Professional Experience

Lord Drummond Young returns to the bar after almost 20 years judicial experience. He does so for the purposes of accepting instructions as an arbitrator (domestic or international), mediator and to provide opinions and expert evidence.

After a career spanning 25 years at the bar, Lord Drummond Young was appointed a Senator of Justice in the Court of Session in 2001 and sat in the commercial court until 2012 before being appointed to the Inner House to 2020. He was also the Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission.

  • 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 company directors, as well as trustees 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

    (With Stephen Bailey): Flexibility and Dialogue at Strasbourg: A Proposed Path for the UK, essay in European Journal of Human Rights, 2016: 2016 EJHR 423

    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

Professional Career to date

1976: Year of call
1988: Queen's Counsel
1986-1988: Standing Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue
1984-1986: Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Industry

2013-2020: Senator of the College of Justice until February 2020 (Inner House)
2001: Appointed to the Court of Session: 2001
2001-2012: Judge of the Commercial Court (within the Court of Session)
2007-2011:Chairman  of the Scottish Law Commission

Education & Professional Qualifications

BA, 1971 University of Cambridge: First Class Honours in both parts of Tripos
LLM, 1972 Harvard University: Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow, 1971-1972
LLB, 1974 Edinburgh University: First Cass Honours in Scots Law