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The Scottish Planning Local Government & Environmental Law Bar Group Summer Seminar


Chaired by Ampersand’s Marcus McKay QC, the Seminar will feature talks by James Welch and Pol MacDonald of OPEN on masterplanning of communities in the 21st Century and Susan Denyer of ICOMOS-UK on world heritage. Graham Dunlop, Advocate, will provide an update on recent case law.

Space is limited.

RSVP: planninggroup@advocates.org.uk



Women in the Law UK Scottish Event – Wellbeing in the Law and Workplace

Ampersand’s Susanne Tanner QC is co-hosting the Women in the Law UK Scottish conversation on Wellbeing in Work/Life.

The distinguished and experienced panel of speakers will consider:

• work/life harmony
• flexible working
• finding some time for active rest and taking stock
• flexing the rules at work
• top tips for stress management
• meditation
• bringing your health goals to work
• the benefits of therapeutic counselling
• looking after others
• tips for wellbeing and mental health at work
• and more…

After the speakers contributions there will be an opportunity for Q&A, open conversation and meeting the speakers and other guests over a drinks’ reception.

Women, men, advocates, solicitors, academic, students and supporters all welcome.

Attendance at the event is free for members and students; £10 for non-members, with voluntary charitable donations to Lawcare/SAMH. Guests must pre-register online here.


Ampersand Advocates Summer Clinical Negligence Seminar 2019

Our annual Clinical Negligence seminar for 2019 took place on 17th June 2019.

Chaired by Vinit Khurana QC, the programme was:

As part of our commitment to this area of practice there was no charge to attend this event.


Society of Advocates in Aberdeen Lunchtime seminar: Quantum In Serious Injury Cases

Society of Advocates in Aberdeen event

Ampersand advocates Lisa Henderson QC and Louise Milligan, Advocate on Quantum In Serious Injury Cases.

This session will cover some of the issues that arise in assessing quantum in serious injury cases – such as life expectancy, the Ogden Tables, care and case management costs etc.

See Society of Advocates in Aberdeen’s website for details here.


Faculty of Advocates Debate: Rape complainers should be represented in court

Faculty of Advocates in association with Rape Crisis Scotland

The Faculty and Rape Crisis Scotland are hosting a debate at 6pm on Wednesday, 28 November.

The motion will be “this house believes that prosecution in the public interest cannot deliver justice to rape complainers unless they have independent representation”. The debate will be hosted by the Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of Faculty. Ampersand’s Simon di Rollo QC and Professor Peter Duff, Aberdeen University Law School will speak in favour of the motion; Murdo Macleod QC and Clare Connelly, Advocate, will speak against the motion. The event will attract 1 hour of substantive law CPD.

Tickets are free and can be booked via Eventbrite here.


FOA & Royal College of Physicians event – Doctors, Lawyers and Wolves: Till death do us part

Faculty of Advocates and Royal College of Physicians event

The Faculty of Advocates is teaming up again with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in a second medico-legal debate, examining assisted suicide.

In the first collaboration earlier this year, the spotlight fell on the implications and lessons of the Bawa-Garba case, in which a doctor was convicted of the manslaughter of a six-year-old boy by gross negligence and given a two-year suspended jail sentence.

The next event in the Doctors, Lawyers and Wolves series will see Ampersand’s David Stephenson QC, a specialist in medical law, joining a panel of medical experts to discuss, “Till Death Do Us Part”. Issues to be raised include legal aspects of end-of-life care and whether the law needs to be changed to permit physician assisted suicide.

Mr Stephenson said: “Assisted suicide is an issue that will not go away, despite failed attempts to legislate in both Scotland and England. The position in Scotland is unsatisfactory in light of the Inner House decision in Ross v Lord Advocate 2016 SC 502. The case suggests assistance will not in some circumstances be criminal in Scotland. If so, then the limits of legality and the regulation of practice in the interests of affected individuals and the wider public is a matter of acute concern.”

The event is on Wednesday, 12 September, from 6pm at the RCPE’s Great Hall in Queen Street, Edinburgh

See the Royal College of Physician’s website for full details and how to book here.