Bill Stewart

We at Scots Law News were deeply saddened to learn of the death on 24 May 2010 of Bill Stewart of Stirling Law School.

Bill Stewart gained his LLB at Glasgow University, graduating in 1979.  Having qualified as a solicitor, he was appointed to a lectureship at Strathclyde Law School in 1986, and quickly established a reputation by way of his many publications, especially on the law of delict and sports law.  He also practised sports law, notably in connection with football and skiing.  Sports law was not the only area in which his publications were pioneering; Bill also wrote the first book on the Scots law of unjustified enrichment (The Law of Restitution in Scotland: Being Mainly a Study of the Personal Obligation to Rederess Unjust Enrichment), published in 1992.  For many years he was the Scottish correspondent of the Restitution Law Review , keeping its readers informed annually about decisions in the Scottish courts and publications on the subject.  He went back into practice with MacMillans in Glasgow in the mid-1990s and became a partner in that firm, giving that up only a few years ago to help Stirling Law School launch itself as an institution accredited by the Law Society of Scotland to deliver a professionally qualifying LLB degree.  As the Stirling website says, "Bill was the warmest and most charismatic of individuals, adored by colleagues and students alike, and will be desperately missed. Our thoughts are with his family."