SPLG Annual Update Conference, 11 June 2012

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The SPLG’s Annual Update Conference on public law will take place on Monday 11th June at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh.

Our annual conference aims to update practitioners, advocates and academics on relevant and emerging topics in public and constitutional law in Scotland, the UK and the EU. The conference is supported by Axiom Advocates, Arnot Manderson Advocates, the Murray Stable and Biggart Baillie LLP.

Date: 11 June 2012
Time: 9 am – 5 pm – followed by a wine reception
Venue: Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh

To reserve a place, book on-line.

Confirmed speakers and chairs include the Lord President of the Court of Session, The Rt Hon The Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (Advocate General for Scotland), Sheriff Principal Taylor, Roseanna Cunningham (Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs), James Mure QC (Axiom Advocates), Simon Collins QC (Judge of the First Tier Tribunal), Professor Christine Bell(University of Edinburgh), Professor Robin Churchill (University of Dundee), Dr Robert Lane (University of Edinburgh), Lorna Jack (Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland), Judith Morrison (Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament), Sam Grodzinski QC (Matrix Chambers) and Dr Elaine Webster(University of Strathclyde).

The conference will be divided into four sections:

  • An update on Public Law in Scotland
  • Developments in England, Luxembourg and Strasbourg
  • Scotland’s constitutional future: the EU and international law dimensions

An insight into the future of the Scottish political landscape.

We are delighted to welcome the Lord President of the Court of Session who, hot on the heels of his retirement the previous week, will chair the preliminary session. It also brings us great pleasure to announce that Lord Wallace, the Advocate General for Scotland, will address the conference as part of the afternoon session, a timely appearance so shortly after the Scotland Act 2012received royal assent on 1 May 2012. We are also delighted to welcome Sheriff Principal Taylor, who is in the process of completing the Taylor Review looking at the costs and funding of litigation in Scotland, to speak during the afternoon’s proceedings.

This day-long event should not be missed by those working in public law in Scotland, or with an interest in Scotland’s continuing constitutional development, particularly given the recent discussions on a referendum for independence and the new political and legal framework under the Scotland Act2012. Whether through public law decisions in the courts, legislative developments, or political action, the law in Scotland is changing. The fantastic line-up of experts assembled by the SPLG to speak at the annual conference will facilitate crucial discussions on a number of these emerging areas in order to ensure attendees are fully informed and prepared for the years ahead.

The preliminary session will cover updates on public law in Scotland delivered by James Mure QC (Axiom Advocates), Simon Collins QC (First Tier Tribunal Judge) and Judith Morrison (Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament). James Mure QC has a wealth of expertise in public law having acted for the Scottish Government in cases challenging legislation of the Scottish Parliament in both Imperial Tobacco and Axa Insurance. Before being appointed as a Judge, Simon Collins QC acted in many of the leading Scottish human rights cases such as Napier and Cadder. Judith Morrison is the chief legal adviser to the Subordinate Legislation Committee at the Scottish Parliament.

This will be followed by a session on developments in England, Luxembourg and Strasbourg with speakers Sam Grodzinski QC (Matrix Chambers), David Guild(Advocate Référendaire at the CJEU) and Dr Elaine Webster (University of Strathclyde). Sam Grodzinski QC acted for the UK Government in a case before the supreme court on whether the Upper Tribunal’s decisions are amenable to judicial review (Cart) – he has also acted in both the ECtHR and the CJEU. Dr Elaine Webster teaches Public Law at the University of Strathclyde and specialises in the application of Article 3 of the ECHR. David Guild is currently a judicial assistant at the CJEU and brings a unique insight into the inner workings of the EU institutions. This session will be chaired by Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland.

In addition, we will be welcoming Christine Bell (Professor of Constitutional Law, Edinburgh University), Robin Churchill (Professor of International Law)and Dr Robert Lane (University of Edinburgh) who will lead a discussion on Scotland’s potential role as an international actor in a post-independence scenario, looking at international obligations and international engagement with institutions such as the EU, the Council of Europe, the United Nations and NATO. Professor Bell is a leading international expert in Transitional Justice in respect of newly emerging states and Professor Churchill has previously advised a number of foreign governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament on issues of international law. Doctor Robert Lane’s principal areas of interest and leading expertise include the constitutional and administrative arrangements of the EU.

Further announcements will be made as more high-profile names are confirmed. Places are filling fast, so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Book on-line.

Tickets are priced at £75 (£25 concessions).  A group rate of 6 places for the price of 5 is also available.

We still have various sponsorship opportunities available.  Sponsorship Terms

If you have any enquiries please contact emily.gilmour@shepwedd.co.uk or jennifer.jack@biggartbaillie.co.uk.

We are please to have Axiom Advocates as our main sponsor, with co-sponsorship from Arnot Manderson Advocates, Murray Stable, and Biggart Baillie sponsoring the drinks reception.