Brian is currently module organiser for Law, Family and Society (levels 3/4) and Comparative Scottish and English Family Law (level 2) and teaches on the Private Law of Scotland 1 and Scottish Property Law modules in addition to supervising dissertations in his field.
Brian is active in researching a number of areas including Scots irregular marriage, domestic abuse and LGBT law.
'Review: Male victims of domestic abuse: implications for health visiting practice' Journal of Research in Nursing, vol 21, no. 5-6, pp. 415-416. DOI:
Men’s experience of domestic abuse in Scotland: What we know and how we can know more. AMIS, Edinburgh.
'Much Sound and Fury about Marriage Reform' Scottish Law Gazette, vol 81, no. 2, pp. 34-36.
'Responding to men's experiences of domestic abuse' Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, vol 177, no. 31, pp. 524.
'Marriage redefined' Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, vol 58, no. 7, pp. 18-19.
'Exploring the State of Knowledge of Men’s Experience of Domestic Abuse' SCOLAG Legal Journal, vol 431, pp. 191-194.
'Unheard Voices' Police Professional.
'Equal Rights' Family Law Journal, no. 130, pp. 15-17.
'Investigating men’s experience of domestic abuse' Socio-Legal Newsletter, no. 71, pp. 7-8.
'The invisible victims' Magistrate, vol 69, no. 9, pp. 12-12.
'Law reform and devolution: consultation processes and divorce law in Scotland' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 63, no. 2, pp. 227-245.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and the law. in MA Mulhern (ed.), Scottish life and society: the law. Scottish life and society : a compendium of Scottish ethnology, vol. 13, John Donald, Edinburgh, pp. 635-652.
'Gender neutral laws and heterocentric policies: "domestic abuse as gender-based abuse" and same-sex couples' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 15, no. 3, pp. 381-405. DOI:
'Burden v UK: 'dissin' lesbians or decentring marriage? (Part 2)' SCOLAG Legal Journal, no. 377, pp. 58-63.
'Making the Gretna blacksmith redundant: who worried, who spoke, who was heard on the abolition of irregular marriage in Scotland?' Journal of Legal History, vol 30, no. 1, pp. 23-52. DOI:
'Burden v UK: ‘dissin’ lesbians or decentring marriage?' SCOLAG Legal Journal, no. 376, pp. 35-38.
'The difficulty of reforming divorce law: the case of the responses to the Scottish Law Commission's 1988 discussion paper on the grounds of divorce' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 1, pp. 1-37.
The Marriage (Scotland) Bill 1755. in H Mac Queen (ed.), Miscellany VI. vol. 54, The Stair Society, pp. 75-119.
'Scottish jurists on sodomy' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 2, pp. 73-94.
'Miller v Miller; Mc Farlane v Mc Farlane: time for a review of financial provision on divorce?' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 1, pp. 65-71.
'"By the law of this and every well governed realm": investigating accusations of sodomy in nineteenth-century Scotland' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 2, pp. 103-130.
'Westminster ate my Ge RBill! Part 1' SCOLAG Legal Journal, no. 324, pp. 183-185.
'Same-sex couples in Scots law. Part 2' SCOLAG Legal Journal, no. 301, pp. 201-204.
'Same-sex couples in Scots law. Part 1' SCOLAG Legal Journal, no. 300, pp. 181-183, 192.
Piecemeal to equality: Scottish gay law reform. in Legal queeries: lesbian, gay and transgender legal studies. Cassell, pp. 155-166.