Keynote speakers
Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws

Helena Kennedy QCHelena Kennedy practises predominantly in the criminal law, undertaking leading work of all kinds. She also undertakes judicial review, public inquiries and sex discrimination work. She has acted in many of the prominent cases of the last decade including the Brighton Bombing Trial, Guildford Four Appeal, the bombing of the Israeli Embassy, the abduction of Baby Abbie Humphries and a number of key domestic violence cases. She is currently acting in cases connected to the recent wave of terrorism.

She is Chair of the Human Genetics Commission and a member of the World Bank Institute's External Advisory Council and was recently appointed to the board of the British Museum. She stepped down as Chair of the British Council in July 2004 after completing six years. She is a Bencher of Gray's Inn and a Member of the House of Lords, speaking on issues of human rights and civil liberties.

She is Vice-President of the Haldane Society, Vice-President of the Association of Women Barristers and a Patron of Liberty. She chaired the Commission of Inquiry into Violence in Penal Institutions for Young People for the Howard League. The Commission's report Banged Up, Beaten Up, Cutting Up was published in 1995. She chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the health, environmental and safety aspects of the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston for Reading Borough Council, the findings published in the report Secrecy Versus Safety1994. In 2004/5, she was Chair of the Inquiry into Sudden Infant Death for the Royal Colleges of Pathologists and of Paediatrics, producing a protocol for the investigation of such deaths. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. She is a member of the Foreign Policy Centre's Advisory Council and was the UK member of the International Bar Association's Task Force on Terrorism.

She is President of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the National Children's Bureau. As Commissioner on the National Commission for Education she chaired a committee on widening participation in further education and the Commission's seminal report, Learning Works, was published in 1997.

She has lectured on Human Rights, Criminal Law and many other subjects, both in Britain and internationally. She was the Rose Sheinberg scholar-in-residence at New York University's School of Law in 2003. She delivered the Hamlyn Trust lecture for the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in 2002. She was a contributor to The Bar on Trial 1982, Child Sexual Abuse Within the Family 1985 and Balancing Acts1989.

A frequent broadcaster and journalist on law and women's rights, her many media contributions and appearances include creating the BBC television series Blind Justice in 1987, presenting the BBC's Heart of the Matter throughout 1987, Raw Deal on Medical Negligence in 1989, The Trial of Lady Chatterley's Loverin 1990, and Time Gentlemen, Please for BBC Scotland - which won The Television Programme Award category of the 1994 Industrial Journalism Awards.

In 1992 she received the Women's Network Award for her work on women and justice and in 1995 added to it the UK Woman of Europe Award. For her work on equal rights she was recognised by the National Federation of Women's Institutes in 1996 who presented her with their Campaigning and Influencing Award - Making a World of Difference. In 1997 The Times gave her their Lifetime Achievement in the Law Award for her work for women and the law, and The Spectator made her Parliamentarian of the Year 2000.

She was awarded a life peerage in 1997. She was created a member of the French Académie Universelle des Cultures by the French government, a Cavalier di Gran Croce (Italy's highest honour) by the President of Italy in 2004, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005 and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2005.

Her publications include the widely acclaimed Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice (Vintage, 1993) which has been fully updated and has just been reissued in paperback, March 2005. Her new book Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice and Why It Matters to Us All (Chatto & Windus, 2004) has just been published in paperback, March 2005.

Ash Denham MSP

Ash Denham was appointed Minister for Community Safety in June 2018. Ash was formerly Head of Campaigns and Advocacy for Common Weal Scotland.

She studied International Relations at Keele University in Staffordshire, and Development Management at the Open University.
Ash, who grew up in Biggar and Devon, was elected as MSP for Edinburgh Eastern in May 2016.

Bjarne P. Tellmann


Bjarne P. TellmanBjarne P. Tellmann is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Pearson and a member of its Executive. He leads approximately 150 people on six continents across its legal, compliance, security and company secretary functions.

Bjarne previously worked across Europe, Asia and the US with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as Associate General Counsel. He has also held legal positions at Kimberly-Clark, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP.

Bjarne’s critically-acclaimed book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team” was published in 2017 and he writes regularly on legal topics. He has received numerous awards for legal excellence, including Legal Era’s “2018 General Counsel of the Year” and “2017 General Counsel of the Year” at The British Legal Awards.

Bjarne serves on the board of Hire an Esquire, a technology-driven online legal recruiter, on The University of Chicago Alumni Board and its Law School Council, and on the Editorial Board of Modern Legal Practice. He is an alumnus of numerous institutions, including Harvard Business School, The University of Chicago Law School, and The London School of Economics.

Karyn McCluskey

Karyn leads the Community Justice Scotland team and has overall responsibility for raising awareness of the value that community justice brings to individuals and communities. Her aim is to provide leadership in a highly complex sector that covers multiple professional and organisational operating environments. She also ensures that our team supports and challenges our partners by promoting new ways of working that can improve service delivery and create better outcomes for individuals and society.

Karyn spent 21 years working with the police and helped establish the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in 2005. She is a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and also helped set up the Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, which speak to school children about violence reduction, injury and keeping safe.
She has also previously developed a plan to tackle violence for the Metropolitan Police and has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction. In addition, Karyn is a Non-Executive Director at Scottish Professional Football League and a board member of Simon Community Scotland.

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).

Session Chairs

Immediate Past President, Law Society of Scotland
Alison is the Society’s President and Chair of the Board. Alison was previously Convener 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.  

Vice President, Law Society of Scotland
Amanda is a partner with McCash & Hunter LLP in Perth, specialising in all aspects of mental health and adults with incapacity law. Within the Law Society of Scotland she is the convener of the Professional Practice Rules, Waivers and Guidance Sub-Committee, an observer member of the Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee and a member of the Board.
Amanda was the first solicitor in Scotland accredited by the Law Society of Scotland in the fields of both Mental Health Law and Incapacity and Mental Disability Law and she remains the only solicitor so accredited outwith Glasgow and Edinburgh. She is a member of the expert advisory group of the Centre for Mental Health and Incapacity Law Rights and Policy at Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of Changing the Chemistry Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), whose vision statement is “Changing the Chemistry in the boardroom so people and boards embrace diversity of thought."

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).

David Lee is an event host, conference organiser, writer, editor and PR consultant. He worked for daily newspapers for 21 years, latterly as Senior Assistant Editor at The Scotsman before establishing his own business in 2009.

As Director of David Lee Media & Events Ltd, he has organised 100-plus business and public policy conferences and seminars and hosted almost 200 events for a range of public and private sector clients across the UK. He has covered legal affairs for 15 years and has been a judge in the Scottish Legal Awards since 2004.
As well as law, he has a particular interest in fintech, life sciences, forestry and rural affairs, food & drink, education and general public policy.
Away from work, he is a father of four children (and two dogs) and is a passionate coastal rower and an enthusiastic footballer (of declining ability). He spends a lot of time on buses and trains, often leading to Twitter fury @davidleemedia

Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland

Michael graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1979 taking an LLB degree and in 1985 taking an LLM degree. In 1987 he graduated LLB (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 OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List in June 2002.

Journalist and Broadcaster

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

Speakers and panellists

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

Associate, Digby Brown; Trustee, SAMH
Catriona graduated with an LLB (honours) from the University of Glasgow in 2006 and completed the diploma in legal practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law the following year. She qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Digby Brown the same year.
Catriona is an Associate solicitor in the Edinburgh office. She specialises in personal injury cases involving road traffic accidents, accidents at work and general accident claims in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court. She has extensive experience of advocacy in the Sheriff Court.
Catriona is a Trustee of SAMH, Scotland's leadling mental health charity and was President of the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association from 2010-2012. She is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Legal Counsel in the Outsourcing, Technology & IP Legal team, RBS

Vice President, Law Society of England and Wales

Wilson Defence and Convener, Criminal Law Committee

Procurator Fiscal Depute

Head of Early Talent, Pinsent Masons
Deborah graduated from the University of Glasgow’s Law School in 1994. After a year travelling and working in the United States, Australia and South East Asia, including a placement with The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington D.C., Deborah completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow University, going on to qualify as a Solicitor, specialising in Corporate law, in 1998. Working in Scotland, London and Europe, Deborah moved from legal practice to help build the Learning & Development and Early Talent functions at the law firm McGrigors. When McGrigors merged with Pinsent Masons in 2012, Deborah took on the Early Talent remit and now supports the global business with recruitment & development strategy for all emerging talent, including apprentices and graduates. A large part of the Early Talent remit focuses on diversity & inclusion. Having been an active member and then Chair of the Institute of Student Employers Scotland & the North Steering Group, Deborah joined the ISE Board in late 2017 and was appointed Chair in early 2019. Debs lives just outside of Glasgow, is married to Alan and mum to Iona (13) and Finlay (11). When she’s not on a plane to London with work(!), she likes to spend time with family and friends, gin & tonic with a good book and is training (unsuccessfully) for her first ever 10km to raise money for MIND.

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, University of Edinburgh
Chloë’s main research interests are criminal law, legal theory, legal history, and the relationship between these areas. She is particularly interested in intellectual and cultural legal history, focussing on the ways that prevailing ideas have shaped the law's development and continue to inform our contemporary assumptions. Her research also focuses on law and gender and law and religion.

Senior Researcher, Bridge Group

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.  

Head of Legal, STV

Economist and Honorary Professor of Public Policy. Glasgow University

Vice President 2018-2019, 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 included 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 Sub-Committee.

Solicitor Advocate
Award winning lawyer from an award winning firm.
Silk of the Year - The Law Awards of Scotland, November 2018.
The Firm Magazine’s Criminal Lawyer of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and once again in 2013 (there was no award in this category in 2012 and it has not been awarded since 2013). No other lawyer has received this award on 4 consecutive occasions.

Director General, Law Society of Ireland

Partner, Employment and Incentives, Addleshaw Goddard
Kim acts for clients in the logistics, transport and aviation, oil and gas, private equity and regulatory sectors. She specialises in advising on restructuring and reorganisations, Mergers & Acquisitions work, TUPE transfers (acting for Transferors and Transferees), Occupational Health law, troubleshooting relationship issues and resolving disputes either via employment tribunal cases or helping clients find alternative ways of resolving issues through mediation.
Kim provides specialist support and employment law training for all levels of management and is a highly regarded speaker on employment law.
She is committed to delivering her clients’ commercial objectives within an employment law framework. Most recently, Kim led the team acting in the largest equal pay employment tribunal litigation in Scotland involving approximately 8,500 claimants.  In an 18 month period, her team settled £20 million of claims and 2,000 settlement agreements were concluded.

Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland
Since joining the Society in January 2009 as Chief Executive, Lorna has led the staff team in delivering a program of modernisation.  That program continues with a bolder, more ambitious five year strategy for 2015-2020. Lorna’s role is to drive the implementation of this strategy which aims to lead legal excellence in Scotland and beyond enabling the Law Society to be a world-class professional body.  Lorna is a chartered accountant by profession, and a graduate of Aberdeen University.
Currently, Lorna is also interim chair of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited as well as a Trustee and Treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation.  She is also an independent member of the court of University of Aberdeen and a member of its Governance and Nominations Committee.

Client Executive, Lockton Companies LLP

Legal Director, Competition and Markets Authority

Special Envoy of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and a roster member of the Crisis Response Unit of UNDP. Alan is also currently serving as Chair of the First Minister of Scotland’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. Previously he held elected positions of Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. As a former practising lawyer he is a past President of the Glasgow Bar Association and he also continues to teach on the LLM at the University of Strathclyde where he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law.

Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics
Conor Gearty was born in Ireland and graduated in law from University College Dublin before moving to Wolfson College, Cambridge in 1980 to study for a Master’s Degree and then for a PhD. He became a fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge in 1983 and in 1990 he moved to the school of law at King’s College London where he was first a senior lecturer, then a reader and finally (from 1995) a professor. He was Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights (2002-2009) and is Professor of human rights law in the LSE Law Department. He has published widely on terrorism, civil liberties and human rights. Conor is also a barrister and was a founder member of Matrix chambers from where he continues to practise. He has been a frequent adviser to judges, practitioners and public authorities on the implications of the UK Human Rights Act, and has frequently lectured at home and abroad on the topic of human rights. He has appeared in human rights cases in the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and the High Court. He has also been a visiting professor at Boston University, the University of Richmond, the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. Conor is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Bencher of Middle Temple and has honorary doctorates from Sacred Heart University in the United States, University College Dublin in Ireland and Brunel and Roehampton universities in the UK. In 2012 he became Director of LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and in this capacity was responsible for a crowd-sourced UK Constitution, drafted in 2015 and available at His latest book On Fantasy Island. Britain, Europe and Human Rights was published by OUP in September 2016

Head of Economics and Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute
Graeme re-joined Strathclyde in 2016 after 8 ½ years in the Scottish Government – where he was formerly a Senior Economic Adviser and head of the First Minister’s Policy Unit.
Graeme leads on the external engagement work of the department and the knowledge exchange activities of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).
He is a member of the Scottish Business Taskforce, an ex-adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Chair of the Economic Impact and Price Evaluation Advisory Group for Min Unit Pricing (Health Scotland) and a member of the Expert Payment Panel for Legal Aid in Scotland.
Graeme also leads on the Economic Futures Initiative for Applied Economics in Scotland.
Being part of both the Economics Department and the FAI is a tremendous privilege.
Over the last 40 years, research at Strathclyde has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the economy and the impact of policy.
That continues today. Our strategy is founded upon a vision of academically excellent research that encompasses the University’s motto of ‘The Place for Useful Learning’. At the heart of this, is a commitment to take our research and apply it to the real-world.
This approach also shapes the way we engage with our students through our commitment not just to give them an excellent understanding of key economic issues, but to gain experience in how to actually apply that knowledge. This includes our work-placement and internship programmes for Strathclyde students at the FAI.  
It is also captured in the way we work with key partners, such as government, Deloitte, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and many other organisations across both Scotland and the UK.  
At the FAI, we also greatly value the unique role that we have in Scottish society. Our work – whether that is in our quarterly Economic Commentary, Scotland’s Budget report, blogs, or our commissioned research – aims to inform and encourage public debate through high quality independent analysis.

Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies, University of Edinburgh
Sharon Cowan is the Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies and the Deputy Head of School at the University of Edinburgh School of Law. Her research focuses on issues relating to sex/gender and sexuality across the fields of criminal law, asylum and refugee law, legal theory, and legal pedagogy.

Professor of Law, University of Warwick
Vanessa is also a graduate, and former recipient of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award, from the University of Glasgow. She has published extensively on law and policy responses to gender-based violence, and on feminist legal and political theory more broadly.

Head of Legal Modernisation, The Scottish Government

Founder, InsideOut

Chief Executive for STOP THE TRAFFIK
Ruth became Chief Executive in May 2008 having participated in its formation in 2005.
With a law degree and background in education, she inspires and enables people to transform the world around them.
Ruth believes that STOP THE TRAFFIK’s working model demonstrates the unique power of bringing people and technology into a harmonious relationship for good for all, imagining a different future where good can prevail.
Ruth was honoured with the award of an OBE in the 2014 British New Year Honours.

Former First Minister of Scotland
Rt Hon Henry McLeish began his political career as an elected member in local government in 1974, and was leader of Fife Regional Council for five years. In 1987 he was elected as a member of the UK Parliament and acted as Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs in the Labour government from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Retiring from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser, consultant, writer author and broadcaster and lectures in the USA and elsewhere on the European Union and politics. He chaired the Scottish Prisons Commission, which produced a report into sentencing and the criminal justice system entitled ‘Scotland’s Choice’. In 2010 he conducted a major report on the state of football in Scotland, which had been commissioned by the Scottish Football Association, and chaired a commission into sport requested by the Scottish government. He is now an honorary professor at Edinburgh University.

Innovation Manager, Burness Paull
Sam is Innovation Manager at Burness Paull, having previously practiced there as a construction solicitor and a legal technologist. Sam’s original background was is computer science, before coming to the legal progression as a graduate. Sam’s role involves the assessment of new technology for increasing efficiency across the firm, assisting clients with particular technology challenges, and ensuring that the firm has the most up-to-date knowledge possible of the quickly changing legal technology landscape. Outside of his core duties at Burness Paull, Sam is an advisory board member of Lawscot Tech, and teaches the Diploma course ‘Introduction to Legal Innovation and Technology’ at the University of Glasgow School of Law.

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sam has extensive experience in the growing pensions buy out field and in the associated areas of benefit design and liability management, as well as on the pensions aspects of corporate activity. A member of our pensions litigation group, Sam also has particular expertise advising both claimants and defendants on High Court disputes and declaratory proceedings and on matters before the Pensions Ombudsman. Sam is listed in Chambers as one to watch in her field.

Director of IT, Thorntons LLP
Sarah Blair has over 15 years’ experience in IT and has spent much of her time leading and transforming the firm’s IT capabilities.
Sarah specialises in developing and implementing IT strategies while delivering value to the firm through its investment in the latest legal technologies. She has a passion for business-led innovation, encouraging understanding, adoption and exploration of new technologies, but always with a focus on the problem that needs to be solved.
During her time at Thorntons Sarah has has spearheaded a number of major change management campaigns to encourage adoption of new technology - Seeing IT as an enabler and only bringing value when it enables people to work better.
Sarah is a member of the firm’s Operational Board, Information Steering Committee and Research & Development Group, working with fellow Directors to meet the firms strategic objectives and to drive forward business plans, as well as being the firm’s Information Security Manager.
Sarah is also a member of LITIG group and the LawScotTech advisory board.
When not at work or taxiing children around she can be found sailing keel boats off the East Neuk of Fife.

Managing Director, Barbri International and Chair IBA Diversity and Inclusivity Council
Sarah qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and practiced as a commercial lawyer in London before specialising in professional legal education. 
In 2015, she joined BARBRI as Managing Director, International. BARBRI meets the legal education needs of law students and attorneys throughout their careers. BARBRI’s Bar Review has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam.
Sarah is Chair of the Section of Public and Professional Interest in the International Bar Association and a member of the IBA’s management board.  She also chairs the IBA’s Diversity and Inclusivity Council. Sarah was the Co-chair of the IBA’s Academic and Professional Development committee 2012-2016, and she has previously chaired the International Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales.

Director of Judicial Institute for Scotland

Sheriff Duff was admitted as a solicitor in 1977. He worked as a procurator fiscal depute between 1977 and 1981 in Lanark, Hamilton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Crown Office.

From 1981 until July 2004 he was in private practice in Edinburgh as a solicitor specialising exclusively in the area of criminal defence. He qualified as a solicitor advocate with criminal rights of audience in 1993 and subsequently conducted cases before the High Court of Justiciary. He was appointed as a resident sheriff in the sheriff court at Dundee in July 2004. In September 2011 he was appointed Deputy Director of the then Judicial Studies Committee for Scotland, which became the Judicial Institute for Scotland on 1 January 2013. He was appointed Director of the Judicial Institute for Scotland on 1 September 2014.

He has formerly been a member of the following bodies: -

  • Law Society Council
  • SSC Council
  • McInnes Committee on Summary Justice Reform
  • McLeish Prisons Commission

Law Society representative for Scottish solicitors outside Great Britain and Associate, Covington

Director of Legal Services at Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.  To achieve a lasting, positive impact on Scotland’s economy, Scottish Enterprise works with partners in the private and public sectors to identify and exploit the best opportunities for quality jobs, business growth and international success.
Stuart is privileged to lead a legal team of 14 and panel of 4 law firms in such a dynamic and multi-dimensional political and economic environment, with a key focus on outcomes and the power of collaboration.
After joining Scottish Enterprise in 2005 and coming up within the ranks, Stuart came into post at the start of 2016.  Before moving in-house, Stuart worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer supporting mainly the Scottish M&A market.

Director, Livingstone Brown

Partner, White Collar Crime, Investigations  & Compliance, Pinsent Masons
Tom heads Pinsent Masons' White Collar Crime, Investigations & Compliance practice.
Tom is experienced in cases concerning fraud, bribery, money laundering, export controls, economic sanctions, tax offences, criminal cartels, health and safety, and other regulatory offences.
Tom advises companies and individuals in respect of financial crime prevention; the conduct internal investigations; investigations and proceedings by law enforcement bodies (in particular Police Scotland, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Services (COPFS)); self-reporting and non-prosecutorial resolutions; criminal defence; and public inquiries.  

Tom is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for financial crime and health & safety, and as Scotland's leading expert in fraud (criminal)(Legal 500). Chambers & Partners 2019 notes the following feedback: "one of the best lawyers I have worked with," according to a client, who adds: "He has excellent technical knowledge and is deeply practical and cognisant of commercial demands."

Delegates in the main conference hall

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