Keynote speakers
Ash Denham MSP

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.

 

The Rt Hon Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session

Lord President and Lord Justice General
Lord Carloway was appointed Lord President and Lord Justice General in December 2015 having held the position of Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House from August 2012.
He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (LLB Hons) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977.  He served as an Advocate Depute from 1986 to 1989 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.  From 1994 until his appointment as a Judge he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates. He was appointed a Judge in 2000.

He was editor of “Green’s Litigation Styles”. He contributed the chapters on “Court of Session Practice” to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and both “Expenses” and “Decrees and Interlocutors” in Court of Session Practice.
He led a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate. His report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011.
Lord Carloway was the joint editor of “Parliament House Portraits:  the Art Collection of the Faculty of Advocates” and is a former president of the Scottish Arts Club.

Jolyon Maugham QC

The Good Law Project is the brainchild of Jo Maugham QC, barrister and author of the popular blog waitingfortax.com.
Jo is a regular contributor in the national media. He has written for or appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Times, Wall Street Journal, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many others.

Jo became a Queen’s Counsel in 2015. He has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Quartz and others. In 2016, The Lawyer featured him as one of only 10 members at the Bar in their ‘Hot 100 2016’. He has advised the UK government on tax policy and is described by The Times as ‘one of the country’s leading barristers’.
Jo launched the crowd funded ‘People’s Challenge’ which raised over £300,000 to challenge the Government’s position that Article 50 could be triggered by Royal Prerogative. And he crowdfunded £70,000 to launch the Dublin Case to establish whether we can revoke our Article 50 notification.

Conference chair
David Lee

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

Plenary and workshop speakers

Consultant to Legal Services Board

Head of Legal Research and Development, Law Society of Singapore
Alvin's portfolio includes developing thought leadership on issues concerning the Singapore legal profession, including artificial intelligence, risk management, professional ethics and future-proofing.
Alvin graduated from the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, with Second Class (Upper Division) Honours, and holds two Master of Laws degrees from New York University and the National University of Singapore. Alvin has worked as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors.
Alvin was the General Editor of two guides on professional ethics published by the Law Society of Singapore for lawyers – Guide to Professional Conduct for Advocates and Solicitors (2011) and Professional Ethics Digest 2019. He also authored “Judicial Developments in Ethical Lawyering in Singapore” for the September 2013 issue of the Singapore Academy of Law Journal. He has written a number of articles on professional ethics for the Singapore Law Gazette and was the winner of the 2017 Law Gazette Awards for his February 2017 article “Ethical Limits of Making Imputations Against Complainants of Sexual Offences: Time for Reform?”.
Alvin has also written a book and contributed book chapters on professional ethics and regulation:

  • Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics in Singapore (Lexis-Nexis, 2016): co-author
  • “Ethical Duties in the Conduct of Civil Proceedings” in Civil Litigation in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016): author
  • “Singapore: Regulating Domestic and Foreign Lawyers – Singapore's Unified Approach” in International Perspectives on the Regulation of Lawyers and Legal Services (Hart Publishing, 2017): co-author

Legal Services Board

Board chair, SRA

Co-chair, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ Future of Lawyering Committee and attorney in Washington

Executive Director, Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador

Law Society of Northern Ireland

Partner, Anderson Strathern
Catriona sits on Anderson Strathern’s Executive Committee with responsibility for the marketing and business development function. Catriona was previously a journalist working in newspapers, radio and latterly at BBC Scotland Television News & Current Affairs. She has combined her legal work – she leads the team which won Litigation Team of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Legal Awards – with her communications background. She led Anderson Strathern’s multi-disciplinary rebranding project which saw the launch of three new websites, a brand awareness campaign and developed the firm’s marketing and business development strategy. She is described in the legal directory Chambers & Partners as “very knowledgeable and a great communicator.”

Chief Executive, The Bar of Ireland

Ciara became Chief Executive of the Bar of Ireland in November 2014. She has 20 years’ experience working in professional and regulatory bodies in the legal, property/construction and health sector in Ireland.  Her educational background is in business and economics and in more recent years completed postgraduate education in Organisational Behaviour and Regulatory Management.
In her current role, she supports the Council of the Bar of Ireland in defining its strategic priorities and goals and is accountable to the Council for delivering the expected annual performance results.  During her term of office with The Bar of Ireland she has led and implemented two organisational strategic plans that have resulted in major improvements in the services and benefits for members.

Law Society of Alberta

Chair, Regulatory Committee, Law Society of Scotland

Craig is a time-served academic who teaches a range of business and dispute resolution subjects at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He studied law at Glasgow and Edinburgh universities, before qualifying as a trading standards officer and working for several Scottish local authorities. He later gained a Masters degree in mediation and conflict resolution. He has taught a range of consumer protection, business and dispute resolution subjects at Glasgow Caledonian, Queen Margaret, and Strathclyde universities. Subject specialisms include mediation, negotiation, ADR, business law, marketing, management and leadership.

In recent years Craig has used his insights into consumer and regulatory matters to develop a widely sought expertise in the area of dispute resolution.  He is a consultant and trainer in complaint management and dispute resolution, with clients including the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales, and the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman.

For several years Craig was a professional examiner for the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. He is also a former director of Citizens Advice Edinburgh. An accredited mediator, Craig is a trustee of Scottish Mediation.

Conference National Barreaux CNB

Ellyn Rosen, Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
ELLYN S. ROSEN is the Regulation and Global Initiatives Counsel of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility.  She advises the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Regulation (previously Professional Discipline), whose mission is to assist the judiciary and the bar in the development, coordination, and strengthening of professional regulation throughout the United States, including the assessment of the ramifications of global legal regulatory and practice developments.   Ms. Rosen was Counsel to the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 (2009-2013), which reviewed and recommended changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in response to the challenges that globalization and advances in technology present to clients, lawyers, law firms, and the public.  She advises the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, which monitors the free trade agreement negotiations affecting legal services and provides input to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  She liaises with the Conference of Chief Justices, National Organization of Bar Counsel, National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  She speaks frequently at international, state and local bar programs regarding ethics, the regulation of the legal profession, and professionalism.   
Prior to joining the Center in 1996, Ms. Rosen was a senior litigation counsel with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois.  She serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, is a member of the International Bar Association BIC Regulation Committee, and was a member of the International Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee (2009-2010).  She co-chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Professional Responsibility Committee (1997-1999), and served as an investigator and interviewer for the Illinois Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Evaluations (2000-2013).  The Alliance evaluates and rates candidates seeking judgeships in Illinois via appointment or election.  Ms. Rosen is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 1989, Ms. Rosen received her J.D. with honors from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

Executive Director & Deputy CEO, Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Head of Brussels Office, The German Federal Bar

Partner, Kinglsley Napley LLP and Chair of Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

President, Lexum

Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan

Executive Director Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

President, The Netherlands Bar

Partner, DLA Piper

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

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 Subcommittee. He is the former convener of both the Nominations committee and the Finance Committee and is the former Treasurer. 

 

Good Law Project

The Good Law Project is the brainchild of Jo Maugham QC, barrister and author of the popular blog waitingfortax.com.
Jo is a regular contributor in the national media. He has written for or appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Times, Wall Street Journal, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and many others.

Jo became a Queen’s Counsel in 2015. He has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Quartz and others. In 2016, The Lawyer featured him as one of only 10 members at the Bar in their ‘Hot 100 2016’. He has advised the UK government on tax policy and is described by The Times as ‘one of the country’s leading barristers’.
Jo launched the crowd funded ‘People’s Challenge’ which raised over £300,000 to challenge the Government’s position that Article 50 could be triggered by Royal Prerogative. And he crowdfunded £70,000 to launch the Dublin Case to establish whether we can revoke our Article 50 notification.

Utah Supreme Court

Legal Services Board & Commissioner, Victoria

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.

Council of Legal Education/ Kenya Law Society

Chief Executive Officer; New Zealand Law Society

Attorneys Fidelity Fund, South Africa

Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
Neil was appointed as Chief Executive in 2015. His previous background combines significant experience of regulation and complaints, and of the Scottish legal services market.  Neil currently sits on the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority, involved in both the governance of the organisation and in adjudication on complaints within the £20 billion UK advertising industry; he is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee, and Remuneration Committee.  He is also Vice-chair and a trustee of Changing the Chemistry, a peer network supporting diversity of thought on UK boards.
In 2009 he was appointed by the Privy Council to sit on the General Dental Council, the regulatory and complaints body for 104,000 dental professionals in the UK and he served two terms on the Board (demitting in September 2017) as well as chairing the Remuneration Committee.  Between 2004 and 2015 Neil worked with the Law Society of Scotland, latterly as their Director of Representation and Professional Support.  He has previously held a number of other Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in organisations spanning the legal sector, healthcare, consultancy, and oil and gas.  He holds a Law degree from Edinburgh University, and a Masters in Quality Management from Birmingham University.

Manager Policy & Regulation, The Netherlands Bar

Secretary General, Federation of European Bars

Chief Executive, SRA

Law Society of Alberta

Chairman, Burness Paull

Peter is well-known for advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions and providing valuable commercial guidance to boards and business owners.
Listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and ranked band 1 in Chambers Legal Directory, he is considered a "rockstar" of the Scottish corporate market (Chambers 2019). Peter is praised for bringing a great balance of calmness, enthusiasm, commerciality and commitment to transactions.
As chairman of Burness Paull, Peter’s focus is on ensuring our clients receive outstanding service and our inclusive culture enables our people to succed.

Executive Director of Regulation, Law Society of Scotland

Philip joined the Society in 1990 having previously been a solicitor in private practice in Edinburgh. Initially he worked in the Complaints Department and took charge of that department in 1991. In September 2006 he took over as the Director of Regulation, which covers the teams dealing with complaints, financial compliance/Guarantee Fund, interventions, Regulatory Committee and related policy matters, and the Civil Legal Quality Assurance regime. Philip is also heavily involved in work relating to the implementation of the Legal Services Act around the creation of licensed providers. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Philip worked in the civil service for four years.

Professor of Law, University of Strathclyde

Leading Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation

Director, Legal Projects, International Bar Association

Sara is an employed barrister with over 20 years’ experience in the criminal justice and public policy sector. She started her career as a self-employed barrister at the criminal bar, then moved into the civil service as a prosecutor of serious organised crime for Revenue and Customs. She spent the next 19 years working for government, most recently as Director of Strategic Policy at the Crown Prosecution Service, with a focus on the cross-government strategy on child abuse and managing the organisation’s role into the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Gosport and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Sara previously headed the legal teams on two independent inquiries (The Baha Mousa Inquiry and the Detainee Inquiry) and spent several years as a legal and policy advisor to the Senior Presiding Judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

She has sat in a judicial capacity on the Council of the Inns of Court Disciplinary Tribunal since 2013 and has recently been appointed as a reviewer for the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

Director of Professional Conduct, Bar Standards Board

Director Programmes and Partnerships, CanLII

Manager, OPBAS, Financial Crime Advisory and Transformation

Chief Executive, CLC

Executive Director, The German Federal Bar

Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Secretariat of the Order and Legal Affairs, Barreau de Quebec

Campaigner and formerly Weinstein Company

Workshop moderators

Administrative Director, Center for Public Interest Law, University of San Diego School of Law

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 General, Bar Standards Board

Legal Services Commissioner and CEO, Victorian Legal Services Board

Director of Financial Compliance, law Society of Scotland

Director of External Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia

Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Illinois

Director of Legal Services, Ministry of Law, Singapore

Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland

Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Supreme Court of State of Delaware

Director, Professional Responsibility, Nova Scotia Barristers Society