Annual Conference 2019 Online CPD

Location: Online


View selected sessions from our 2019 annual conference. You can select as few or as many of the modules to watch.

The number of verifiable CPD hours varies depending on which items you choose. The keynote sessions and lived experience session are now available to watch free of charge.

You will gain 9.5 hours verifiable CPD by selecting the option for all modules. This includes the following modules at no cost:

  • Austin Lafferty in conversation with Bjarne P. Tellmann: The 21st Century General Counsel (0.75 hours)
  • Austin Lafferty in conversation with Karyn McCluskey (0.5 hours)
  • Innovating client service, inspiring lawyers: The next 100 years (0.5 hours)
  • Law and politics in an age of disruption (0.75 hours)
  • Panel session: Lived experience - sharing leaders (0.75 hours)

Prices for all modules (excluding VAT)

Member

£175.00

New member

£170.00

Non member

£180.00

Unemployed member

£160.00


The prices of individual modules are detailed below

This module is available to watch with our compliments.

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.

Speakers:

Austin Lafferty, Austin Lafferty Ltd
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.

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

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

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

Speakers:

Austin Lafferty, Austin Lafferty Ltd 
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.

Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland
Karyn worked in the police for 22 years in Sussex, Lancashire, West Mercia, Strathclyde and Police Scotland. She was Director of the Violence Reduction Unit alongside John Carnochan set up in 2003, which proposed a different way of addressing violence in Scotland. They developed injury surveillance, gang intervention and gang exit, and focused on preventing knife carrying and injury. She supports Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, set up in conjunction with the Violence Reduction Unit.
Karyn trained as a registered nurse, has a B.Sc and M.Sc in Psychology and is a Fellow by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health. She received Honorary Doctorate from University of Glasgow for work on prevention of violence and an Honorary Masters from the Open University. In 2019 she received the Presidents Medal from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She has worked in a variety of areas within the NHS, East Africa and HM Prisons. She has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction.

She is a board member of Simon Community Scotland tackling homelessness, is on the Board of the Scottish Professional Football League and a board member of The Centre for Justice Innovation.

0.5 hours verifiable CPD

 

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Speakers:

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Partner, White & Case LLPJacquelyn MacLennan is Partner, Brussels, London at White & Case LLP.
She focuses in particular on EU competition law, and risk management issues. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in her areas of EU expertise and human rights.  Jacquelyn is the Leader of White & Case’s Global Pro Bono Practice, and actively involved in White & Case’s support for Bhutan’s first law school, and the African Centre on Law & Ethics Programme where she teaches legal ethics and business and human rights to young lawyers and law students.
She is on the Board of PILnet, the Public Interest Lawyers Network, and Operation Fistula, which works to end fistula globally. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh. Jacquelyn led the White & Case team which worked with Romanian NGO ACCEPT in Case C-673/16 Coman and Others, and achieved the recognition of same sex marriage throughout the EU. This was awarded the Financial Times 2018 “Innovation in the rule of law and access to justice” award. Jacquelyn was recently named one of the Top Ten Innovative Lawyers in Europe by the Financial Times and is included in Global Competition Review's 100 Elite Women in Antitrust. She has been a visible advocate for equality for women in the profession throughout her career, and is included in the First 100 Years video project, charting the journey of women in law since 2019.

John Mulholland, President 2019-2020, Law Society of Scotland
John Mulholland is a criminal law consultant at Falkirk-based Marshall Wilson Law Group and joined the Law Society of Scotland council in 2012, representing constituents in Alloa, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling.
John is Chair of the Board and sits on the Appeals and Reviews Sub committee. He is the former convener of both the Nominations committee and the Finance Committee and is the former Treasurer.

 


0.5 hours verifiable CPD

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Speaker:

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is one of the UKs most distinguished lawyers. She has practiced at the Bar for over 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years, including the Balcombe Street Siege, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the European Union Sub-committee on Justice issues. Michael Bettany Espionage case, the bombing of the Israeli embassy, the Jihadist fertiliser bomb plot, and the transatlantic bomb plot. She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Women's syndrome in the British courts.
She has chaired the British Council and the UK Human Genetics Commission. She has been a member of the House of Lords for over 20 years, where she chaired The European Union Sub-committee on Justice issues. She is the President of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists. She is the chair of the Booker Prize Foundation and a member of Microsoft Technology and Human Rights Advisory Council. She has stepped down as Principal of Mansfield college, Oxford and become the new Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University. She is the new Director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute.

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Learning Outcomes:

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

Speakers:

Amanda Millar, Vice President 2019 - 2020, Law Society of Scotland
Amanda is the convener of the Law Society of Scotland Professional Practice (Rules and Waivers) 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. Amanda was the first non-executive Chair of Changing the Chemistry (SCIO) and stepped down from that post in September 2019. Their vision statement is “Changing the Chemistry in the boardroom so people and boards embrace diversity of thought”.

Alan D Stuart, Director, Stuart & Co
Alan Stuart is a projects lawyer based in Edinburgh with over 25 years’ experience in assisting clients to achieve their goals. Alan is managing director of Stuart & Co which is a boutique Technology Law Firm.
​Alan specialises in technology projects, commercial contracts and related intellectual property matters. He acts for major retailers, life sciences companies, software companies and space sciences organisations.
​Alan is a member of the Society for Computers and Law, the International Bar Association Space Law Committee and is a Member of the International Institute of Space Law; he is also a Writer to Her Majesty's Signet.
Alan lectures in International and IT contracts and is a consultant/adviser to other law firms.

Jennifer Dalziel, OfGem
Jennifer is a solicitor qualified in Scotland with 11 years post qualification experience.  She is currently an in-house legal adviser in the consumer and markets team at Ofgem and provides legal advice to internal clients on a diverse range of matters.  Prior to that role, she worked for a number of years in private practice, having completed her traineeship at DLA Piper and then working as a solicitor and senior associate in their Litigation and Regulatory team. Jennifer also worked for the Legal Services Agency and Just Right Scotland LLP as the Project Solicitor for the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, providing legal information and advice to women affected by gender based violence and continues to work with the centre as a volunteer on its legal helpline.

Maggie Moodie, Chairman and Head of Public Sector, Morton Fraser LLP
Maggie is Chairman of Morton Fraser and a partner in the firm's litigation division. She has specialised in commercial litigation, debt recovery and insolvency matters since qualifying as a solicitor in 1993.  
In addition, Maggie leads our public sector team which, with over 80 public sector specialists, is one of the largest in Scotland. Morton Fraser acts for over 100 public sector clients including the Scottish Government, the UK Government and The City of Edinburgh Council.
On her appointment as Chair of the firm, Maggie introduced agile working as part of a wider focus on employee wellbeing and organisational flexibility.  The policy was introduced in early 2018 and has helped retain and attract top talent.
Maggie is named in The Lawyer 2019 Hot 100 as one of the twelve lawyers within the list’s Leaders section.

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

 Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Speakers:

David Lee, David Lee Media and Events
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.

Deborah Carroll, Procurator Fiscal Depute
Deborah joined Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service as a trainee solicitor.
She spent 8 years at the Kilmarnock Procurator Fiscal’s Office as a Legal Assistant and thereafter as a Senior Legal Assistant. In 2001 she was promoted into the first of a number of legal management roles which have included operational delivery, policy development, training and project management.
She currently leads the Economic Crime Team in Glasgow which specialises in the preparation and prosecution of fraud and embezzlement cases.  With responsibilities for operational delivery, Deborah has assisted with the development of COPFS policy and has designed and delivered training, both internally and to external organisations, in this area.

Stuart Munro, Director, Livingstone Brown
'A tremendously hard worker who always thinks outside the box' - Legal 500, 2016
Stuart Munro is the head of the Criminal Litigation & Inquiries PAU. A criminal lawyer of over 25 years’ standing, he also has considerable experience in child protection cases and civil litigation.
Stuart's main interest is in white collar crime.  He acted in a leading perjury case. He has represented clients charged with complex fraud.  His recent work has included acting for a director of a FTSE100 company, an administrator of a football club and a prominent politician.
Stuart is the managing director of Livingstone Brown.  He is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 directory. He is a member of the LSS’s Criminal Law Committee.

Tom Stocker, Partner - International 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."

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

The Scottish Feminist Judgments Project

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

Speakers:

Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster
Pennie Taylor is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health, care and social issues. BBC Scotland’s first Health Correspondent, she has also worked on the newsdesks of a number of national newspapers. A former Head of Communications for a large NHS Trust, Pennie has inside knowledge of how public services work, giving her an informed perspective from which to approach and stimulate debate.

 

 

Professor Sharon Cowan, 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 Vanessa Munro, 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.

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Speakers:

Alison Atack, Immediate Past President 2019-2020, Law Society of Scotland
Alison Atack joined the Society’s Council in May 1998 representing solicitors in Glasgow and Strathkelvin. She is a former member of the Regulatory Committee and the former convener of the Client Protection Sub-Committee.
She retired as a partner at Lindsays in March 2018 and has detailed knowledge and experience of private client work, including succession planning and agricultural property.

 

Kim Pattullo, 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.

Sarah Hutchinson, 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.

Morven Hadden, Legal Director, Competition and Markets Authority
Morven Hadden joined the Competition Commission as a Legal Director in 2007 and was appointed as a Legal Director in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in 2014. She was previously a senior associate in the EU, Competition & Regulatory department of City law firm Simmons & Simmons specializing in EU and competition law, working in the firm’s London and Brussels offices. Morven has worked for Government departments as a competition policy and legal adviser on the media merger provisions and on the proposals that led to the reform of the UK competition law landscape in 2013. At the CMA she oversees the legal advice on phase 1 mergers as well as advising on phase 2 mergers, market investigations, regulatory appeals, cartel cases, antitrust enforcement and related litigation.

0.75 hours verifiable CPD 

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

Learning Outcomes:

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

Speakers:

Vlad Valiente, Scottish Fire & Rescue and convener, Law Society In-house lawyers committee
Vlad has worked as an in-house lawyer since 2007. Vlad has worked for 3 local authorities (Midlothian, Moray and Aberdeenshire Councils) in various roles from Solicitor to Principal Solicitor. He is currently the Legal Services Manager and Data Protection Officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Vlad is the Vice President of the Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland (SOLAR) and is a Co-Convenor of the In-house Lawyers Committee of the Law Society. He Tutors at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and is a Chartered Manager (Chartered Management Institute).
Vlad has experience of providing legal assistance and decision making at high level within the above mentioned Councils, SOLAR and as a Director of a Refugee Charity (Refugee Survival Trust). These include advising a number of executive and non-executive Boards and Committees. He has also significant experience of building in-house legal teams.

Rachael McLean, Head of Legal Modernisation, The Scottish Government
Rachael heads up the Legal Modernisation Unit, and is Interim Head of Business and Strategy, in the Scottish Government Legal Directorate (SGLD).
After starting her career at McGrigors in commercial litigation, Rachael joined the Government Legal Service for Scotland in 2008. Her work has involved advising policy colleagues and Ministers in areas including children and education, food safety and employment. She has worked on the team representing the Scottish Government at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and spent two years as a legal adviser at the Scottish Parliament.
She is currently leading an ambitious programme to drive forward business critical improvement and modernisation work within SGLD. The aim is to make changes which support lawyers to deliver their work more efficiently and effectively in a way that protects their personal wellbeing.

Stuart Clarke, Director of Legal Services, Scottish Enterprise
Stuart is 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.

Helen Arnot, Head of Legal, STV
Helen is responsible for the legal and regulatory work across STV’s core businesses – Broadcast, Digital and Productions - and the operations of the STV Appeal and the Scottish Children’s Lottery (operated by an STV subsidiary as external lottery manager).
With a focus on intellectual property law, the technology revolution and evolving media regulation, Helen has supported STV’s transformation from a commercial public service broadcaster to a multi-platform digital publisher.
Diversity and change have characterised Helen’s STV years where the job has included legalling the scripts for Taggart; complying the seminal observational documentary Club Reps; and supporting STV’s news output as it has navigated shifting constitutional times. Before her law degree at Strathclyde, Helen completed an MA in German and French at Edinburgh University and worked with the BBC in London and Glasgow, principally in Bush House with the German Language Service. Helen sits on the Law Society’s Privacy Committee, and the BCAP Committee (regulating advertising practices).

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

This module is available to watch with our compliments.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Speakers: 

Chair: Pennie Taylor, Journalist and Broadcaster
Pennie Taylor is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health, care and social issues. BBC Scotland’s first Health Correspondent, she has also worked on the newsdesks of a number of national newspapers. A former Head of Communications for a large NHS Trust, Pennie has inside knowledge of how public services work, giving her an informed perspective from which to approach and stimulate debate.

 

 

Rob Stephenson, Founder, InsideOut
Rob Stephenson is a mental health influencer, campaigner, Board advisor and public speaker with the mission of inspiring the creation of mentally healthier workplaces. He experiences bipolar disorder personally.
Rob is the founder of Inside-Out.org which publishes the InsideOut LeaderBoard, smashing the stigma of mental ill-health by showcasing senior leader role models with lived experience.
Rob is also behind the InsideOut Mental Health Awards and the Leadership Charter and is the Chief Catalyst of BetterSpace.

 

Catriona Headley, 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).

Samantha Brown, 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.

 

 

Bruce Beveridge, CEO, GC, Board Chair and Director; and Past President, Law Society of Scotland
For the last 20 years Bruce has operated as a CEO, GC or Board Chair or Director, often at times of significant change. He has amassed a very broad range of legal and organisational experience both strategic and operational. He is big on collaboration and passionate about supporting career development, and for more than a decade has facilitated at LBC Wise Counsel’s unique and transformational in-house talent development programme.
Some career highlights are: Lord President’s Legal Secretary; Deputy Keeper of RoS; Head of part of Rural Affairs in Scottish Government; Chair of thinkWhere Ltd, Office Bearer in the WS Society, CEO of BSAS and most recently CEO of Storas Uibhist in the Outer Hebrides - and of course President of the Law Society of Scotland.”

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Speakers:

Austin Lafferty, Austin Lafferty Ltd
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.

Deborah McCormack, 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.

Gordon Hunt, Head of Scholarship and Learning, The Robertson Trust
Gordon Hunt joined the Robertson Trust as Head of Scholarship and Learning in 2017 after a career spent mainly in higher education as a librarian, strategic planner and community engagement manager.
He is a former Chair of the Scottish Library and Information Council, Vice Chair of the Ayrshire College Foundation and Chair of Audit and Governance at Stow College. He is currently Vice Chair of the Fair Access Framework Governance Group.
He is responsible for expanding and developing the Trust’s work in widening access to education and for developing the Journey to Success programme (a bursary and career development programme for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds). He also has responsibility for the Trust’s learning and communications team.

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

Speakers:

David Lee, David Lee Media & Events

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.

David Greene, Vice President, Law Society of England & Wales
David qualified in 1980, becoming a partner at Edwin Coe in 1984. He became Senior Partner of the Firm in 2011. David is a litigator. He is a claimants’ practitioner and has specialised in Group claims of all natures for over 25 years in the UK and the USA. Although in that context David undertakes some personal injury work his main focus is on commercial claims including competition claims and claims on behalf of shareholders. He is Head of both the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and the Group Action Litigation department.
David is well known for his work on Brexit. He acted for one of the two claimants in the Article 50 litigation. He also chairs the Law Society Task Force on Brexit. As such he has written and lectured in the UK and Europe on the issues that arise in relation to Brexit and civil justice. He has also provided evidence to the Commons and Lords on those issues.

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive, Law Society of Scotland
Lorna has been Chief Executive at the Law Society since January 2009. Since joining she has led the Society’s staff team in delivering a program of modernisation, which has included improvements in the Society’s transparency, governance arrangements, outreach to members and stakeholders and business efficiencies. Her current focus is on aligning the Society’s resources against its strategy Leading Legal Excellence.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Lorna was based in the United States, as President Americas for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government's trade and investment arm. Previously, Lorna was Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, one of 12 local enterprise companies covering Scotland. A chartered accountant by profession, and a graduate of Aberdeen University.
Lorna is also 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.

Teri Kelly, Director of Representation and Member Services, Law Society of Ireland
Teri is responsible for external communications for the Law Society of Ireland, web and digital communications, and the award-winning Gazette magazine and Gazette.ie. Teri assists members of the profession by providing member and support services including library services and member communications. Teri leads both the Small Practice Support Project and the Professional Wellbeing Project on behalf of the Law Society. Teri has a special interest in equality and diversity and is a member of the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
Originally from Calgary, Canada, Teri studied political science and international relations. She has spent time in the energy, technology and financial services sectors before moving to the legal profession. Teri has lived all over Ireland for more than 15 years, spending periods in Limerick, Galway, Longford, Leitrim and, now, Dublin.

Rowan White, Law Society of Northern Ireland
Rowan graduated with an honours degree in law in 1974 and returned to Belfast to take up an apprenticeship with Crawford & Lockhart, Martin H. Turnbull & Co. He remained with that firm after he was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland in 1977 but moved to its affiliated practice in Ballymena, J.& A. Caruth & Bamber, in January 1979.
Rowan returned to Belfast in September 1983 to join Norman Wilson & Co, becoming a partner in 1985. Although that firm had by then been in existence for more than eighty years, he was, remarkably, only its third principal in all that time. He was instrumental in its merger with leading Irish law firm Arthur Cox in 1996.
Rowan was a partner in Arthur Cox’s Belfast practice from 1996 until April 2018, when he took up a consultancy role. His practice covers all areas of commercial property, including acquisitions, disposals and leases for local, national and international clients, as well as property development and finance and corporate support work. Over the years, he has been involved in many of the biggest and most complex property transactions in Northern Ireland.
Rowan has been active in a number of professional bodies over the course of his career. He was Chairman of Antrim & Ballymena Solicitors’ Association in 1983 and of The Belfast Solicitors’ Association in 1991/92. He was a founder member and the first Chair of The Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyers’ Association when it was established in 2006.
Elected to the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in November 2015, Rowan has chaired its Client Complaints, Education and Home Charter Committees, as well as serving on numerous other committees and sub-committees. He also serves as a nominee of the Society on the Council of Legal Education.

0.5 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£20.00

New member

£15.00

Non member

£25.00

Unemployed member

£10.00

Speakers:

Austin Lafferty, Austin Lafferty Ltd
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.

John Scott QC, 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.

 

 

Sheriff A J M Duff, 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.

Deborah Ann Wilson, Wilson Defence and Convener, Criminal Law Committee, Law Society of Scotland
Glasgow born and Dunoon raised Debbie Wilson (McCuish), a law graduate of Aberdeen University, spent a few years in private practice (Dundee and Aberdeen) before joining the local authority. There her remit was primarily legal work in support of Roads Dept, Water Services and Social Work committees for over a dozen years. While there she handled the ‘private prosecutions’ of the Education Department’s Truancy Sub-Committee which took her to joining COPFS (then called the Procurator Fiscal Service).
By the end of some 5 years with the prosecution she had worked in Dundee, Aberdeen, Shetlands, Fort William, Campbeltown, Paisley, Peterhead, Stornoway and many courts in between, ending her Procurator Fiscal service as the Procurator Fiscal at Peterhead. From there she jumped ship to the ‘other side’ and practiced initially in Macduff before opening her sole practitioner firm in Banff nearly 15 years ago.

Frances McMenamin QC, Advocate, Black Chambers
Since admission to the Faculty in June 1985, Frances has practised almost exclusively in criminal law.
In addition to her work as defence counsel, mostly in the High Court, her highly regarded experience has led, over the years, to a number of appointments. Since 1991, she has been a visiting lecturer at The Scottish Police College. She was a Temporary Sheriff from 1991 until her appointment as an Advocate Depute in 1997. From then until 2000, she prosecuted High Court trials and represented the Crown in the Appeal Court. Thereafter she returned to establish a very busy practise in the High Court as Senior Counsel for the defence, having taken silk in 1998. In 2009 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Strathclyde University. In 2010 she was appointed to be a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission until 2018. In 2014, Lord Bonomy invited her to be one of his expert group to assist with his Post Corroboration Review, published in April 2015 and she receives many invitations to lecture on various aspects of criminal law and practise. She is the senior woman practising at the Scottish Bar.

0.75 hours verifiable CPD

Prices for this module (excluding VAT)

Member

£30.00

New member

£25.00

Non member

£35.00

Unemployed member

£17.50

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