Friday, November 17th, 2023

FULLY BOOKED - Compass Chambers Annual Conference 2023

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

We are delighted to advise that registration is now open for our Annual Conference on Friday 17th 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 once again be using the Cvent AttendeeHub 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 similar to previous years with a choice of 14 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 £100 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. £35 from each admission fee will be donated to our nominated charity for this year - Revive MS.


To reserve your place at the Conference please click here. Whilst there are 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

Update on Fatal Claims - Robert Milligan KC & Gordon Balfour

Public Inquiries: An Update - Murdo Macleod KC & Emma Toner

Brave Heart: Class Actions in Scotland - Clare Connelly & Adam Black

Questions that can never be solved? (B v Nugent Care Society) - The challenges for the skilled witness in claims relating to historical reports of abuse in childhood - Professor Craig White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Breakout Session 2

Common complexities of motor and liability insurance, and some practical tips for managing them - James Hastie & Richard Templeton

Health & Safety Crime: Caselaw Update - Peter Gray KC

Problems and pitfalls of litigation, and how to (try to) avoid them - Steve Laing & Gavin Thornley

A Comparison of Coroner's Inquests and Fatal Accident Inquiries - Professor Fiona Wilcox, his Majesty's Senior Coroner for Inner West London


Breakout Session 3

Update on Fatal Claims - Robert Milligan KC & Gordon Balfour

Health & Safety Prosecutions and FAIs from the Crown Counsel perspective - Gavin Anderson KC

Law of Consent and Reasonable treatment options post McCulloch - Yvonne Waugh & Robin Cleland

Reflections and connections, from occupational therapist to expert and beyond - Helen Buri, Clinical Director, Novo Therapy & Care Ltd


Breakout Session 4

Problems and Pitfalls of Litigation, and how to (try to) avoid them - Steve Laing & Gavin Thornley

Health & Safety Sentencing Update - Barry Smith KC

The Graveyard Shift - Practical Issues that arise when a party to an action dies - Mark Nicholson

Medicolegal focus on the Trauma Surgeon and Surgery - Angus Maclean, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


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, please don't hesitate to contact:

Gavin Herd - 0131 260 5648 -
Leona Crosby - 0131 260 5610 -

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