Malcolm has been a trustee at CLEO since 2017 and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Strathclyde since December 2019. Prior to joining Strathclyde, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, and before that he was a solicitor in private practice in a Scottish law firm (where he qualified in Scotland and in England and Wales).
As an academic Malcolm's work has tended to have a property law focus, with particular interests being land law reform, public access to land, and landlord and tenant law. He also has an interest in access to justice and clinical legal education.
He was an undergraduate at the University of Strathclyde and joined the law clinic there as one of its founding members. He remained involved with pro bono as a volunteer solicitor at the Free Legal Advice Centre at the University of Edinburgh and then as Faculty Supervisor at the Aberdeen Law Project, and acted as Chair of the Scottish University Law Clinic Network before that role passed to fellow CLEO trustee Rebecca Samaras. He was instrumental in setting up the Scottish University Land Unit, a partnership between Scottish law students and the Development Trust Agency for Scotland’s Community Ownership Support Service. He sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee.