Adam Scott has academic and professional roots in engineering, economics and law. His doctoral research was in an area where economic regulation intersects with psychology and social science. After being called to the Bar, his specialisation in intellectual property and competition law brought him into electronic communications as a lawyer in ITT and the British Post Office. After being corporate planner in the creation and privatisation of British Telecommunications PLC, and then other senior roles in BT, in 1994, he became a fellow at the University of St Andrews, whilst being a consultant in scenarios and economic regulation. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals. In 2000, he was a founding member of the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunals. Having completed his subsequent term as a member of the Tribunal in 2012, he is serving as its Director of Studies.