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
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

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

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.”

Member, Legal Services Review Panel and Past President, Law Society of Scotland

Before the merger of McGrigors with Pinsent Masons, Christine was the Risk & Knowledge Management Partner and a member of the Board of McGrigors.
She then became General Counsel for Pinsent Masons and headed up the Risk, Compliance and In-House Legal Services Group. In May 2013, she retired as a partner in Pinsent Masons to explore consultancy and non-executive opportunities.
Christine has an extensive record of involvement with the Law Society of Scotland. She joined Council in 2005 and has served on the Society's Board since its inception in 2009. Prior to that, she was a member of the Strategy and Governance Group, as well as being the Convenor of the Education & Training Committee since 2007. In that role, Christine was responsible for delivering the new route to qualification, working with the Education & Training Policy Team.

Chair, Regulatory Committee, Law Society of Scotland

Past President, Law Society of Scotland

Legal Services Commissioner and CEO, Victorian Legal Services Board

Director of Professional Practice, Law Society of Scotland

Director of Financial Compliance, Law Society of Scotland

Executive Director Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Director of Legal Services, Ministry of Law, Singapore

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.

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.

Utah Supreme Court

Executive Director of Education, Training & Qualifications, Law Society of Scotland

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.

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.

Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Supreme Court of State of Delaware

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 Programmes and Partnerships, CanLII

Workshop moderators

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

Director General, Bar Standards Board