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Session Cases Bicentenary Scholarship

In 2021 The Scottish Council of Law Reporting (SCLR) will celebrate the first 200 years of publication of Session Cases.

The first case reported in the first series, Shaw, was Rev. Wm. Strang v Wm. McIntosh (1821) 1 S. 5, dated 12 May 1821.

To mark this milestone the Scottish Council of Law Reporting has created a postgraduate research scholarship for a postgraduate student in Scotland studying Scots law to celebrate the bicentenary of the first publication of Session Cases in May 1821.

The SCLR is delighted to announce that the scholarship has been awarded to Shona Warwick, University of Edinburgh, to contribute to her tuition and living costs as she completes her PhD thesis on Leases and Licences in Scotland. For commercial landlords and tenants in Scotland, the common law, rather than legislation, is the source of most rules. Yet, despite its widespread practical importance, a lack of research has left the common law regarding leases and licences to occupy riddled with uncertainty. Through a historical study, this research sheds light for the first time on some of the most fundamental unanswered questions: it evaluates which occupancy agreements can be validly created, and how their formation requirements differ.

Shona grew up in the hamlet of Stoer, Assynt, and travelled 40 miles by bus to attend Ullapool High School before starting her studies of law as an undergraduate at Edinburgh.