Nairn Young studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and was admitted as a solicitor in 2007. He trained and worked at North Lanarkshire Council, where he was closely involved in the establishment of the Adult Protection Committee and the implementation of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. Since 2016, he has worked as Assistant Managing Solicitor at Renfrewshire Council, with responsibility for their litigation team. He is the co-author (with Nicola Smith) of Adult Protection and the Law in Scotland (2nd edn) which was published in 2016.