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 team, and additionally writes agendas for conferences. Please contact Jim if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the CPD team’s output.

Contact details: jimmckay@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8153

CPD Research Team

Harriet joined the Law Society as our first CPD Researcher. She now manages our CPD Research team of three, and is available to discuss any aspect of our black letter law CPD programme, or any new ideas you might wish to develop with us. Harriet studied European Union Politics with Law at the University of Leeds and further obtained both the GDL and LLB (Hons) qualifications. She subsequently enjoyed paralegal work in defender insurance matters, including counterfraud. Harriet moved to Edinburgh in December 2015 and has been a member of the team since June 2016. 

Contact details: harrietderrick@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8883

Andy writes various CPD programmes and has a particular interest in technology, AML, data protection and criminal law. Additionally, he is responsible for authoring and developing our Trainee CPD (TCPD) programme, alongside Course Moderator, Jim Moser. Previously, he researched and taught at the law school and politics department at the University of Edinburgh. He was also a senior adviser in the civil service, primarily working on business regulation and energy policy. Andy has an LLB and an MSc in international relations from the University of Glasgow and is nearing completion of a PhD in politics at the University of Edinburgh.


Contact details: andrewscott@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8125

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. Her work particularly focuses on writing programmes for conferences and seminars on child and family law, mental health law, housing law, personal injury, private client, and contract law. 

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

Natalia is a barrister from New Dehli, and joined the Law Society in autumn 2019. She writes programmes and sources speakers for our seminars and conferences.

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

CPD Event Management Team

Kirsty joined the Law Society as Operations Manager for the CPD team in 2016. She now runs our CPD event management team and is a Prince2 qualified events organiser. Kirsty worked as an events organiser at the Institute of Physics for 4 years in London and before coming to the Law Society as a conference organiser at a private sector company in Edinburgh.  She deals with all our systems and finances and is also responsible for the management of our non CPD events, including the annual Society dinner and other events for colleagues across the Society.

Contact Kirsty with any online CPD , event management or finance queries.

Contact details: kirstyorr@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 226 8881 

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 and manages our flagship conferences, including In-house, Sole & High street and Technology conferences. She also manages our New Partner Practice Management course.

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


Emma joined the Law Society in 2019 after a few years working for a private sector events company. She has an MA in Social Policy and Politics form the University of Edinburgh. Emma manages our CPD conferences and seminars. She is also responsible for the delivery of both our Civil and Criminal Rights of Audience courses.

Contact details: emmagrant@lawscvot.org.uk | 0131 370 1970

Dean joined the Law Society in 2020 having worked in marketing for The R&A and The Royal Yacht Britannia respectively. Prior to these roles Dean worked on education events at Scottish Golf and has returned to training event circles with this role, currently managing our CPD conferences and seminars as well as our portfolio of essential skills courses. Dean also runs our Trainee CPD programme.

Contact details: deanwands@lawscot.org.uk | 0131 476 8360

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