Stephen Woolman, Lord Woolman

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Lord Woolman
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Senator of the College of Justice
Assumed office
Nominated by Alex Salmond
As First Minister
Appointed by Elizabeth II
Preceded by Lord Philip
Personal details
Stephen Errol Woolman

(1953-05-16) 16 May 1953 (age 65)
Residence Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
Profession Advocate

Stephen Errol Woolman, Lord Woolman (born 16 May 1953),[1] is a Scottish legal academic, and a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the country's Supreme Courts.

Early life

Woolman was educated at the independent George Heriot's School, Edinburgh[2] and studied at the School of Law of the University of Aberdeen (LL.B. Hons.). He was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh from 1978 to 1987, serving as Associate Dean from 1981 to 1984, and published the first edition of his work on Contract in 1987, being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates the same year.[3][4]

Legal career

Woolman served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Office of Fair Trading from 1991 to 1995, to the Procurement Executive of the Ministry of Defence from 1991 to 1995, and to the Inland Revenue from 1996 to 1998. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1998[5] and served as Advocate Depute from 1999 to 2002. He was keeper of the Advocates' Library and a trustee of the National Library of Scotland from 2004 to 2008, and chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting from 2007 to 2008.

He was appointed Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the High Court of Justiciary and Court of Session, the Supreme Courts of Scotland, in 2008, as Lord Woolman. He sits in the Outer House of the Court of Session.[3][4]


  • Woolman on Contract, 1987 (4th ed. 2010) W. Green & Sons. ( ISBN 978 0 414 01647 7)

Personal life

Lord Woolman married Helen Mackinnon in 1977, with whom he has two daughters. He is a member of the New Club.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. Lord Woolman, a Senator of the College of Justice, 60
  2. ^ a b Hutcheon, Paul (12 October 2008). "Male, white, middle-class, privately educated, Edinburgh resident,". The Sunday Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Biographies - The Hon Lord Matthews". Scottish Court Service. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b "New judge appointed". Scottish Executive. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Eight new QC's appointed". Scottish Executive. 4 August 1998. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
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