The Rt Hon Lord Eassie

The Rt Hon Lord Eassie (Ronald D Mackay), PC. Trustee since 2016. 

Lord Eassie holds the degrees of MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews and LLB from the University of Edinburgh. Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1972, he practised at the Bar until 1979, when he took up a post as an official of the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg. He resumed practice as an advocate in 1983 becoming Queen’s Counsel in 1986. He served as an Advocate depute between 1987 and 1990.

From 1997 until retirement in 2015 Lord Eassie held office as a judge in the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary; and between 2002 and 2006 was also chairman of the Scottish Law Commission. Among extra-judicial activities, in 2005 he accepted an invitation to assume convenorship of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education in Scotland. He is also president of the council of the Scottish Universities Law Institute.

Lord Eassie is an honorary member of the Society of Legal Scholars and has contributed to, or edited, a number of legal textbooks.