markets and secured transactions (Kluwer Law International, 1998) pp.279-292

George L Gretton 'Scotland: The Evolution of the Trust in a Semi-Civilian System' in R. Helmboltz, R. Zimmermann (eds) Itinera Fiduciae: Trust and Trenhand in Historical perspective (Duncker and Humblot, Berlin , 1998) pp.507-542

George L Gretton 'Titles to Land Consolidation (Scotland) Act' in Robert Rennie (eds) Scottish Conveyancing Legislation (W. Green & Son , 1998) A3 -A75

George L Gretton 'Trust and Patrimony' in Hector MacQueen Scots Law into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of W. A. Wilson (W. Green / Sweet & Maxwell, 1996) pp.182-192

Notes and Reviews

George L Gretton 'Farewell to their Lordships?' (2005) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 514-516

George L Gretton, Stewart Brymer, Roderick Paisley and Robert Rennie 'Waste Paper?' (2004) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 49 5457

George L Gretton 'Feudalism RIP' (2004) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 4914-17

George L Gretton 'Scotland and the Supreme Court' (2003) Scots Law Times 265266

George L Gretton 'The Integrity of Property Law and the Integrity of the Registers' (2001) Scots Law Times 135-138

George L Gretton 'Scots Law in Shock' (1999) European Review of Private Law Vol 6 pp403-406

George L Gretton 'The Reform of Moveable Security Law' (1999) Scots Law Times pp301-305

George L Gretton 'Kaur v Singh' (1998) Scottish Civil Law Reports pp863-865

George L Gretton 'Hewit v Williamson' (1998) Scottish Civil Law Reports pp616-618

George L Gretton 'Review of Reinhard Zimmermann & Daniel Visser (eds) Southern Cross' (1997) Edinburgh Law Review 501-506

George L Gretton 'Casenote on Kaur v Singh' (1997) Scottish Civil Law Reports 1085-1087

George L Gretton 'Servitudes and Uninfeft Proprietors' (1997) Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly pp90-92

George L Gretton 'Sexually Transmitted Debt' (1997) Scots Law Times pp195-197

George L Gretton 'Review of F. Wieacker History of Private Law in Europe' (1996) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 977

George L Gretton 'The Colour of Money' (1996) Scottish Banker p14

George L Gretton 'Case note, Short's Trustee v. Keeper of the Registers, Scottish Civil Case Reports' (1996) Scottish Civil Law Reports pp585-586

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton 'Retention of Title for All Sums: A Reply' (1993) Scots Law Times (News) 165-7

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton 'Romalpa Clauses: The Current Position' (1985) Scots Law Times (News) 329-35

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton 'Insolvency and Title: A Reply' (1985) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 30 109-11

Kenneth Reid, George L Gretton 'Retention of Title in Romalpa Clauses' (1983) Scots Law Times (News) 77-82