Keynote speakers
Lady Hale

The 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

Queen’s Counsel at the Scottish Bar and of the Bar of England and Wales. A wide ranging legal practice in both London and Edinburgh, with particular experience and expertise in commercial judicial review, environmental/Aarhus law and in employment/equality law. A specialist in EU law, in human rights law and in UK constitutional law. Awarded the Legal 500 UK Bar Award for EU law silk of the year in 2015 and Scottish Legal Awards 2017 silk of the year.

A highly experienced pleader before the top courts. Senior counsel in almost thirty cases to date from across the UK before the UK Supreme Court/ House of Lords, as well before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.

Lord Hope

The Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead KT graduated LLB in 1965.  In the same year he was admitted to practise at the Scottish Bar.  He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1978, and was an Advocate Depute from 1978 to 1982. 

From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.  In 1989 he was appointed as Lord Justice General of Scotland and Lord President of the Court of Session.  In 1996 he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.  In 2009 he became the first Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court.  He retired in 2013 and is now a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords.  In 2015 he was elected to serve as their Convenor.  He is also an international arbitrator and Chief Justice of the Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts.

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

President 2018-2019, Law Society of Scotland

Alison is the Society’s President and Chair of the Board.  Alison was previously Convenor of the Client Protection sub committee and she recently retired as Partner at Lindsays,  During her time at Lindsays, Alison dealt  with a variety of clients using her natural ability to guide them through complex areas of the law including property and agriculture, Business and Agricultural Relief for large estates, sales of Fishings and Trusts relating to small business succession and legal rights claims with complicated calculations.  She enjoyed helping families, dealing with every generation, and providing expert direction through all of life’s challenges.
Things Alison likes to do when not working - walking, skiing, music particularly opera, reading and travelling.  

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

Client Executive, Master Policy Practice Management, Lockton Companies LLP

Gail has over 30 years of underwriting experience, evaluating the risks and exposures created by professional firms. Her career began with RSA where she held a variety of positions within their Profin business, culminating in her role as UK Regions ProFin Manager. In 2004 she joined Novae where she was instrumental in establishing their regional PI and D&O business before her move to Zurich in 2007. Her role within Zurich immediately prior to joining Lockton was UK Head of Financial Lines.
At Lockton, her focus is on risk management for the legal profession in Scotland alongside her client responsibilities.  

LegaAdviser, Standard Life Aberdeen PLC

Graeme McWilliams is Legal Counsel, Commercial Legal with Standard Life Aberdeen, Edinburgh.
Graeme joined the ILG in 2012, became the Convener of the In-House Lawyers Committee in July 2016, and is a co-opted member of the Society’s Council. He qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1983, worked in private practice in Glasgow, joined Standard Life Aberdeen in 1988 and manages its group IP portfolio. Graeme has a passion for communication, a creative streak, and supports the Edinburgh Legal Walk and World IP Day. He co-chairs the annual Faculty World IP Day conference and is involved in the annual joint Faculty and ILC 21st Century Bar Conference.

GR Business Process Solutions

Graham has worked in senior financial crime roles across Global Banking and Markets, Corporate, Private, Retail and Wealth Management. He has worked in locations across the world including London, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Switzerland, Mexico and most of the UK overseas territories. He’s been an integral part of two FCA Systematic AML Programme (SAMLP) reviews.
In his spare time he is a (some would say obsessive) campaigner for reform of Companies House and Corporate Service Providers. He has worked with a number of reporting outlets to highlight the (ab)use of UK entities, particularly Scottish Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships, in global laundromats.

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.

Immediate Past President, Law Society of Scotland

Graham Matthews qualified as a solicitor in 1979. After an apprenticeship in Musselburgh, he returned to his native Aberdeenshire in January 1981 to work at Peterkins Solicitors.  He is a partner at this firm.  He has occupied the same office and desk for 35 years.  
He joined the Law Society’s Council in 2005 and has sat on and convened many committees and working parties before being elected President.
His interests include horses, ballroom dancing, family and music.

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

Helena is head of the Data Protection team at Addleshaw Goddard and has specialised in data protection, information IT and commercial law for over 15 years. Helena provides support to clients on data across all sectors and is currently leading a number of GDPR compliance projects in the financial services and fintech space, focusing on the unique issues presented by the use of data in financial services and payments.
Helena has extensive experience advising and delivering training to clients in banking and finance, public sector, media, healthcare, sports and charities sector on a full spectrum of data protection matters, including audit and policy implementation, international data transfers, PIAs, security reviews, contractual reviews, consent and database augmentation, subject access and defending Information Commissioner Complaints and investigations.
Helena also specialises in technology procurement and outsourcing, complex commercial contracts and intellectual property protection and exploitation, including database rights in the context of data protection. She is an elected member of the Law Society of Scotland’s technology committee, currently leading their guidance on cyber security. She is also a member of Scottish Financial Enterprise, the Society for Computers and Law and the Scottish Charities Finance Group.

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.

Associate Solicitor, Employment, Blackadders LLP

Sales Manager - Scotland, LEAP

Joe is Sales Manager of Scotland at LEAP Legal Software UK. He visits law firms of all shapes and sizes every day that wish to work smarter in an increasingly competitive and ever-changing legal landscape. Over the past 3 years, Joe has helped hundreds of solicitors to think differently about their business models and adjust the ways their firms work to leverage these changes in technology in order to run more profitably than ever before.

Partner, DLA Piper

John McKinlay advises a range of businesses and public sector organisations on contractual, technology, and intellectual property matters. His core practice is negotiating commercial, outsourcing and technology contracts.
He advises clients in a range of industries, most commonly financial services, life sciences, and public sector, and regularly advises on projects which involve working across a number of international jurisdictions.
John heads DLA Piper's UK Intellectual Property and Technology practice.
John is also Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's Technology Law and Practice Committee.

Vice President 2018-2018, Law Society of Scotland

John is the Society’s Vice President. He joined Council in 2012 and is a member of the Board. John is a criminal law consultant at Falkirk-based Marshall Wilson Law Group, prior to which his private practice work includes running his own firm for almost ten years.
He is the former convener of both the Nominations committee and the Finance Committee and sits on the Appeals and Reviews Subcommittee.

Partner, Brodies

Head of Legal Services, Procurement & Audit, The Scottish Parliament

Judith has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer in the public sector. Her previous roles include project manager at the Scottish Law Commission, legal adviser to the Food Standards Agency and advising the Scottish Government on the rural and marine environment. Judith joined the Parliament in 2007 and was appointed Head of Legal Services in 2015 – the first time the post was openly recruited. In her current role she provides advice to the Presiding Officer, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Parliamentary Committees and the Parliamentary Service. Judith is also a member of the Parliament’s Leadership Group which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Parliament, role modelling its aims and values and monitoring organisational performance.

Lecturer in International Law and Food Security, University of Edinburgh

Partner, BTO Solicitors

Laura is a regulatory lawyer with a particular interest and expertise in data protection and information law. Laura previously worked as a prosecutor in Scotland.
Laura was co-counsel in relation to the first, and to date, only successful appeal overturning an ICO fine. The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on 25 May 2018 providing Laura and the BTO Data Protection Team with new challenges as they assisted clients along their journey towards compliance. At the same time, Laura wrote the Law Society of Scotland Guide to the GDPR and has developed a GDPR immersive training app.
Laura is also on the board of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

Director, Innes Mackay

Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland

Head of Legal and Joint Head of Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland

Lynn is responsible for casework, litigation, Commission enforcement, legal policy and transfer of expertise initiatives. 

Before transferring into the EHRC Lynn was the Head of Scottish Legal Affairs for the DRC. Previously, she ran a mental health legal representation project, which provided free advice and representation to people with a mental illness, dementia or acquired brain injury. Lynn then became Principal Solicitor at Paisley Law Centre, specialising in disability and community care law and is a member of the Mental Health and Disability Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.

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.

Associate Solicitor, Corporate & Commercial

Partner, Employment, Blackadders LLP

Simon leads Blackadders’ award-winning Employment Team.  He has specialised in employment law for over 15 years with a particular focus on contentious matters.  Simon is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law.  

His team won the “Employment Team of the Year” and the “Excellence in Client Care Award” at the 2016 and 2017 Legal Awards. Simon was awarded “Lawyer of the Year” at the 2018 Legal Awards.  

Simon regularly appears in employment tribunals, predominantly for employers and has thousands of followers on twitter. Simon and his team are regular podcasters. Their podcast “Employment Lawyer In Your Pocket” is available for free on iTunes.

Founder, Stephen Gold Consulting

Stephen Gold founded and for over 25 years was at the heart of building a market-leading law firm of 450 people, serving clients throughout the UK.  Golds won multiple national awards for innovation, before merging with national giant Irwin Mitchell in 2007.
Today, Stephen is a sought-after trusted adviser, non-exec, and mentor to law firm leaders throughout the UK and Ireland. He specialises in strategy, the rainmaking skills, culture, performance, reward and merger. Clients describe him publicly as “an incredibly wise counsel and constant voice of reason” praise his “warmth and wit”, and value him especially as someone who has “walked the walk”.
For 5 years, his ironically-titled column, “The Word of Gold” has been a constant in the Journal.

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”.

Director of Marketing & Business Development, Morton Fraser

Tania has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing and delivering successful business strategies - from growth, to brand through to acquisitions and mergers, she is often seen as a change agent. Having worked in professional services for over 15 years she has delivered a number of market-firsts for the Scottish legal sector and has led communications teams on both agency and client-side. Tania has previously worked with brands such as Diageo (Scotland),  ICL (Fujitsu) and Digital Animations Group plc - the first Scottish AIM listed company.

Tania is also a Non-Executive Director of Age Scotland Enterprises, an Executive Business Coach, as well as a Mentor for the Scottish Chamber of Commerce Women’s Mentoring Programme, and Champion for Family Friendly Working Scotland.

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).

Professional Support Lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Val is a Professional Support Lawyer and mediator in the CMS employment team. She has a particular interest in equality and diversity, and is a member of the law Society of Scotland’s Equality and Diversity Committee. She is a regular commentator on equality issues.

Delegates in the main conference hall

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