Alexander Philip, Lord Philip
|The Right Honourable
|Senator of the College of Justice|
|Succeeded by||Lord Woolman|
|Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland|
|Preceded by||Lord Elliott|
|Succeeded by||Lord McGhie|
|Born||Alexander Morrison Philip
3 August 1942
|Spouse(s)||Shona Mary Macrae|
|Alma mater||St Andrews and Glasgow|
The son of Alexander Philip, OBE and Isobel Thomson Morrison, Philip was educated at the High School of Glasgow, where he was a contemporary of Arthur Hamilton, current Lord President of the Court of Session. He studied at the University of St Andrews, graduating MA in 1963, and at the School of Law at Glasgow, taking an LLB in 1965. He subsequently practised as a solicitor between 1967 and 1972, before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1973. In 1982, he became Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Education Department, and between then and 1985 he served as an Advocate-Depute, taking silk in 1984.
Between 1988 and 1992, Philip was Chairman of the Medical Appeal Tribunals, and in 1993 became Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. As Chairman of the Land Court, he became a Senator of the College of Justice, the only Senator who is not a judge of the Court of Session or High Court. He remains a member of the Lands Valuation Appeal Court.
In 1996, Philip was appointed a Lord of Session and Lord Commissioner of Justiciary, a judge of the Court of Session and High Court, taking the judicial title, Lord Philip. He served for a time on the Judicial Studies Committee for Scotland, and was elevated to the Inner House in 2005. As is customary with such appointments, he was appointed to the Privy Council, affording him the style, The Right Honourable.
He retired from the Bench in 2007, but still sits on an occasional basis. He was succeeded in the Inner House by Lord Reed, whose vacancy in the Outer House was filled by the newly-appointed Lord Woolman.
Philip married Shona Mary Macrae in 1971, with whom he has three sons. He enjoys golf and piping, and is a member of the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and Prestwick Golf Club.
|Chairman of the Scottish Land Court
and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland