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Rt Hon Lord Drummond Young

Honorary Professor

BA (Cantab), LLB, LLM (Harvard), KC (Axiom Advocates)


James Drummond Young was a judge of the Court of Session until 2020, latterly in the Inner House and previously in the Commercial Court. He was Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission from 2007 to 2011, and has maintained links with the Commission since then, in relation both to current projects and the implementation of previous Reports. While Chairman of the Commission, he became the lead Commissioner in the Trusts project, which culminated in the Commission’s Report on Trust Law (Scot Law Com No 239, 2014), and he continues to be actively involved in promoting the implementation of that Report.

Select publications

  • Contributor, Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia of the Laws of Scotland, Trusts and Trustees: “Fiduciary duties of trustees and others”; this covers the fiduciary duties of trustees, company directors, and agents generally.
  • (With JB St Clair): St Clair and Drummond Young, The Law of Corporate Insolvency in Scotland, 4th edition, 2011.
  • “Trust, Agency and Lehman Brothers”, essay in Nothing so Practical as a Good Theory, Festschrift for George L Gretton, 2017; this covers the fiduciary responsibilities of agents.
  • Appellate courts, Parts 1-2 and 3 (2015 SLT (News) 125, 130 and 138): articles in the Scots Law Times on the role of an appellate court in dealing with decisions by courts of first instance, and including an analysis of the functions performed by first instance judges.
  • Introductory address to the 26th Annual IBA Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference, IBA Journal, Insolvency and Restructuring International, Vol 16, No 1 (April 2022).