Professor Emeritus of Commercial Law

LLB, PhD, LLD, FRSE

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Biography

Professor of Commercial Law, Edinburgh University, 1999-2005, Emeritus Professor, since 2005;

Apprentice and Assistant, Morton, Smart, Macdonald & Milligan, WS, Edinburgh, 1967-70;

Court Procurator, Biggart, Lumsden & Co., Glasgow, 1970-72;

Lecturer in Private Law, Glasgow University, 1972-76;

Member, Scottish Law Commission Working Party on Contract Law, 1975-2000;

Senior Lecturer in Private Law, Aberdeen University, 1976-87;

Professor of Scots Law, Dundee University, 1987-99 (Deputy and Vice Principal, 1991-94);

Visiting Professor, L'Université de Paris V, 2000-05;

Van der Grinten Professor of Commercial Law, University of Nijmegen, 2002-07.

Specialist Parliamentary Adviser to House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities, 1980-83;

Member: Scottish Consumer Council, 1984-87, Scottish Advisory Committee on Arbitration, since 1986, Member, DTI Working Party on Rights in Security over Moveables, since 1994, Member, International Working Group on Principles of Insolvency Law, since 2000;

Director, Scottish Universities’ Law Institute, 1989-95;

Honorary Sheriff, Tayside, Central and Fife, at Dundee, since 1991.

Recreations: walking; photography.

Books

William W. McBryde The Law of Contract in Scotland, 3rd edn (W.Green / Scottish Universities Law Institute, 2007)

William W. McBryde The Law of Contract in Scotland, 2nd edn (W.Green / Scottish Universities Law Institute, 2001)

William W. McBryde Bankruptcy, 2nd edn (W.Green, 1995)

William W. McBryde The Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1993 (W.Green, 1993)

William W. McBryde Bankruptcy (W.Green, 1989)

William W. McBryde, Norman Dowie Petition Procedure in the Court of Session, 2nd edn (W.Green, 1988)

William W. McBryde The Law of Contract in Scotland (W.Green / Scottish Universities Law Institute, 1987)

William W. McBryde The Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 (W.Green, 1986)

William W. McBryde, Norman Dowie Petition Procedure in the Court of Session (W.Green, 1980)

Edited Books

William W. McBryde, Axel Flessner and S.C.J.J. Kortmann Principles of European Insolvency Law (Kluwer Law International, 2005)
Abstract: In the past decades, many Member States of the European Union have introduced important new legislation in the field of insolvency law. "Principles of European Insolvency Law" tries to capture the common elements that national insolvency laws share, and that make up the essence of insolvency proceedings in Europe. It makes a first, and, so far, unique attempt, to tackle an area of law which is of great commercial importance, but in which, some might have thought it was too difficult to detect a European approach. "Principles of European Insolvency Law" looks to a future of more European integration in areas of Commercial Law and practice. They may serve as working material for further study, which could result in proposals for legislation on a supranational level. In the shorter term, the Principles will be of use in efforts to modernise national insolvency laws by serving as a "European framework". Taking account of the Principles in drafting reform proposals can lead to a greater conformity of new national legislation with the essence of European insolvency law.

Journal Articles

William W. McBryde 'The Scots Law of Breach of Contract: A Mixed System in Operation' (2002) Edinburgh Law Review 6(1) 5-24

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

William W. McBryde 'Law Reform: The Scottish Experience' (1998) Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly 3(2) 86-100

William W. McBryde 'Remedies for Breach of Contract' (1996) Edinburgh Law Review 1(1) 43-78
Abstract: This paper, first presented on 21 October 1995 at a joint seminar of the Scottish Law Commission and the Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh on the subject of breach of contract, is a critical summary of the remedies available in Scots law for breach of contract. It considers interest, specific implement, interdict, breach of contract, the mutuality principle, damages and penalty clauses.

William W. McBryde 'Remoteness in Breach of Contract' (1996) Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly 1(5) 341-351

William W. McBryde 'The Intention to Create Legal Relations' (1992) Juridical Review 274-279

Chapters

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

William W. McBryde 'The Citation of Cases in Court' in Hector MacQueen Scots Law into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of W. A. Wilson (W. Green / Sweet & Maxwell, 1996) pp.170-181

William W. McBryde 'Bourhill v Young: The Case of the Pregnant Fishwife' in DL Carey Miller and DW Meyers (eds) Comparative and Historical Essays in Scots Law: A Tribute to Professor Sir Thomas Smith QC (Butterworths, 1992) 66-77

William W. McBryde 'Donoghue v Stevenson: the Story of the 'Snail in the Bottle' Case' in Alan J Gamble (eds) Obligations in Context: Essays in Honour of Professor DM Walker (W.Green, 1990) 13-32

Notes and Reviews

William W. McBryde 'A Question of Interest' (2007) Edinburgh Law Review 11(2) 242-245

William W. McBryde 'Insolvency Jurisdiction' (2004) Scots Law Times 185-191

William W. McBryde 'The Principles of European Insolvency Law: An Exercise in Drafting' (2004) Edinburgh Law Review 8(1) 111-114

William W. McBryde 'When Friends Fall Out: Robertson v Anderson and Winning at Bingo' (2003) Edinburgh Law Review 7(3) 387-390

William W. McBryde 'A Note on Sword v Sinclair and the Law of Error' (1997) Juridical Review 281-286

William W. McBryde 'Mutuality Retained' (1996) Edinburgh Law Review 1(1) 135-139

William W. McBryde 'Financial Provision on Divorce and Sequestration' (1996) Scots Law Times 389-392

William W. McBryde 'The Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1993' (1993) Scots Law Times 111-114

William W. McBryde 'Trust Deeds for Creditors' (1993) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 38(7) 261-264

William W. McBryde, Iain Scobbie 'The Iraq and Kuwait Conflict: The Impact on Contracts' (1991) Scots Law Times 39-44

William W. McBryde, Iain Scobbie 'War Crimes in Kuwait' (1991) Scots Law Times 132-136

William W. McBryde 'The Discharge of a Debtor and Securities' (1991) Scots Law Times 195-198

William W. McBryde, Iain Scobbie 'Genocide and Safe Havens' (1991) Scots Law Times 259-265

William W. McBryde, Christine Barker 'Solicitors' Groups in Mass Disaster Claims' (1991) New Law Journal 141 484 486-487 504

William W. McBryde 'The Language of the Law' (1988) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 33(8) 270-274

William W. McBryde 'The Incorporation of Legal Practices' (1987) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 32(4) 133-136