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Lady Wolffe takes up academic appointments


Sep 8, 2021

Lady Wolffe is to demit office as a Supreme Courts judge and take up two university appointments.


Lady Wolffe is to demit office as a Supreme Courts judge and take up appointments at Strathclyde University as a Professor of Practice (with a focus on Civil Justice and Commercial Law), and at Edinburgh Law School as an Honorary Professor in the forthcoming academic year.

Lady Wolffe said: “I am looking forward to taking up the invitations from Strathclyde University and Edinburgh University and to the opportunity which this will provide not only to pursue academic work in two world-renowned centres of legal learning but to contribute to the education of future lawyers.”


Lady Wolffe was educated at Dartmouth College and the University of Edinburgh, as well as undertaking post-graduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford.

She emigrated to the UK in 1987 and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1992. She was called to the bar in 1994 and took silk in 2008, practising principally in commercial and public law. Among other appointments, she was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Trade and Industry (and its successor departments) and a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.

She was a contributor or Scottish editor to MacGillivray on Insurance Law and Mithani on Director’s Disqualification. She was also co-author of one of the titles for the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia of the Laws of Scotland, a contributor to Gloag & Henderson (11th ed), and to the Annotations to the Rules of the Court of Session.

She was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in 2014 and was the first woman to be appointed as a Commercial Judge 2016-17 and 2018-21. She has two grown sons and is married to the Rt Hon James Wolffe QC.

See her full biography.