Join us on Friday 25 October to take part in the conversations that matter at our Annual conference, the pre-eminent legal conference of the year.

Hear from our keynote speakers; choose from a variety of talks and panel debates and network with hundreds of fellow legal professions, business leaders and other attendees.

This event is worth 6 hours verifiable CPD

Join us for breakfast and your first chance to chat to our sponsors and exhibitors

Breakout sessions

Chair: Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers:

Professor Alan Miller, Special Envoy of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights
Ruth Dearnley OBE, CEO, Stop the Traffik

Chair: Alison Atack, Immediate Past President, Law Society of Scotland

Speakers:

Kim Pattullo, Addleshaw Goddard
Sarah Hutchinson, Managing Director, Barbri International and Chair IBA Diversity and Inclusivity Council

Morven Hadden, Legal Director, Competition and Markets Authority

  • Individuals (often women) who have taken career breaks can often face daunting barriers in returning and reconnecting to the profession
  • We will discuss a diverse workforce with a broad skill set, intellectual curiosity and life experience
  • We will particulary focus on agesim, as well as gender equality, and how firms and organisations can establish and embed themselves as leaders by exploring Returners Programmes in firms and organisations

Chair:

Rachael Maclean, Head of Legal Modernisation, The Scottish Government
Stuart Clarke, Director of Legal Services, Scottish Enterprise
Helen Arnot, Head of Legal, STV

  • The 3 key features of In-House legal operations: People, processes and systems
  • Interacting with business units and effective function within

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Gail Cook, Client Executive, Master Policy Practice Management, Lockton Companies LLP
Matthew Thomson, Client Executive, Lockton Companies LLP

Keynote session: The 21st Century General Counsel

Bjarne P. Tellmann, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer at Pearson

In an era of rapid change, disruption and finite resources, the role of the in-house counsel has become one of the corporate world’s most complex and challenging. Increasingly, general counsel and other senior leaders in legal departments must act like chief executives if they are to succeed. They need to know how to lead, communicate, inspire, motivate, build cultures, manage talent, formulate and execute strategies, anticipate and manage risk, and oversee quality control.And they must manage diverse groups of people with subtlety and diplomacy. All these skills are needed in addition to being top-notch lawyers, and the consequences of getting the balance wrong can be significant.

In this fireside chat, Bjarne Tellmann, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Pearson, will draw upon over 20 years’ experience of leading global organisations across Europe, Asia and the United States to provide a structured plan for successfully navigating though these issues.

Delegates will make their way to their chosen breakout session

Breakout sessions

Chair: Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers:

Rob Stephenson, Founder, InsideOut
Catriona Headley, Associate, Digby Brown; Trustee, SAMH
Samantha Brown, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Bruce Beveridge, Chief Executive, Storas Uibhist; and past President, Law Society of Scotland

  • Creating a ripple effect of senior leaders who are willing to speak out about their own lived experience and sharing their powerful stories of how being open has positively impacted their workplace

Chair: Austin Lafferty, Austin Lafferty Ltd

Speakers:

John Scott QC, Solicitor Advocate
Sheriff A J M Duff, Director of Judicial Institute for Scotland
Deborah Anne Wilson, Wilson Defence and Convener, Criminal Law Committee
Frances McMenamin QC

Chair: Michael P. Clancy OBE, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland

Speakers:

Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics
Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland

Chair: David Lee

Speakers:

Scottish Enterprise
CEOs and MDs of Scottish business

Keynote session: Ash Denham MSP

Delegates will make their way to their chosen breakout session

Breakout sessions

Chair: Amanda Millar, Vice President, Law Society of Scotland

Speakers TBC

  • Rationale
  • Evidence
  • Discovered along the way: IT, GDPR, Tech
  • Supervision and productivity

Chair: Austin Lafferty

Speakers:

Dr Laura da Costa, Senior Researcher, Bridge Group
Deborah McCormack, Head of Early Talent, Pinsent Masons

  • Explore the several stages of the ‘social mobility pipeline’ in the legal profession
  • Identifying common fair access and retainment pitfalls in the legal profession – what do employers keep getting wrong and what is good recruitment practice?
  • How do social mobility issues extend beyond recruitment and into the workplace?
  • How to create a more inclusive workplace and common pitfalls to watch out for in the legal profession

Chair: Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers:

Jo Armstrong, Economist and Honorary Professor of Public Policy. Glasgow University
Professor Graeme Roy, Head of Economics and Director, Fraser of Allander Institute
Siobhan Kahmann, Law Society representative for Scottish solicitors outside Great Britain and Associate, Covington

Chair: David Lee

Speakers:

Sarah Blair, Director of IT, Thorntons LLP
Sam Moore, Innovation Manager, Burness Paull

  • Our panellists will share how LegalTech has benefitted their organisation in practical terms and through technological advances, improve efficiencies and create competitive advantages for solicitors, clients and communities
Plenary session

David Greene, Vice President, Law Society of England & Wales
Lorna Jack
, Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland
Ken Murphy, Law Society of Ireland
Law Society of Northern Ireland

Delegates will make their way to their chosen breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

Chair: David Lee

Speakers:

Deborah Carrol, Procurator Fiscal Depute
Stuart Munro, Director, Livingstone Brown
Tom Stocker, Partner - International White Collar Crime, Investigations & Compliance, Pinsent Masons

The Scottish Feminist Justice Project

Chair: Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers:

Professor Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies, University of Edinburgh
Dr Chloë Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, University of Edinburgh
Professor Vanessa Munro, Professor of Law, University of Warwick

  • The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project is part of a global series that aims to imagine how important legal cases might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective.
  • Join the panel as we look to the next 100 years to find out how the results could shape your future legal practice

Chair: Sheekha Saha, Law Society Council Member: Dingwall, Dornoch, Elgin, Inverness, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Lochmaddy, Portree, Stornoway, Tain & Wick and Vice-Convener, In-house Lawyers’ Committee

Speakers:

Craig Allan, Legal Counsel in the Outsourcing, Technology & IP legal team, RBS

  • You can only begin to focus on problem solving once you’ve focussed clearly on finding, and truly understanding, the problem.
  • Since we’re a profession forever looking to understand our clients’ requirements, lawyers should be encouraged to speak to their clients about their actual problems and concerns around service provision.

Delegates will make their way to the plenary room

Keynote session

Austin Lafferty speaking with Karyn McClusky, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland and famously described by the Guardian as ‘the woman who took on Glasgow’s gangs…and won’

 

Delegates in the main conference hall

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