Shona Warwick (LLB(Hons) FHEA)

Thesis title: The Lease and the Licence in Scots law: A historical-doctrinal analysis


Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, Shona moved to Edinburgh to complete the LLB at the University of Edinburgh, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in 2017. Discovering she enjoyed the research aspects of her undergraduate degree, Shona decided to pursue a PhD in Law and is currently in her final year. Her chosen topic is the Scottish law of leases. Outside her studies, she is actively involved in several university societies.

Shona is a current recipient of the Session Cases Bicentenary Scholarship and the Scottish Universities Law Institute PhD Scholarship. She was previously funded by the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust.

Shona has also co-founded and co-convenes the Edinburgh Centre for Private Law Discussion Group and more recently the Edinburgh Commercial Law Reading Group. Shona also currently content edits for the Edinburgh Student Law Review, and is an organiser of the upcoming 2021 Edinburgh Postrgaduate Law Conference. 

Shona completed the Ius Commune Research School PhD Training Programme in 2020, recognition of 1000 hours of research skills development.


First Class LLB(Hons)


Responsibilities & affiliations

Shona is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Shona is a member of the Edinburgh Law School Equality and Diversity Committee, the Library Committee, and sits in Full School Meetings as a Tutor Representative.

Undergraduate teaching

Shona is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Open Learning, University of Edinburgh, on the Introduction to Scots Law Course. She has held this post since 2018.

She is also an Ordinary Tutor at Edinburgh Law School for Contract Law and Commercial Law. She has previously also tutored Family Law, Business Law and Business Entities. In 2020, Shona taught several modules of the Honours level Commercial Leases course. In 2020/21, she taught on the Advanced Legal Writing Honours course.

Shona has also provided guest lectures for the Centre for Open Learning's International Foundation Programme, and is involved in the marking of this course.

In 2019, Shona was awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In 2021, Shona was awarded the higher catergory of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. At the same time, she was awarded a Category 2 Edinburgh Teaching Award. These achievements demonstrate Shona's commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience.

Shona is the current LawPALS Coordinator. In this role, she oversees the recruitment and training of Student Leaders, and overall running of the Law School Peer Assisted Learning Scheme, which helps first year students transition into Law school.

Research summary

Shona's PhD focuses on the Scots law of leases, with a focus on the contractual elements of the lease and a comparison with the licence to occupy in Scots law. Her PhD has a strong historical element, considering the Scottish Institutional writers and early case law, as well as a comparative element, considering the experiences with leases and licences of legal systems who share similarities with Scots law.

Project activity

Ius Commune Research School PhD Programme

Conference details

23rd Ius Commune Conference, Amsterdam, 2018

SULI Conference, Dundee, 2019