Keynote speakers
Lady Hale

Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, FBA, LLD, FRCPsych, President of the Supreme Court

Lady Hale was appointed President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom  in September 2017, succeeding Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury. 

In January 2004, she became the United Kingdom’s first and only woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. In October 2009, the Law Lords all became Justices of the Supreme Court. She was appointed its Deputy President in 2013, succeeding Lord Hope of Craighead.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored several books, including a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as a part time judge.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her name as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

She retains her links with the academic world as Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor of Kings College London.  She was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 2004 to 2016. She was Treasurer of Gray’s Inn in 2017.

Dr Heidi Gardner

Dr. Heidi Gardner, Harvard Law School Distinguished Fellow and author of the best-selling book: “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos”

Gardner serves as Harvard Lecturer on Law, Faculty Chair HLS Accelerated Leadership Program & Sector Leadership MasterClass executive courses.

Gardner received Academy of Management’s prize for paper with Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has authored/co-authored over fifty book chapters, case studies, articles in scholarly/practitioner journals.  
Dr. Gardner has lived/worked on four continents, as Fulbright Fellow and for McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble.    She earned BA in Japanese from University Pennsylvania, Masters degree from London School Economics, second Masters and PhD from London Business School.  

Aidan O'Neill QC (Scot)

Matrix Chambers & Ampersand Advocates

Conference chair
Austin Lafferty

Partner, Austin Lafferty Solicitors

Austin is a solicitor, broadcaster, journalist and artist, who has worked in general practice since 1981 and currently runs his own multi-branch firm around Glasgow.

He was elected vice president of the Law Society in May 2011 and took over the presidency in May 2012, and is now a past president of the Society.

Austin has also worked in a variety of media roles, having been a radio and television presenter on numerous programmes. Austin is a newspaper columnist who has written extensively on legal matters. He has also authored ‘It’s The Law!’, which is a handbook on Scots Law for citizens, published in 2004. For leisure he is a 4th dan karate black belt, has run marathons, and is a portrait artist (people and pets mainly).

Speakers and panellists

Partner, Anderson Strathern
Catriona Watt sits on the firm’s Executive Committee with responsibility for the Marketing & Business Development function. Catriona was previously a journalist working in newspapers, radio and latterly at BBC Scotland Television News & Current Affairs.  She has combined her legal work – she leads the team which won Litigation Team of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Legal Awards – with her communications background. She led Anderson Strathern’s multi-disciplinary rebranding project which saw the launch of three new websites, a brand awareness campaign and developed the firm’s marketing and business development strategy. She is described in the legal directory Chambers & Partners as “very knowledgeable and a great communicator.”

Board behaviour & effectiveness consultant
Ciarán Fenton, has over the last 15 years, following a corporate career with Hachette, ITN, Pearson and The Guardian Media Group worked with scores of individuals and organisations on making small changes in behaviour based on a shared purpose. He is a mentor at London Business School, a faculty member on Paul Gilbert’s in-house counsel programme, and a regular speaker and writer. Pamphlets include The GC-CEO Relationship post Global Financial Crash: Flourish or Flounder and The 7 Deadly Sins of Nascent NEDs. He holds a business degree, B.Com (Hons.) from The National University of Ireland, Cork and he lives in Brighton. He is married to writer Marian Garvey and they have two children.

First Parliamentary Counsel, Cabinet Office

GR Business Process Solutions

Head of Anti-Money Laundering Regulation
Graham has c. 17 years experience in a wide variety of financial crime-related roles within the financial sector. This includes complex money laundering investigations, international sanctions violations and project work, along with fraud strategy, analysis and investigation. Graham specialises in using this experience to help firms implement robust, proportional and practical AML controls/risk management frameworks.

Development Director, ProjectScotland

Graham currently leads on all income generation via the Social Enterprise arm of the youth volunteering charity ProjectScotland. He has over 10 years’ wide ranging experience in Fundraising at a senior level across the charity sector including; Corporate Giving, Events, Community Fundraising, Individual Giving, Donor Stewardship/Development, Social Enterprise and Large Appeals. He previously worked for both Amnesty International & Plan International in their main London headquarters and joined ProjectScotand on his return to Scotland in 2016 allowing him to focus on his passion for helping young people and social mobility.
Before his charity career, Graham was a professional footballer playing in both Scotland & England for Raith Rovers and Millwall amongst others, and still has a passion for all sports.

Partner, Head of Data, Addleshaw Goddard

Executive Chairman, Cicero Group
Iain is an expert in public policy and complex corporate communications issues.
He has over 20 years’ experience, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media.
He has also worked for a range of UK politicians. Iain was part of the founding team at Cicero Group and focuses on public policy and corporate communications strategy. Current clients include a number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across a range of industry sectors.
He regularly contributes to national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and BBC. Iain is also contributing Political Editor at Square Mile magazine.
Iain is former Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and a past Chairman of the CIPR Public Affairs group.
He was ranked in the top quartile of the Total Politics Top 100 Lobbyists and appears in the PR Week Power Book. CityAM includes him in the list of “The City’s most influential financial PRs” voted by broadcast and national business editors, and he was included in the Square Mile’s Top 100 most powerful players in the City.
He loves spending time in Nice, France and is an opera nut.

Partner, Brodies

Principal Solicitor, Scottish Parliament

Director, Innes Mackay

Partner, McSherry Halliday

Martha has worked with McSherry Halliday since 1989, moving from Secretary to Paralegal to Solicitor and finally to Partner in 2007. McSherry Halliday have four Ayrshire offices and Martha runs both Kilmarnock officers. The most rewarding part of Martha’s job is helping people through some of the most stressful times of their lives. Martha is also CPD Convener for Kilmarnock Faculty.
Martha is a qualified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, life coach and Reiki therapist helping people to be the person they were meant to be.
Martha loves travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
Michael Clancy graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1979 taking an LL.B degree and in 1985 taking an LL.M degree. In 1987 he graduated LL.B (Hons) from the University of London. He is a solicitor and Notary Public. After qualification as a solicitor in private practice he attained a partnership with the Glasgow firm of Franchi Wright & Co. He resigned this partnership in 1988 to become a Deputy Secretary of the Law Society of Scotland. He is Director of Law Reform at the Society and has published widely on a range of legal topics. He is Chairman of the International Bar Association Credentials Committee, and is Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Notarial Forum. Mr. Clancy was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List in June 2002.

Global Head of Financial Crime and Sanctions, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Susie provides advice to the firm on management of financial crime and sanctions compliance and on the reputational risks that may be associated with potential clients and mandates.
Suzie has been a member of the Money Laundering Task Force of the Law Society of England and Wales since September 2009, serving as Chair between September 2012 and August 2015.  She has been the Law Society’s UK delegate to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) on matters relating to money laundering compliance since September 2010.  
Through these roles she has assisted in the co-ordination of the legal profession’s policy positions on financial crime in the UK and EU and has represented the members of the legal profession at Government committees.  In particular, Suzie was involved in the lobbying efforts on the 4th European Money Laundering Directive and continues to be involved in representing the profession in respect of the implementation of that Directive.  
Suzie has co-authored both the Money Laundering chapter in the IBA's publication "Risk Management in Law Firms" and the chapter on International Money Laundering Initiatives in Neate & Godfrey's publication “Bank Confidentiality”.

Marketing & Business Development Director, Morton Fraser

Executive Coach, Leading Figures
Thomas specialises in the legal, finance and professional services sectors where he has supported a number of clients in developing their leadership capacity and growing their firm and/or practice. His experience spans client members of both The Law Society of Scotland and The Faculty of Advocates. As well as 1:1 executive coaching he has also supported many clients in securing Chair and non-executive roles and is engaged as a team coach at Board and Senior Executive/Management level.
Thomas is a Partner in Leading Figures alongside Russell Borland. Their clients include The Law Society of Scotland, The Chartered Banker Institute, The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

Delegates in the main conference hall

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