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Ms Lorna Richardson

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Director of CPD/Consultancy

LLB (Hons), DipLP, Solicitor (non-practising), Notary Public

Tel: 0131 651 5563


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Lorna Richardson is a Lecturer in Commercial Law. Lorna was a solicitor for seven years, practising as a commercial litigator, with major Scottish law firms prior to joining the University. Lorna is also qualified to practice in England and Wales. 

Lorna is Programme Director of the International Commercial Law and Practice LLM, taught by distance learning. Details of the programme can be found via this link. Lorna teaches on campus and by distance learning. She teaches at ordinary, honours and LLM levels.

Lorna has significant experience in providing continuous professional development training to the legal profession. She has designed and delivered bespoke training sessions for major law firms, as well as co-presenting the Law School's annual contract law update (details at 

Lorna is a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law. The Centre aims to strengthen existing links and foster further links between academia and the wider legal community in Scotland. The Centre's website is at

Current Research Interests

Lorna is currently working on a book in relation to the repairing obligation in commercial leases. She is also carrying out research in relation to the scope and limits of the mutuality principle in contract, in particular the controls which can be used on the principle to ensure it is not used in an abusive manner.

Research Interests

Lorna's research interests are in the area of commercial law. She has a particular interest in contract law, especially in relation to formation, interpretation and breach. In her time in practice Lorna acted in a number of contract dispute cases which generated significant comment. Lorna is also interested in contract law in a historical and comparative context.

Lorna recently co-authored the latest edition of Davidson et al, Commercial Law in Scotland. She has also recently written in the areas of retention and set-off.