Coming soon PNLA online Conference – Scots Law – “Currently out of reach – but our legal knowledge is never out of touch” – target launch date 12 March 2021

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Joint Chair: Karen Cornwell – Kennedys Law
Joint Chair: Tim Edward – MBM Commercial  LLP

Event sponsors – Temple Legal Protection and Hanscomb Intercontinental

Professional Negligence and Liability

– Scots Law – “Currently out of reach – but our legal knowledge is never out of touch”

This is another in the series of annual PNLA conferences in
Scotland which represents the most specialised forum for solicitors and
advocates to address topical issues in the realm of professional negligence
and liability in Scotland. The conference is suitable for all levels of
practitioner and this year has content relevant to clinical negligence and
public law as well as practical issues of funding and analysis of recent
case law north and south of the border.

Tim Edward MBM Commercial LLP
Karen Cornwell Kennedys Law LLP
Lord Ericht Judge of the Supreme Courts
Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC Axiom Advocates
Lady Haldane Arnot Manderson Advocates
Cat Maclean MBM Commercial
Christopher R Carroll Kennedys (USA)
Matthew Pascall Temple Legal Protection
Sean Gibbs Hanscomb Intercontinental
Rachael Bicknell Squaring Circles
Scott Manson Axiom Advocates
Rory Thomson CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang


PNLA Introduction
x mins Tim Edward – Partner – MBM Commercial – Joint Scotland Representative
Tim joined MBM Commercial as a Partner in January 2021. He has over three decades of experience in litigation and dispute resolution and is listed as a leading lawyer in both Chambers and Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation and Professional Negligence (Scotland).

He is an accredited specialist in professional negligence (Law Society of Scotland).

Tim is ranked as Band 2 in Chambers for Professional Negligence – Scotland and Band 3 for Litigation – Scotland and is described as “A consistently good and reliable lawyer.” He is listed in Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for both commercial litigation and professional negligence. Tim is an active Solicitor-Advocate with experience of presenting cases in the Court of Session.

Prior to joining MBM, Tim spent 30 years at Dentons (previously Maclay Murray & Spens) where he was a partner and a member of their Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, focusing on insolvency and company litigation. He is a currently a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Pursuer’s Advisory Panel pursuing negligence claims against solicitors. He served on the Law Society of Scotland’s Diploma Materials Committee in the 1990’s and ran the Maclay Murray & Spens PCC Elective on Civil Litigation from 2003 to 2012.

He carries out regular CPD training for the profession in the field of dispute resolution.

x mins Karen Cornwell – Kennedys Solicitors – Joint Scotland Representative
Karen is a Notary Public and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1999 and England and Wales in 2010.

Her background has exclusively been in litigation with a strong emphasis on all manners of commercial, property, banking litigation and professional negligence.

Karen is one of only ten solicitors to be Accredited as a Specialist in Professional Negligence Law by the Law Society of Scotland.

She is also an active member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (“FOIL”) and acts as a Scottish representatives of their Environmental Sector Focus Team and is an active member of the Professional Negligence Lawyer’s Association.

x mins Lord Ericht – Judge of the Supreme Courts
– “Group Proceedings in the Court of Session: a View from the Bench”
The Hon Lord Ericht was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016 and currently sits in the Commercial Court . He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and practised with Clifford Chance and Tods Murray WS before becoming an advocate in 1996.

After being appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 2009 he served as an advocate depute until 2013 then returned to independent practice in mainly commercial and public law. He held part-time appointments as president of the Scottish Tax Tribunals, visiting lecturer at the Université de Lorraine, France, editor of Session Cases (the official series of Scots law reports), chairman of the ICAS Appeal Tribunal, Senior Decision Maker for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.

In 2017 he was appointed as a judge of the UK Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) and a member of the Upper Tribunal for Scotland. In 2020 he was appointed to sit as a Chairman of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a trustee of the LawScot Foundation.

x mins Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC – Axiom Advocates
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Lord Davidson resumed practice in 2010 after 4 years as Advocate General, a UK Minister of the Crown. He frequently appears in Appellate courts. Recently he has appeared in the Inner House in an international business case and in a contested scheme of arrangement of an insurance company. He has acted as leading counsel in cases involving banking, information, EU law, judicial independence and human rights in over 20 cases before the Supreme Court, the House of Lords, the Privy Council and the European Court of Justice.

As Advocate General he was closely involved in the formation of UK and Scottish legislation, in representing the UK government in the higher courts and assessing issues arising out of such matters as the international financial crisis and the UK’s devolution settlement. He represented the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Lockerbie appeal.

His non-government practice is broadly in the commercial and public law spheres. He has been Solicitor General for Scotland, a founding Director of the City Disputes Panel (for the wholesale financial sector), a commissioner of the Scottish Council for International Arbitration and he is a member of the English Bar and the House of Lords. He has experience in dealing with difficult issues, including arbitration, in a number of overseas jurisdictions especially in China and has recently acted in an international construction mediation. More recently he led a case with Central Asian, Carribean and Latvian components to a successful conclusion.

Lord Davidson produced, for the UK government, “The Davidson Review of UK Implementation of EU Regulation” in 2006 and co-wrote the first Scottish textbook on Judicial Review. He is an Opposition spokesman on Law and Treasury matters in the House of Lords.

x mins Lady Haldane – Judge of the Supreme Courts
Since calling to the Bar, Shona’s practice has focussed exclusively on civil work. Within that broad category, her practice has centred primarily on cases arising out of alleged professional negligence, commercial disputes and complex personal injury cases. These have ranged from cases involving wrongful birth to cases heard in the House of Lords concerning the Warsaw Convention on the carriage of passengers by air.

Shona has a considerable public law practice arising from her time as a standing junior to the Home Office, when she was also instructed to represent other UK government departments. She also holds an appointment as an ad hoc advocate depute to the Crown Office.

Shona has conducted cases in the Sheriff Court, the Outer and Inner Houses of the Court of Session and in various tribunals as well as in the House of Lords.

Cat Maclean – Head of Dispute Resolution – MBM Commercial
– “Professional Negligence aspects of Banking Litigation”
Cat is the only solicitor to have won the prestigious title of “Solicitor of the Year” twice

Prior to joining MBM in 2008, she spent several years in a large litigation practice in Edinburgh, before becoming an Advocate at the Scottish Bar in 1998.

She spent 10 years in busy practice as an advocate before joining MBM, and having undertaken cases in the Sheriff Court, the Court of Session and the Appeal Court, she has been able to apply her extensive litigation and courtroom experience to the work she now undertakes for her clients. She sits on the Lord President’s Consultative Committee on Commercial Actions, chaired by Lord Doherty, and has also been appointed to the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Conduct Committee, which sits every month. Additionally, she is also a Writer to the Signet (WS) and has been appointed to the Council of the WS Society. With effect from 1 May 2020 she has been appointed to the Law Society’s Pursuer’s Panel, a Panel of 8 solicitors with expertise in dealing with professional negligence claims against other solicitors, who advise the public on claims for negligence.

Her clients include individuals, technology companies, property developers and entrepreneurs. She specialises in both financial claims, against banks and other financial institutions, and in professional negligence.

In addition to her work in financial claims, Cat is a qualified mediator, and mediates regularly for her clients. She also has an established expertise in professional negligence claims, advising clients with claims against a range of former professional advisers including solicitors, surveyors, financial advisors and financial institutions, and in May 2020 was appointed to the Law Society’s Pursuer’s Panel, a Panel of 8 solicitors with expertise in dealing with professional negligence claims against other solicitors, who advise the public on claims for negligence.

x mins Christopher R Carroll – Partner – Kennedys (USA)
Chris is a Partner in the New York and Basking Ridge offices and is a member of Kennedys’ Global Strategy Board. He has extensive experience in handling and resolving— through litigation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms — insurance coverage disputes, including those involving environmental, toxic tort, asbestos, construction, advertising liability, products, cyber, technology, property, automobile, and employment issues.

Chris has represented clients in insurance coverage disputes in virtually every state in the United States, on both the state and federal level, as well as in Bermuda, Canada, Puerto Rico, and throughout Europe. He also is experienced in resolution of reinsurance disputes and the drafting of reinsurance contracts. Chris often provides counsel to corporate clients on general business matters, contract negotiation, environmental litigation and compliance, and all types of commercial disputes.

Chris is a frequent lecturer on a myriad of insurance and litigation topics, including mediation and negotiation, bad faith, construction defect, toxic tort, hazardous waste and advertising liability. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Insurance Law & Litigation Week, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC) and on the Advisory Board for The Center for the Study of Insurance Regulation at St. John’s University in New York. Chris also is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s College in New York.

x mins  Matthew Pascall – Barrister – Temple Legal Protection

“A beginner’s guide to ATE for professional negligence cases in Scotland.”

Matthew Pascall is the Commercial Senior Underwriting Manager at Temple Legal Protection. He joined the company in November 2017 after more than 30 years in practice at the Bar. He heads Temple’s commercial team and has been at the centre of Temple’s initiative to develop ATE for Scotland. Having practiced in professional negligence (whilst trying to do so without having been professionally negligent) Matthew brings a wealth of practical experience to the underwriting of professional negligence litigation..

x mins  Rachael Bicknell – Founder  – Squaring Circles

– “Mediation”

Rachael is an experienced negotiator, solicitor and mediator. She founded Squaring Circles, a specialist dispute resolution business based in Edinburgh, and winner of the National Mediation Awards Newcomer of the Year Award 2020, in October 2019. Prior to that she practised as a dispute resolution solicitor for 12 years in two of the UK’s most successful premium law firms, representing negotiating parties in mediations and solicitor to solicitor negotiations of civil and commercial disputes ranging in value from tens of thousands to multimillion pound claims.

After qualifying as an accredited mediator in May 2015, Rachael accepted assistant mediator appointments. She completed further negotiation training at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and qualified as a CEDR Accredited Negotiator. She has been a practising mediator since January 2020, is registered as a civil and commercial mediator with Scottish Mediation and the Civil Mediation Council and is on the mediation panels for the Scottish Land Commission for the tenant farming sector and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association. Rachael is also a Level 3 Accredited Mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

Rachael combines her specialist training in advanced negotiation and mediation to provide “in person” and online mediation and negotiation consultancy services. She teaches negotiation skills on the LLM in Dispute Resolution at the University of Aberdeen. She is also an accredited specialist in Professional Negligence Law by the Law Society of Scotland.

x mins  Scott Manson –  Axiom Advocates

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Scott is a “highly sought after junior” (Chambers UK Bar 2020) with a busy and wide-ranging practice focusing on a range of commercial disputes including commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance and construction project litigation. He has also developed a growing practice in shipping, maritime and admiralty litigation; and also contentious trusts and executories.

He is ranked in both Chambers UK Bar and the Legal 500 where instructing solicitors commend him for: having a “common sense, practical” and “commercial” approach; being “very good on strategy”; and being “excellent on his feet and very persuassive” in court. Scott is also listed as a “Future Leader” in respect of construction litigation in Who’s Who Legal.

He is regularly instructed by most of the leading litigation firms in Scotland in complex high value cases before the Commercial Court on a range of issues and appears there regularly but also before the Sheriff Court, Sheriff Appeal Court and Inner House. He also advises and appears in Arbitrations and Adjudications.

Scott is a tutor in civil litigation at the University of Glasgow and a member of the Faculty of Advocates’ public communications, assessment and reparation sub-committees. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law.

x mins  Rory Thomson – CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

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Rory is a senior associate in the Insurance & Reinsurance Group.  Rory advises on a wide range of commercial and financial disputes, with extensive experience acting for professionals, financial institutions and their insurers in the defence of complex and high-value professional negligence claims, and particular expertise representing solicitors.

He has represented clients in the UK Supreme Court and courts in Scotland and England. Rory is qualified in Scotland and in England and Wales.

  • A solicitor and their professional indemnity insurers in a successful appeal to the UK Supreme Court, in one of the most significant solicitor’s negligence cases in recent years.
  • A firm of solicitors and their professional indemnity insurers in the successful defence of a complex and high-value claim involving allegations of dishonest assistance and negligence.
  • An insolvency practitioner in the successful defence of a multi-million pound claim involving allegations of negligence.
  • A major UK company in the successful defence of a high-value contractual claim and subsequent expert determination.
  • A secondment to the claims service of one of the London Market’s largest insurers and three secondments to the dispute resolution teams of two of the UK’s largest financial firms.

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