As well as our main breakout sessions, we are offering you the chance to attend interactive fringe sessions that run alongside the breakout sessions. You can choose from the following sessions.

Allison Harrison, Student, Teacher and Director, Hot Yoga Edinburgh Ltd

The Law Societies’ Brussels Office team will lead a panel discussion with other Brussels-based practitioners and policy makers into how key decisions are made in Brussels, as well as the drivers behind the EU’s approach to the Brexit negotiations so far. We’ll talk about how 27 diverse member states manage to agree on one position, and we’ll flag the potential pitfalls as the UK prepares to leave the EU in March 2019.

Helena Raulus, Head of Office, Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office
Eoin Lavelle, Internal Market Policy Adviser, Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office
Siobhan Kahmann, Covington & Burling LLP
Other speakers to be confirmed

  • How to market your firm and give younger members of staff the power to be creative on social media
  • How to motivate younger members of staff in a digital era
  • How to manage your younger members of staff - the good, the bad and the ugly on social media misconduct

Simon Allison, Partner, Employment Law, Blackadders LLP
Jack Boyle, Associate Solicitor, Blackadders LLP
Ruth Weir, Associate Solicitor, Blackadders LLP
Duncan Milne, Trainee Solicitor, Blackadders LLP

In-house legal training - How to engage on stage!

Aisling McMullan, Senior Legal Counsel, Hymans Robertson

Hayley Gibson, Legal Counsel, Hymans Robertson

Training sessions can be a great opportunity for in-house lawyers and teams to get in the room with different business functions to spread expertise and show case their talents and knowledge.
Well prepared training sessions can raise your profile internally and really demonstrate the true value of an in-house legal team.
Given the nature of the topics that in-house legal teams may need to cover, it can be difficult to design a training session in a way that really engages your audience, gets your keys messages across and makes sure that your audience leave with a greater understanding of your chosen topic. For the unaccustomed, black letter law can daunting at best and tiring at worst!  
This interactive session is designed to inspire your audience and will offer some practical hints, tips and suggestions for creating and delivering legal training sessions to a non-legal audience.

Fringe surgeries

You will have the chance to book an appointment with some of the leading experts in sole and high street, executive coaching and legal technology of the future.

You will also be able to drop in and chat to experienced Solicitor Advocates and JABS team and board members to find out more about obtaining extended Rights of Audience and applying for the Judiciary.

Graeme McKinstry, The McKinstry Company

Graeme built The McKinstry Company into one of Scotland’s leading High Street firms, culminating in winning prestigious awards as ‘High Street Firm of the Year’ and ‘Managing Partner of the Year’ at the 2016 Law Awards. Graeme is available to members who want to discuss any aspect of building a practice – from business development to succession planning and all points in between, Graeme has insight and knowledge to share – including sharing with candour and humour some mistakes and missteps on the way. 

Thomas Chalmers & Russell Borland, Leading Figures

The rules for work are changing. We are being judged not just by how smart we are, or by our training and expertise, but also by how well we handle ourselves and each other. This is no passing fad, or the management nostrum of the moment; in every organisation today senior people  rely upon coaching and consultancy to sharpen their skills. If you have ever wondered if executive coaching is for you, come along and speak to Leading Figures and find out more about what is involved. Leading Figures support executives who want to achieve transformational results at work and beyond, and are on hand at this year’s conference to listen to your thoughts and understand how best to explore your interest in self-development.

Bill Buchanan & Vassilis Manoussos, The Cyber Academy

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk of how technology is changing the legal profession. In spite of that, concepts such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity and blockchain can seem distant and alien: something for university computing departments or think tanks rather than the front line of the legal profession. However, there are several instances of legal technologies working in practice, saving firms money and allowing them more time to focus on their clients. This fringe session will provide practical demonstrations of some of the most exciting.

JABS team and board members will be available for drop in sessions for conference attendees. If you are considering the bench as a future career option, please visit JABS and learn first-hand what the process involves and the steps that you might want to consider.

If you are considering applying for Extended Rights of Audience, join experienced Solicitor Advocates at drop in sessions to gain insight on the qualification process and ask practical questions about future instructions.