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WS/STEP Private Client Conference

Thursday 8 October 2015
Signet Library, Edinburgh
9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Richard Frimston, Head of Private Client,
Russell-Cooke, London will deliver the keynote session at this year’s WS Society and STEP Scotland joint conference. Richard, a renowned expert in the field of international tax and a highly regarded figure in the private client legal market, will speak about the impact of the EU Succession Regulation for practitioners in the UK. The conference is designed for private client solicitors, trust and executry practitioners and other professional advisers. The conference programme offers a comprehensive update on the legal and practical aspects of lifetime tax planning and post death matters.


• John McArthur WS (Conference Chairman) (Partner, Gillespie Macandrew)
• Richard Frimsto (Head of Private Client, Russell-Cooke, London)
• Alix Francis (Partner, Turcan Connell)
• George Martineau (Financial Planner, Turcan Connell Asset Management)
• Charles Garland (Project Manager, Scottish Law Commission)
• Alan Barr (Partner, Brodies)
• Carole Hope WS (Partner, Murray Beith Murray)


• The EU Succession Regulation and cross border issues
• Pension changes and the impact on advising Scottish private clients
• Law reform – an update on the Succession (Scotland) Bill and Trusts (Scotland) Bill
• Scottish Tax round up
• Problem executries – a practitioner's guide

Delegate rates:
WS/STEP member: £ 115 + VAT
Non-member: £ 130 + VAT
Trainee/STEP student: £ 70 + VAT

CPD/TCPD: 3 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

Book now.

For more information please contact Anna Bennett WS

WS Employment Law Conference 2015

Thursday 24 September 2015
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Signet Library, Edinburgh

The annual WS Employment Law Conference returns on 24 September 2015 and, as ever, will provide a comprehensive update on the main issues of the day in employment law. Leading legal experts will present on the most recent legislative and case law developments at the time of the conference and the morning will conclude with an interactive panel discussion on the issues likely to have the most critical impact on employee relations in the next ten years. The conference is a key event for all employment lawyers and HR professionals

• Innes Clark WS (Conference Chair), Partner and Head of Employment, Morton Fraser LLP
• Caspar Glyn QC, Cloisters
• Michael Howlin QC, Terra Firma Chambers
• Stephen Miller, Partner, Simpson & Marwick
• Shona Simon, President, Employment Tribunals (Scotland)
• Peter Hunter, Legal Officer, Unison

• An Employment Law Round-Up: What’s new and what to expect
• Whistleblowing
• Top 3 Cases of 2015
• TUPE update
• Panel Session: Employment Law - The Next 10 Years

Bookings can be made here

For more information please contact Nicole Hatch WS

Delegate rates:
WS member: £ 115 + VAT
Non-member: £ 130 + VAT
Trainee/student: £ 70 + VAT

CPD/TCPD: 3.5 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

In conversation with Professor Peter Butt

Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Signet Library, Edinburgh
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
CPD: 1.5 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

Professor Peter Butt will be in conversation with Philip Rodney WS, Chairman, Burness Paull on the subject of “Plain legal language: what we have learnt and where to next?”

Peter Butt is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney. He holds the degrees of BA, LLB, LLM and LLD. He is admitted as a lawyer in Australia, and is an honorary member of the Inner Temple (UK). Peter has written a book on legal drafting (Modern Legal Drafting) and edited a book on the same subject (Piesse’s Elements of Drafting). He is a co-editor of the Australian Legal Dictionary and the Concise Australian Legal Dictionary. He was the foundation director of the Centre for Plain Legal Language at the University of Sydney. Peter has lectured on plain language and legal drafting to lawyers in many countries, including Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, United States of America, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Each year he teaches a Master of Laws course in legal writing at the University of Cambridge.

Philip Rodney WS is chairman of the Burness Paull. He is a commercial litigator with more than 30 years' experience. His areas of specialisation are reputation management and product liability, where he acts for a number of global as well as national clients.

There will be drinks in Colonnades at the Signet Library as part of the event.

Delegate rate £40 plus VAT. Book now.

For more information please contact Anna Bennett WS

ALA/WS Conference on Agricultural Law

Friday 5 June 2015
9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Signet Library, Edinburgh

The longstanding Agricultural Law Association and WS Society Joint Conference on Agricultural Law returns for its eighteenth year on 5 June 2015.

The conference will be chaired by Jon Robertson, Turcan Connell. The full programme can be viewed here.

The popular conference is open to both members and non-members of the ALA and WS Society. All materials and lunch are included. Please click here to book now and avoid disappointment.

Delegate rate: £ 205 + VAT

For more information please contact Anna Bennett

CPD/TCPD: 5 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

WS Commercial Contracts Conference 2015

The impact of recent case law on commercial contracts

Thursday 5 March 2015
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Signet Library, Edinburgh

In collaboration with the Hastie Stable, the WS Society will host a morning conference on Commercial Contracts on 5 March 2015, chaired by Michael Howlin QC. The conference will delve into the impact of recent decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Session, in the context of advising parties to Scottish commercial contracts. The focus will be the practical consequences of the fast evolving body of case law. The course is designed for commercial litigators, corporate and commercial solicitors in private practice and in-house counsel.


Michael Howlin QC (Conference chair)
Gavin MacColl (Hastie Stable)
Alan McMillan (Head of Property Litigation, Burness Paull)
David McLean (Hastie Stable)


Interpretation of contracts – an analysis of Grove Investments Limited v Cape Building Products Ltd 2014
Damages for breach of contract in commercial actions
Drafting issues – common pitfalls including unfair contract terms and exclusions clauses
Repudiatory breach of contract - Sociιtι Gιnιrale v Geys and the Soccer Savings cases in the Court of Session.

Bookings can be made here.

For more information please contact Anna Bennett WS

Delegate rates:
WS member: £ 115 + VAT
Non-member: £ 130 + VAT
Trainee/student: £ 70 + VAT

All rates include lunch at the Signet Library.

CPD/TCPD: 3 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

WS Charities Conference 2015

In association with Investec Wealth and Investment

New Initiatives

Thursday 19 February 2015
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Signet Library, Edinburgh

Leading London lawyer, Anne-Marie Piper (Head of Charities, Farrer and Co), will deliver the keynote address at the popular WS Charities Conference which returns on 19 February 2015. The programme will focus on fresh initiatives in the Scottish charity sector, including partnership working, innovative governance, legal reform and change management. We welcome a range of leading advisors and charity professionals to deliver this essential legal and practice update.

Headline speakers include:

• Alastair Keatinge WS (Head of Charities, Lindsays)
• Anne-Marie Piper (Partner and Head of Charities, Farrer and Co)
• Fraser Kelly (Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland)
• Alisdair Hogg (Director, Investec)

Individual sessions will consider:

• Partnership working – shared resources and integrated systems
• Innovative governance
• Being an effective trustee
• An update on areas of legal reform
• The latest developments in Scottish social enterprise

Bookings can be made here.

For more information please contact Anna Bennett WS

Delegate rates:
WS member: £ 115 + VAT
Non-member: £ 130 + VAT
Trainee/student: £ 70 + VAT

All rates include lunch at the Signet Library.

CPD/TCPD: 3 hours (Law Society of Scotland)

WS CPD upcoming events

WS CPD events combine high quality technical learning with the opportunity to interact and network with others in your sector. The following programme of CPD events will take place in 2015.

CPD Course  Date  Price  CPD hours 
WS Commercial Contracts Conference  5 March 2015   
WS Corporate Conference  19 March 2015   
WS Energy Law Conference  23 April 2015   
WS Land Registration Conference  14 May 2015   
WS Personal Injury Conference  28 May 2015   
ALA/WS Agricultural Law Conference  5 June 2015   
WS IP Conference  TBC June 2015   
WS Commercial Litigation Conference  10 September 2015   
CLG/WS Crofting Law Conference  TBC September 2015   
WS Employment Law Conference  24 September 2015   
WS/STEP Private Client Conference  8 October 2015   
WS Property Law Conference  22 October 2015   

Every solicitor in Scotland must undertake a minimum of 15 hours of verifiable CPD per practice year. All WS Society training events qualify as verifiable CPD and TCPD. Discounted rates apply for WS members.

For more information on CPD events please contact:
Anna Bennett