Edinburgh Conference

Navigation online filmed talks followed by a live closing event 26 September 2022 at The Signet Library The format is recorded TV style talks in a programme accessible via the PNLAlive link sent when ticket(s) are purchased. Ask questions and make comments to . To buy a ticket first Login/Register using the button on the Home page or via the Tickets link below. Alternatively email
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Hosted by Karen Cornwell – TLT LLP Glasgow  – –

Main event sponsor:  Temple Legal Protection


Chairperson: Karen Cornwell TLT
Keynote Speaker: Lady Wolffe Commercial Judge - Court of Session
Sheriff Stuart Reid Glasgow Sheriff Court
Alex Quinn Law Accountant
Nicholas Davidson QC 4 New Square
Alan McMillan Burness Paull
Stephen O’Rourke QC Terra Firma Chambers
Andrew Foyle Shoosmiths
David Massaro Axiom Advocates

“Scots law – in this ever changing landscape you can stop to look at the view but need to keep moving”

Chairperson’s opening remarks
Keynote Speaker – Lady Wolffe – Commercial Judge – Court of Session “Professional Negligence Cases, Preparation and Presentation: a View from the Bench”
The Hon Lady Wolffe (Sarah P L Wolffe QC) was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice, Scotland’s Supreme Courts, in 2014. She is one of the Commercial Court judges, and the first woman in Scotland to hold that position. She was called to the Scottish Bar in 1994; appointed a standing junior to the Department of Trade and Industry in 1996, and took silk in 2008. Her principal areas in practice were in Commercial and Public law. She was one of the founding members of Axiom Advocates. While in practice, she was a contributor or Scottish editor to a number of editions of two legal textbooks, MacGillivray on Insurance Law and Mithani on Director’s Disqualification. She was one of the UK members on the Panel of Experts looking at the harmonisation of aspects of professional indemnity insurance. She was also, prior to her appointment, the Chancellor (or legal advisor) to several Bishops in the Scottish Episcopal Church. She was born in the United States and her first degree was from Dartmouth College (graduating Summa cum Laude), one of the Ivy League colleges. After post-graduate work at Balliol College at the University of Oxford, she took a graduate LLB from the University of Edinburgh. Her husband is the Lord Advocate. She has two sons (of whom she is inordinately proud).
Sheriff Stuart Reid – Commercial Sheriff, Glasgow Sheriff Court
Sheriff Reid was admitted as a solicitor in 1992. For almost 20 years, he worked as a commercial litigator with Maclay Murray & Spens in Glasgow. In that time, he conducted a wide range of commercial litigation, often with cross-border elements, in diverse areas such as insolvency, corporate, commercial property, partnership, banking, professional negligence and judicial review. He also enjoyed memorable diversions into the more esoteric realms of shipping and aviation litigation. In 2000, he qualified as a solicitor advocate, with extended rights of audience in the civil courts. He conducted various commercial litigations before the Outer House and, on appeal, before the Inner House of the Court of Session. He was fortunate to work in Maclays’ London office for a year where he observed commercial litigation from the English perspective. In 2012, he was appointed as a resident Sheriff in Glasgow. He is presently one of the three nominated commercial sheriffs at Glasgow.
Alex Quinn – Law Cost Accountant, Edinburgh
“Additional Fees/Success Fees ……would be mine !”
Alex has been involved in the Law accountancy profession for over 40 years initially developing the firm of Alex Quinn & Partners from 1971 until 2003. Between 2003 -2016 Alex was a Consultant Law Costs Accountant with Simpson & Marwick/ Clyde & Co dealing mainly with the development of Fees and Costs teams and the adjustment of Law Costs. Since then Alex has been involved in developing the firm of Quinn Andrews, Law Costs Accountants. Alex deals with the preparation of Accounts/The adjustment of Accounts and attending at taxations in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court. In addition, Alex has acted as an Expert witness in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court in regard to Solicitors fees and also the charges of Counsel. His evidence was described by the trial judge as “highly persuasive” in the case of Tods Murray v Arakin(2012) CSOH 26. During Alex’s time he has sat on Committees in relation to the development of Solicitors charges, not only in the Court of Session but also within the Sheriff Court, and in particular was a member of the Law Society’s Remuneration Committee for a period of some 10 years.
10:55-11:15 Coffee
Nicholas Davidson QC – 4 New Square, London – “Enough Interest?”
Nicholas is a commercial litigator and arbitrator who was a founding member, and in due course Chairman, of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. He has particular interests in the liability of lawyers, accountants and investment professionals, and professional indemnity insurance. He is described by Chambers and Partners (2019) as someone who “produces masterpieces. The work, the detail, the focus that goes into it – it is outstanding. It blows me away”. The Legal 500 describes him (2019) as “an exceptional Silk” and (2015) as “one of the leading trial lawyers of his generation with excellent client skills”.
11:50-12:25 Alan McMillan – Partner, Solicitor Advocate, Burness Paull LLP, Edinburgh “The Commercial Court for you, in practice: a view from the front row – and back in the office”
“Leader of the pack” (Chambers UK) Alan McMillan is a formidable commercial litigator. He also heads up the property litigation team. He represents clients from the whole spectrum of the property and commercial sectors. He also has wide experience of acting in contentious planning and other commercial disputes. He is known for having significant arbitration experience, including cross-border enforcement. Alan is a CEDRaccredited mediator and has co-authored the leading Scottish text on dilapidations as well as chairing the Property Litigation Association in Scotland. He is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers UK for real estate litigation in Scotland. He is a member of the Consultative Committee on Commercial Actions.
12:25–12:30 Q&A
12:30-13:30 Lunch
Stephen O’Rourke QC -Terra FirmaChambers, Advocate and Barrister (North and South) “The role of the expert in Professional Negligence”
Stephen O’Rourke QC specialises in commercial litigation, public and administrative law, property and corporate/regulatory crime. Ranked Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation in the latest edition of the Legal 500 (2019), Stephen O’Rourke is ‘Proactive and impressive in court’. Described as ‘Stalwart and fearless’ he is also ranked Tier 1 for Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government). Previous editions have noted that he is ‘recommended for public inquiries’, describing him as ‘a very thorough advocate’ with a ‘first-rate reputation in high value cases’. Year of Call – 2002/ Year of Silk – 2017 – Devil Masters -W. James Wolffe QC, Sheriff Gilchrist QC, Robert Milligan QC, Sheriff Shead.
Andrew Foyle – Partner, Solicitor Advocate, Shoosmiths, Edinburgh “Repeat Prescription: an examination of the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018”
Andrew is a Partner at Shoosmiths LLP, based in Edinburgh. His clients are primarily financial institutions for whom he acts in a range of litigation, including the pursuit of professional negligence actions. He also acts for a range of commercial clients and insolvency practitioners. He joined Shoosmiths as a partner in 2013 following more than a decade at Edinburgh firm Anderson Strathern LLP where he trained and latterly managed their banking litigation team. Prior to that Andrew was a researcher at the Scottish Law Commission where his projects included the Report on Poindings and Warrant Sales, and the Diligence project. Andrew is also a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in the Supreme Courts in Scotland and is a ranked lawyer in the Chambers & Partners Guide, where he is described as being “steady, sensible and pragmatic” as well as having “a breadth of knowledge on litigious matters… very approachable, dedicated to his client and provides very clear and concise legal advice”.
14:40-15:00 Afternoon Tea
David Massaro – Advocate, Axiom Advocates, Edinburgh
“Professional Negligence Update”
David’s areas of practice are commercial and public law.

David is recommended by Chambers UK for commercial dispute resolution in Scotland. He has a particular expertise in property and contract matters. He also regularly acts for clients in professional negligence actions, insolvency and corporate cases, and construction disputes.

David is a Standing Junior to the UK Government. He represents the UK Government in judicial review cases, including cases concerning human rights and EU law, and in civil and commercial matters. He also acts for local authorities and other public bodies.

David appears regularly in the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court. He has appeared in the UK Supreme Court, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the First Tier Tribunal and other specialist tribunals. He often represents clients in adjudications, arbitrations and mediations.

Prior to calling to the Bar, David practised as a senior solicitor for HBJ Gateley. He was the joint recipient of the Faculty’s Lord Reid Scholarship in 2013-14. He is a contributor to Court of Session Practice, and teaches property, trusts and succession law at the University of Edinburgh.

15:35-15:40 Chairperson’s closing remarks

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