Thursday, August 18th, 2022

FULLY BOOKED - Compass Chambers Annual Conference 2022

Thanks for such a fantastic response - we are now fully booked. 

We are delighted to advise that registration is now open for our Edinburgh Conference on Friday 18th November from 1pm until 5:15pm at the Balmoral Hotel. Under the Law Society of Scotland's Guidelines, delegates may claim 3 hours of CPD time.  The conference is open to all solicitors, in-house lawyers, trainees and paralegals. 

We will be using the Cvent Attendee Hub event app at the Conference this year.  The app aims to give delegates a more integrated and interactive experience.  On the app you will be able to view your personal schedule and see details of all the speakers and sessions.  You will be able to access handouts from the talks, make notes, leave feedback, as well as interacting on social media. 

The format of the Conference will be the same as previous years with a choice of 16 different talks available to choose from across 4 breakout sessions with talks from Compass members relating to our core areas of Reparation and Regulatory & Inquiries as well as more general, practical sessions. In addition, we once again have four talks from guest experts that we are delighted are able to join us. 

As with previous events, there will be an admission fee of £75 per delegate.  We believe this to be a reasonable charge that will not only help continue the improvements to the Conference in the years ahead, but will also ensure a healthy donation to our annual charity.  £25 from each admission fee will be donated to our nominated charity for this year - the Beatson Cancer Charity.


To reserve your place at the Conference please click here. Whilst there is a large choice of talks available, more popular sessions may sell out quickly so book your place now to avoid disappointment. The line-up for this year is – 

Breakout Session 1

Reparation – Taking the Pain out of Pain Disorder Cases – Amber Galbraith KC and Gavin Thornley

Regulatory & Inquiries – Regulatory / Health & Safety Update – David Adams

General / Practical - Lessons from Lockdown: Negotiating in a world which suddenly became more remote – Steve Laing

Expert – Trusts for Injury Payments – Protections, Disregards and Key Considerations - Pete Murrin


Breakout Session 2

Reparation – Vicarious Liability in Abuse Cases – Bruce Langlands

Regulatory & Inquiries – Public Inquiries: Their inquisitorial nature and the use of technology – Angela Grahame KC & Cameron Smith

General / Practical - Presenting, and responding to, a reclaiming motion – a one man show – Robert Milligan KC

Expert – Clinical psychology – what can it bring to a PI claim? – Dr Alison Harper & Dr Alison McCusker


Breakout Session 3

Reparation – Industrial Disease Round-up – Ian Mackay KC & Mark Nicholson

Regulatory & Inquiries – Public Inquiries: Representation of Core Participants, asking questions of witnesses and other evidential matters – Steve Love KC & Barney Ross

General / Practical – Stop the Clock: Prescription and Limitation – Malcolm McGregor & Elaine Smith

Expert – How to instruct an expert to get the best from them – Dr Niall Cameron


Breakout Session 4

Reparation - From the mountain to Meadows: where next for scope of duty arguments? – Astrid Smart KC & Yvonne Waugh

Regulatory & Inquiries - Fatal Accident Inquiries: in the air, on land and at sea – Barry Smith KC

General / Practical – Persuasive on Paper: Some Thoughts on Written Advocacy – Richard Pugh KC

Expert – Ogden 8: discussion and examples – Dr John Pollock & Richard Henderson


The Conference will conclude with a drinks reception from 5:15pm to which all attendees are invited. We are very much looking forward to seeing you in person once again. If you have any questions or need any more information about the Conference, contact Gavin Herd – 0131 260 5648 –  

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