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Harvey McGregor QC DCL (born 25 February 1926) is a Britishmarker lawyer and Queen's Counsel and was Warden of New College, Oxfordmarker, from 1985 to 1996.

Early life

The son of William Guthrie Robertson McGregor and Agnes McGregor (née Reid), McGregor was educated at Inverurie Academy, Scarborough High School, and Queen's College, Oxfordmarker, where he held the Hastings Scholarship and graduated BA in 1951, BCL in 1952, MA in 1955, and DCL in 1983.

Before going up to Oxford, McGregor served as a Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force for two years, from 1946 to 1948.


McGregor was called to the bar from the Inner Templemarker in 1955 and became a Bencher in 1985. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1995.

He was Bigelow teaching Fellow in the University of Chicagomarker, 1950–1951, Visiting Professor at New York Universitymarker and Rutgers Universitymarker at various times between 1963 and 1969 and at the University of Edinburgh from 1998. He was a consultant to the Law Commission, 1966–1973.

President, Harvard Law Schoolmarker Association of the UK, 1981–2001, and Member of the Academy of European Private Lawyers, from 1994. Independent Chairman, London Theatre Council and The Theatre Council (formerly Provincial Theatre Council), since 1992 (and Deputy Chairman, 1971–1992). President, Oxford Stage Company, since 1992, and Trustee of the Oxford Union Societymarker, 1977 to 2004 (Chairman of Trustees, 1994–2004), a Fellow of Winchester Collegemarker, 1985 to 1996, and a Trustee of the Migraine Trust since 1999.

Selected publications

  • McGregor on Damages (12th edition 1961 to 18th edition 2009)
  • Contract Code (1993)
  • contributor to International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (1972)

At the Modern Law Review, McGregor has been a member of the Editorial Board since 1986 and was previously a member of the Editorial Committee from 1967.


  1. ' McGREGOR, Harvey', in Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008, online edition by Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 26 August 2008

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