Public appointment: Commissioner reappointed to the Scottish Law Commission

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Victims and Community Safety today announced the reappointment of Professor Frankie McCarthy as a Commissioner of the Scottish Law Commission.


Professor Frankie McCarthy

Frankie McCarthy is a Professor of Private Law at the University of Glasgow, where she has been in post first as a lecturer, then a senior lecturer, since 2007.  She teaches and researches in property law and family law, and has published widely in both fields.  She is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh (LLB, DipLP) and Glasgow (PhD) and has been admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Scotland. She was appointed a Scottish Law Commissioner in 2019 and currently leads projects on heritable securities law and the introduction of owners’ associations in tenement buildings.


This reappointment will be for 3 years and will run from 1 October 2024 to
30 September 2027.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is full-time and attracts a remuneration of £105,668 for a time commitment of 37 hours per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Professor McCarthy does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.   

Professor McCarthy has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Scottish Law Commission was established under the Law Commissions Act 1965 for the purposes of promoting the reform of the law of Scotland, and reviewing the law with a view to its systematic development and modernisation. 

Further details on the Scottish Law Commission can be found on their website.



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