M.A. (1st class Hons) University of St. Andrews

LL.B (with distinction) University of Edinburgh

Special interests

Land Law

Planning and Environmental

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Mark Lazarowicz has a varied civil practice, specialising in housing, property, environmental, local government, equalities, human rights, and public law generally.

He regularly appears in the Court of Session, Sheriff Courts, and in various tribunals (including the immigration, housing and property and the social entitlement chambers).

He has been instructed on a wide range of matters including homelessness and other social housing issues; various local government matters, including finance, asset transfer, and common good property; asylum and immigration, the rights of EU nationals; the community right to buy land; owner-property manager disputes; equalities law; and criminal injuries compensation.

From 2001 to 2015 he served as Member of Parliament for the Edinburgh North & Leith Constituency, during which time he had both front bench and back bench experience, and was an active member of a number of select and standing committees. His activity in Parliament focused on environmental, energy, climate change, financial services, and constitutional issues. From 2008 – 2010 he was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Carbon Trading, publishing in 2009 a report on ‘Global Carbon Trading.’

He also has extensive local government experience, having served as Leader of Edinburgh Council from 1986 to 1993, and as Executive Member for Transport on Edinburgh City Council from 1999 – 2001. He has also been a member of the authority’s housing and planning committees, and its licensing board.


The Scottish Parliament: Law and Practice,February 2018 (joint author)

The long legacy of EU citizens' rights after Brexit,

(2018) 148 Greens' Employment Law Bulletin 3

The Extension of the 'Community Right to Buy', (2018) 187 SPEL 58

The Scottish Parliament: An Introduction, T & T Clark 1999,

(new editions 2000, 2003 and 2010)

A Scottish Parliament: the implications for lawyers JLSS 1997

Excess of Damages and civil jury trial in Scotland: the implications

of Currie and Girvan SLT 1996

Health and Safety at Work JLSS 1996

Challenging Acts of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Constitutional

& Administrative Law, October 1999

Common good: ancient status and modern law JLSS, February 2023. (https://www.lawscot.org.uk/members/journal/issues/vol-68-issue-02/common-good-ancient-status-and-modern-law/)