It is with regret that we report the death of Gordon Reid QC, one of the inaugural Directors of the Board of the Centre.
Gordon was a Commercial Silk with extensive experience of disputes ranging from all manner of land law disputes, including commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence and building and engineering contracts. Over the years, he had appeared in most courts and tribunals including the Land Court, the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, the Lyon Court, the House of Lords, the Committee for Privileges and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He also sat as a judge and in recent years as a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber).
He had a particular interest in arbitration, and received appointments from time to time as a commercial arbitrator, often in agricultural disputes. Gordon also chaired the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS) from 2012 to 2016 and was an Arbitrator under the Motor Insurers’ Bureau Agreement.
Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Centre said:
“Gordon was a leading figure in Scottish arbitration and the Centre benefitted greatly from his time on the Board. He will be greatly missed.”
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“Gordon was a strong supporter of the Centre from its establishment, seeing the value of various professionals working together to promote Scottish arbitration. He had a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in agricultural disputes, and was very generous at sharing that with others. He spoke at our first training day and encouraged Faculty to provide the Mackenzie Building to host, ensuring the event was a success and now an annual event in the arbitration calendar. With support from Gordon Bathgate, again being generous with his time and support for the Centre, drafted our arbitral appointment service guidance which has proved a robust system in practice. Personally, I will remember a kind man who supported and encourage me.”
We have now been given funeral details as follows,
The funeral service for James Gordon Reid QC will be held at 12.30pm on Friday 30 March at Dundee Crematorium, to which all friends are respectfully invited.
Family flowers only, please.