Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Malcolm joined the School of Law in December 2019. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen (which he joined in March 2011), and before that he was a solicitor in private practice in a Scottish law firm. Whilst in practice, he specialised in capital projects/infrastructure, and spent eight months on secondment to the investment arm of a FTSE 100 company. He also gained experience in commercial property, rural property, and banking. He qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 2008 and in England and Wales in 2009.

As an academic Malcolm's work has tended to have a property law focus, with particular interests being land law reform, public access to land, and landlord and tenant law. He also has an interest in access to justice and clinical legal education.

Malcolm acts as the School's dedicated, research-active Communications Director, a role that includes the curation of content for the Strathclyde Law Blog.


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    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Book Review : Evictions in Scotland by Adrian Stalker, Edinburgh University Press (, 2nd edn, 2021. xlix + 562 pp. ISBN: 9781474482165. £85.
Combe Malcolm
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 25 (2021)
A review of the first wrongful-termination orders made under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 : do they sufficiently protect those misled into giving up a tenancy?
Combe Malcolm M, Robson Peter
Juridical Review, pp. 88-102 (2021)
The Scottish response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the private rented sector
Combe Malcolm
Property Responses to a Global Pandemic (2021) (2021)
Combining community empowerment and clinical legal education : the Scottish University Land Unit
Combe Malcolm M
Australian Journal of Clinical Education Vol 7 (2021)
RURALIZATION - Legal and policy arrangements in 28 member states : United Kingdom : Scotland
Combe Malcolm M, McKee Annie
RURALIZATION - The opening of rural areas to renew rural generations, jobs and farms [Scotland] D6.2 Report on legal and policy arrangements in 28 member states (2020) (2020)
Development of common grazings under s.50B of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993
Combe Malcolm
Scots Law Times, pp. 239-244 (2020)

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Property law, land law (including land reform), commercial law, legal and professional skills, clinicial legal education, and access to justice.

Professional activities

Scottish Books Long Weekend
The Parable of Portobello
Invited speaker
Law Society of Scotland (External organisation)
Juridical Review (Journal)

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Creative Landscape Futures: Making Decisions with the Arts and Humanities
COMBE, Malcolm (Researcher) Vergunst, Jo, Lee (Co-investigator) Bevan, Anne (Co-investigator)
Creative Landscape Futures: Making Decisions with the Arts and Humanities (2020-22)

As part of a wider AHRC RCUK programme on landscape decision-making, this research network is exploring the ways that research in the arts and humanities can contribute to how decisions are made about landscape in rural Scotland. It involves a range of network partners and stakeholders.

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