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So what now for Scotland? Law Society conference to provide first major event after historic referendum

03 September 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland is to hold the first major event to consider the outcome of the historic referendum on Scottish independence, with First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael MP named as keynote speakers.

The Law Society conference ‘Law in Scotland: The People’s Verdict, so what now?’ will take place 3-4 October in Edinburgh.  It will examine the outcome of the referendum and look at the implications of the result for our economy, our society and Scotland's place in the world.  It will also consider how the country can come together after a difficult three year campaign.

Law Society President, Alistair Morris, said: “In little more than two weeks, people will have given their verdict and we will know whether or not Scotland will become an independent country.

“As an organisation which has been a leading and non-partisan voice in the debate on Scotland’s future, I am proud that the Law Society conference will provide the first major opportunity for people to come together and answer the critical question – so what now?”

The conference will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Sarah Smith.  Other speakers include Professor Stephen Tierney, professor of constitutional theory at Edinburgh University, Christine O’Neill, constitutional law expert and chairman of law firm Brodies, Lynda Towers, Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, Matthew Shaddick from Ladbrokes and writer and commentator Gerry Hassan. They will cover a range of topics from looking at the factors that led to the final vote, Scotland’s place in the world as a result, lessons learned and healing the wounds. Scottish party leaders Johan Lamont, Ruth Davidson and Willie Rennie will also be part of a panel session to discuss where Scottish politics goes from here. 

In addition to examining Scotland’s constitutional future in the wake of the referendum, the two-day conference will run business-focused streams.

Key speaker Ken Segall, who worked for 12 years as creative director at Apple, will argue that simplicity is the most powerful force in business. There will also be sessions on what will give Scotland a digital edge, growth during recession and preparing business for independence or potential increased devolution.

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For a full programme and speaker list see Law in Scotland

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Kevin Lang on 0131 476 8167 / or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 /

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