Why choose us?

We are a not for profit CPD provider and so reinvest any surplus back into the vital work of the Law Society across all its activities, including Wellbeing, Professional Practice, supporting new lawyers, policy research and advocacy on behalf of you – our members.

Our commitments to you:

  • any surplus generated goes back into supporting the Law Society’s work
  • we will reduce our environmental impact by increasing online content and reducing paper materials
  • our events will be researched thoroughly to ensure their relevance and best possible learning outcomes
  • we will create meaningful CPD for our members in all areas of practice 

We add new innovations each year – all designed to help ensure that you have better access to as wide a range of learning materials and opportunities as possible. Please have a look at our new Learning Management System to see the quality and breadth of our online CPD.

Each year we run over a hundred events, involving the leading practitioners from the profession, the judiciary, academia and business leaders. Our events are peer-to-peer led and are designed to ensure that we create the right environment for fantastic conversations and sharing the latest developments. We run courses in every area of legal practice, developing technologies in the profession, essential skills and ‘next step’ courses designed to give you the tools and confidence to maximise your potential.

If you are still unsure about completing your CPD with us, then don’t just take our word for it – have a look at some testimonials from fellow members. We look forward to seeing you thereafter at one of our events.

Your CPD Team

Jim joined the Law Society in June 2016, having previously worked in political publishing and conferences. He studied and taught Law as a post-grad at Keele University, having completed an earlier degree at University of St Andrews.

Jim is responsible for the overall strategy of the CPD and business development teams and additionally delivers some TCPD training and certificated courses. Please contact Jim if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the CPD team’s output or any business development opportunities.

Contact details: jimmckay@lawscot.org.uk | 07825418089

CPD Research Team

Dr Sara Zanavello holds a full degree in Law (University of Padua), and a PhD in Law and Classics awarded jointly by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Padua. After obtaining her degree, she completed her 2-year traineeship in a busy firm in Verona specialising in civil court work and litigation. She joined the Law Society team in January 2019. Alongside contributing to our Annual Conference and writing agendas for our black letter law training and flagship conferences across most practice areas, Sara also develops the agenda for our Law and Technology Conference, and our annual Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Conference.

Contact details: sarazanovello@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8100 

Natalia is an Advocate from New Delhi, having joined the bar in 2012. Holding higher rights of audience throughout the Indian jurisdiction, Natalia practiced as a litigation lawyer for over 4 years specialising in both criminal and civil court work. She is experienced in handling arbitration and mediation hearings and regularly dedicated her time to cases involving human rights issues primarily pro bono. Natalia was awarded an LLM in International Law and International Security from the University of Glasgow and subsequently joined the Law Society in June 2019. She writes agendas for our black letter law training and flagship conferences across most practice areas, also contributing to our Annual Conference. Drawing on her past experience, Natalia has a keen interest in advocacy skills focused training and enjoys developing working relationships with her speakers and engaging with the delegates.

Contact details: nataliashibli@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 370 1975

Sean holds a first class honours LLB from the University of Glasgow and an LLM with Distinction in International Law and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. As part of the CPD Research team, he researches and writes agendas for black letter law conferences and seminars, covering a wide range of practice areas. Sean engages with lawyers from across the profession to keep on top of important legal developments and source speakers for main programme CPD courses.

Contact details: seantaheny@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 370 1982

CPD Operations Team

Tessa joined the Law Society in 2016 after several years working in venue management. Tessa has a BA in Festival and Event Management from Edinburgh Napier University.

Contact details: tessalebouedec@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8201


Jessica joined the Law Society in October 2021 after graduating with first class honours from her BA in International Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University. While at ENU, Jessica received the Premier Graduate and the EventScotland Award, won the Lawrence Ho Student Prize (2nd place), and was nominated for the Bright Red Sparks Award. Before returning to Scotland to join the Society’s CPD Team, she worked in international conference as well as sports event management in Amsterdam and Berlin— the city she originates from.

Contact details: jessicamcclure@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 370 1981

Alex joined the CPD & Training team in November 2021, having previously worked in the Marketing and Communications teams. Alex works alongside Tessa Le Bouedec and Jess McClure to deliver our main programme CPD & Training Conferences, Seminars and live webinars. 

Contact details: alexandragraham@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8137

CPD Projects Team

Rachel joined the Law Society in July 2021. Alongside contributing to the organisation of our main programme conferences, Rachel also looks after our certification courses and works alongside other Law Society colleagues to deliver special projects. She holds a first-class honours from Edinburgh University in Social Policy and Politics specialising in issues of social inequality, education & training and European policy.

Contact details: rachelsteer@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8111

Amber joined the Law Society in September 2021. She contributes to the organisation of a number of our conferences throughout the year, and looks after Trainee CPD modules. She holds a PhD in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen, where she taught on a number of courses and helped organise a series of prestigious lectures.

Contact details: ambershadle@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 370 1970

CPD Marketing

James joined us in March 2019 when he moved back to Scotland after several years working abroad. He'd been working in Malta doing marketing at an English language school before joining a digital agency. He achieved a first class honours in Communication, Advertising and PR from Edinburgh Napier University and won the CIPR Award for Academic Achievement.

James plans and manages the CPD marketing activities. You might occasionally see him at an event filming or taking photographs.

Contact details: JamesMeikle@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8182