Professor Nicholas Grier

Professor in Law

School School of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department Division of Law

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+44 (0)1382 30 8527


Before joining Abertay as a Professor of Scots Commercial Law, I was Head of the Department of Law at Edinburgh Napier University.

My area of expertise is commercial law, in particular company law, insolvency law and diligence. I regularly speak on these areas around the UK. 

I have written various books and articles on business law, banking law and company law and am one of the authors of Gloag and Henderson's Introduction to The Law of Scotland.

I have also been called on several times to provide legal advice to select committees within the Scottish Parliament. 

I am a qualified solicitor and admitted member of the Society of Writers to the Signet.

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Nicholas Grier teaches commercial and corporate law  - and if pressed, taxation law.

Nicholas Grier's research interests are primarily concerned with the interaction of corporate law, in particular, directors' duties, and the reality of directorial decision-making.

Nicholas is also researching into the effectiveness of insolvency and debt-recovery legislation .


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Obtaining funding for research in most areas of law is almost impossible at the best of times, and particularly so in the area of business law. But equally, it is possible to do plenty of good research in law without the need for funds. That is why I have no funds to mention here. 


Nicholas Grier has been an external examiner at Southbank University and Strathclyde University. He is currently an external examiner at Edinburgh University and Stirling University.

He is series editor for the Law Essentials range of books published by Edinburgh University Press.

He is an examiner for the professional entrance examinations for Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. He is also deputy chair of the Examinations Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.

He is the former chair of the Insolvency, Banking and Company law reform committee of the Law Society of Scotland. 

As a student he represented Edinburgh University in its University Challenge team. All four members of the team were studying law.  The team reached the final where it was beaten by Queen's, Belfast. 



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Nicholas Grier was the legal advisor to the select committees of the Scottish Parliament dealing with the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc (Scotland) Act 2007 and the Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act 2014. 

Nicholas Grier was also asked by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the drafting of the Scottish Investment Bank Bill, and on the  drafting of the articles of association of that bank, in 2019.



Nicholas Grier is the chairman of the Penicuik Citizens Advice Bureau.

He is also on the board of trustees of Citizens Advice Scotland.

He is the assessor to the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. 

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