Annual Conference 2020 - Save the date

We're glad to confirm the date and location of our next annual conference: Friday 30 October 2020 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Registration for the event is now open with a 30% discount if you book by Burns Night.

We'll be adding items to the programme as and when we confirm them.

Annual Conference 2020 Booking

Registration for our Annual Conference 2020 is now open. Book by Burns Night and receive a 30% discount on the full ticket price.

 

2019 Programme

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, Partner, Employment and Incentives, 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 particularly 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:Vlad Valiente, Scottish Fire & Rescue and convener, Law Society In-house lawyers committee

Rachael McLean, 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

Get your 1 hour of risk management CPD

Gail Cook, Client Executive, Master Policy Practice Management, Lockton Companies LLP
Anne Kentish, Clyde and Co
Rona Paterson, RSA
Mark Gray, Lockton

The aim of the session is to leave the attendees with an understanding of:

  • what risk management looks like on the ground
  • how easy issues arise but how easy problems can be avoided
  • Why risk management is important
  • How risk management may help in the current insurance market
  • what might be the claims issues of the future
Keynote session: In conversation with... Bjarne P Tellmann

Chair: Austin Lafferty, Austin Lafferty Ltd

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, 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 Ann Wilson, Wilson Defence and Convener, Criminal Law Committee, Law Society of Scotland
Frances McMenamin QC, Advocate, Black Chambers

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
Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, University of Durham
Jemma Neville, Author of ‘Constitution Street’

Chair: David Lee

Speakers:

Scottish Enterprise
Ewan Hall, Baxendale Advisory
John Clark, chair of employee-owned business Novograf
Karen Pickering, Page\Park Architects, Director - Chair of Board, and board member for both Women in Property Scotland and Employee Ownership Scotland

Keynote session

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Partner, White & Case LLP

Chair: John Mulholland, President, Law Society of Scotland

Delegates will make their way to their chosen breakout session

Breakout sessions

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

Speakers:

Alan D Stuart, Director, Stuart & Co
Jennifer Dalziel, OfGem
Maggie Moodie, Chairman and Head of Public Sector, Morton Fraser LLP

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

Chair: Austin Lafferty

Speakers:
Deborah McCormack, Head of Early Talent, Pinsent Masons
Gordon Hunt, Head of Scholarship and Learning, The Robertson Trust

  • 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 and Law Society of Scotland Accredited Legal Technologist

  • 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

Chair: David Lee

David Greene, Vice President, Law Society of England & Wales
Lorna Jack
, Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland
Teri Kelly, Director of Representation and Member Services, Law Society of Ireland
Rowan White, Law Society of Northern Ireland

  • What steps can we take now that will further enshrine true equalities in our organisations and professions?
  • What will future generations come to see as watershed moments in pursuit of true equality?
  • Working together in rearranged world: what emerging challenges and opportunities are presented by constitutional and geo political shifts?

Delegates will make their way to their chosen breakout sessions

Breakout sessions

Chair: David Lee

Speakers:

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

  • What is the scale of the financial crime problem?
  • What are COPFS and Police Scotland doing to tackle financial crime?
  • Are businesses doing enough to prevent financial crime?
  • Reporting financial crimes to the authorities – how do you report and what do you need to think about?
  • Internal investigations, self-reporting and the position of directors and employees
  • What is next? Legal and policy developments.

The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project

Chair: Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers:

Professor Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies, 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

  • What design thinking means
  • Why it’s so popular
  • How it’s been used in the RBS Outsourcing, Technology & IP Legal team to date
  • Practical exercises to understand not only the process itself but how to best approach the process as a whole

Delegates will make their way to the plenary room

Keynote session: In conversation with... Karyn McCluskey

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’

 

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland

Delegates in the main conference hall

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