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Paul Brown
Anderson Strathern
Paul Brown is a Partner at Anderson Strathern, specialising in employment law, discrimination and equality issues. He provides advice on contentious and non-contentious matters to both public and private sector clients - from the Scottish Government and local authorities to higher education institutions, PLCs and SMEs.

Paul advises both directors and employees on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including TUPE and general contractual elements. He also negotiates and consults with unions on behalf of clients and appears regularly in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Reflecting the depth of his experience and knowledge, Paul is accredited as Specialist in Employment Law by the Law Society of Scotland, where he is also a member of the Employment Law Sub-committee. Additionally, Paul sits on the Scottish Advisory Committee for the Employment Lawyers Association. As a result of holding these positions, he is frequently involved in government consultations on developments and proposals in employment law and he is also a qualified mediator.

Away from the office, Paul enjoys time with his family but he also likes to set himself some serious personal goals - such as reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Another adventure is already in the pipeline!

Lindsey Cartwright
Morton Fraser
Lindsey Cartwright has been an employment law practitioner for 20 years and is an accredited specialist in employment law. As a partner in Morton Fraser’s employment law team, she advises both employers and employees on a wide range of employment law issues, and regularly acts for clients in conducting Employment Tribunal and EAT hearings. Lindsey is Secretary of the Employment Law Group and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. She is also an Associate member of the CIPD.
Anne Dick
Family Law Specialist and Family Law Mediator
Anne Dick is a Partner and family law solicitor at Family Law Matters Scotland. Anne is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Family law and as a Family Law Mediator. After training in Collaborative Family Law in London, Anne became one of the original four founding members of the organisation for Collaborative practitioners in Scotland, Consensus, and is their Training Convenor. Anne is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a committee member of FLAGS, the Family Law Arbitration Group (Scotland). Anne has extensive experience of dealing with high value financial cases using either collaborative practice or, where that is not appropriate, in the Court of Session, working with experienced experts. Anne was founder Chairman of the Family Law Association in 1989 and was the first Convenor of CALM, the association of Accredited Family Mediators in Scotland. She has specialised in Family Law for over 30 years and is well known for her writing and training in both in Scotland and elsewhere.
Val Dougan
Professional Support Lawyer
CMS Cameron McKenna
Val is a Professional Support Lawyer and mediator in the CMS employment team. She has a particular interest in equality and diversity, and is a member of the law Society of Scotland’s Equality and Diversity Committee. She is a regular commentator on equality issues.
Alison Edmondson
SKO Family
Alison is a Director of SKO and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator. She also holds a postgraduate Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution; is trained as a Collaborative Lawyer and as a Family Law Arbitrator. Financial issues arising from separation are Alison’s primary focus. She has particular expertise in cases relating to business interests, pensions, taxation and inherited wealth. Her practice also includes family cases with novel issues such as disputed paternity legal rights (inheritance) claims, guardianship issues, complex child contact and residence, international child cases and the international protection of vulnerable adults.
Mr Ian Ferguson
Mitchells Robertson
Ian specialises in commercial and domestic conveyancing, banking and security work. Along with his client centred legal work he is an active member of the Council of Scottish Law Agents Society (SLAS) of which he was a former president. He is also a co-founder of the Glasgow Conveyancers Forum and is the present Secretary and Treasurer.

As a Director of the Legal Defence Union (LDU) Ian has been providing LDU advice since 1997 and has acted in a large variety of different complaint cases of service or conduct or both for LDU members and also for non members on a private basis. The Defence of complaints extends to appearing for solicitors before the Scottish Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and includes Complaints based on breach of:

1) the Law Society of Scotland Practice Rules 2011 including Standards of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and the Accounts Rules
2) CML Handbook for Scotland requirements,
3) Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and
4) Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
John Fotheringham
Shoosmiths LLP

John has been a solicitor for 40 years and is an accredited specialist in both Child Law and Family Law.  He is the vice-convenor of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society and General Editor of the Butterworth Scottish Family Law Service.

Ken Gerber
Anderson Strathern LLP
Ken Gerber is a partner at Anderson Strathern and is accredited as a specialist by The Law Society of Scotland in commercial leasing. He has written the textbook Commerciul Leases in Scotland: A Practitioner’s Guide, which is now in its third edition, and he led the update writing of the landlord and tenant section of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, as well as contributing various documents to Greens Practice Styles. Ken speaks regularly on various aspects of leases and development of commercial property for various CPD organisers.
Tony Hadden
Brodies LLP

Tony qualified in 1999 and joined Brodies in 2003 becoming a partner in 2007. Since May 2015 he has been head of the employment department. He focuses principally on financial services and the manufacturing / construction sector where he acts as a general employment law adviser to a number of businesses. He also has significant experience in supporting transactional teams with the people aspects of corporate change, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to outsourcing and insolvencies. He still finds time to appear in employment tribunals where he can. In February 2015 he was re-accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law.  He is regularly asked to speak at conferences and in 2015 he spoke at CLT’s Scots law conference as well as delivering a presentation in German on UK employment law at the annual meeting of the German Employment Lawyers Association held in Edinburgh.

Stephen Harrower
Chartered Financial Planner

Stephen Harrower is an Associate Director of Financial Planning with Tilney. He has over 27 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is one of only 2,000 UK Financial Planners to be Chartered. Chartered Financial Planners have qualified to the highest level of technical excellence. Stephen deals with a wide range of personal and corporate clients and provides a holistic and tailored personal service with a view to developing long lasting client relationships. Stephen’s areas of expertise cover tax-efficient investment solutions, pensions, retirement, estate and tax planning. Stephen has a particular interest in supporting individuals going through the process of separation as is registered as a Financial Specialist with Consensus Scotland.

Prior to joining Tilney, Stephen worked for two local Chartered Accountancy Firms over a seven year period and spent 10 years at Clydesdale Bank.

Tilney is an investment and financial planning firm that provides a truly personal service to private clients, companies, charities and trusts. We work with individuals from across the wealth spectrum at all stages of life and are proud to be a strategic partner of the Law Society of Scotland. In July 2016, Tilney acquired the financial planning and wealth management business Towry.

Jamie Hill
Head of Business Development
Altis Legal
Jaime has worked with solicitor estate agents in Scotland for over 8 years with various roles at ESPC and now heads up Altis, the new e-conveyancing platform which has been development in partnership with the Law Society of Scotland. Jaime has spent the last 18 months working closely with Solicitors in Scotland to create an online platform which meets the needs of conveyancers, helping to both increase efficiencies and mitigate risks.
Derek Hogg
Harper Macleod LLP
Derek Hogg is a partner in Harper Macleod and is head of the firm's Public Sector and Housing team. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial property work, acting for developers, investors and occupiers. He specialises in advising housing associations, other public bodies and private landlords and developers who have an involvement in residential property, including advising on all forms of residential tenancies - both private sector assured and short assured tenancies as well as Scottish secure tenancies. He is the current editor of the chapter of Green's Scottish Lawyers Factbook on residential tenancies, and is a past legal chairman of the Private Rented Housing Panel/Homeowner Housing Panel.
Amanda Jones
Maclay Murray & Spens
Amanda Jones is Head of the Employment & Pensions team. Amanda is accredited as a specialist in both Employment Law and Discrimination Law by the Law Society of Scotland. Her main areas of interest are all aspects of discrimination and industrial relations. She also has considerable experience in advising upon employment issues in the Education and Police sectors and a particular interest in sports law. She lectures widely on various matters and appears regularly in tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She is a member of the Law Society Equalities Law Reform Committee and Chair of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association. Amanda is a director of Hibernian Football Club, the Hibernian Community Foundation, Lothian Racing Syndicate and was previously Chair of Scottish Women's Aid.
Austin Lafferty
Austin Lafferty Limited

Austin Lafferty is a solicitor, broadcaster, journalist and artist, who has worked in general practice since 1981. As well as running his own multi-branch firm in and around Glasgow, Austin has been on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland since 2006 and has sat on various committees, convening the Nominations Committee and the Strategy Group, and been involved in lectures, seminars and other events for the profession. He was elected Vice-President of the Law Society in May 2011 and took over the presidency in May 2012, and is thus now a Past President of the Society. He remains on Council having been elected in 2013 for another 3-year term. Austin has also worked in a variety of media roles, having been a radio and television presenter on numerous programmes. At the BBC there is a saying “Austin Lafferty could talk under wet cement” - he’s not sure what this means, but chooses to take it as a compliment. Austin is a newspaper columnist on legal matters who has worked on the Herald, the Sun, the Sunday Post and the Times (both Glasgow Evening Times and the London Times). He works occasionally as a professional portrait artist in Glasgow. He has also written It's The Law! which is a handbook on Scots Law for citizens, published in 2004.

Denise Laverty
BTO Solicitors LLP
Denise is an accredited specialist in family law and is qualified as a solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales. Described as “very clear and focused” she is recognised as a leader in her field and is considered ‘one to watch’ by the latest Chambers and Partners’ guide to the legal profession. Denise is also a practising collaborative family lawyer, assisting couples in resolving all aspects of the breakdown of their marriage or relationship in a non-adversarial way. She has over 22 years of experience of acting for married parties and cohabitees in all aspects of divorce and separation including financial settlements, child disputes, child welfare issues and pre-nuptial agreements, both within Scotland and involving cross-border disputes. Denise has a specialism in dealing with armed forces pensions.
Deborah Lovell
Anderson Strathern LLP
Deborah is a partner in Anderson Strathern’s Commercial Real Estate department. She is recognised as a 'Leader in their field' by leading legal directory Chambers UK 2015 for Real Estate (Glasgow, Edinburgh & Surrounds).

Deborah has a particular interest and involvement in LBTT and SDLT issues and regularly speaks on these topics to other professionals and members of the property industry. Deborah is a member of the Law Society of Scotland Property Law Committee, the Scottish Property Federation Tax Group, the Scottish Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group and sits on the Law Society of Scotland Tax Committee sub-group on LBTT.

Deborah is Signet Accredited in Commercial Property by the WS Society and sits on the WS Society Signet Accreditation Committee for the Commercial Property module. She was awarded a Masters in Energy and Natural Resources Law by the University of Melbourne in 2015.
Jennifer Maciver
SKO Family Law Specialists

Jenny is an Associate with SKO and is accredited as a Specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Scotland. She is also a FLAGS Family Arbitrator, a trained collaborative lawyer and lecturer in family law at the University of Edinburgh. Jenny’s practice principally encompasses two diverse areas of interest and experience: firstly advising on financial issues arising from relationships, involving, amongst other matters, corporate, property, taxation, jurisdictional, pension, privacy and defamation aspects. The second area of law that interests Jenny, and in which she has a growing reputation is in novel and/or complex child law matters including surrogacy, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act matters, child support and relocation.

Ceit-Anna MacLeod
Arnot Manderson Advocates

Ceit-Anna is an advocate practising in family law and child law. She regularly appears in the Court of Session and in the sheriff courts across Scotland. Ceit-Anna has many years of experience in litigation arising from the breakdown of relationships including financial provision on divorce and financial claims on the breakdown of cohabitation. She is regularly instructed in disputes involving children including residence, contact and relocation cases. Ceit-Anna is experienced in dealing with applications under the Hague Convention and with applications for permanence orders and adoption.

Kirsty Malcolm
Westwater Advocates
Kirsty Malcolm practised as a solicitor in Glasgow, primarily in the field of civil litigation specialising in family law, for 17 years prior to calling to the Bar. Her caseload involved working on child related disputes, financial provision in high value divorce cases, pre-nuptial agreements and cross border issues relative to children, whether child abduction or relocation. She represented the pursuer in the case of Calleja v Calleja 1996 SC 479 and whilst appearing regularly in the sheriff court also worked in negotiating many high value financial settlements outwith the courts.
Ms Frances Rooney
Harper MacLeod
Frances is an Associate at Harper Macleod where she specialises in advising developers and public authorities in relation to their rural and agricultural properties. In addition, she is a member of the Property Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, a member of a Working Group on standardisation of conveyancing documentation, and a Property Law Diploma Tutor at Glasgow University. Frances also works closely with the Registers of Scotland, the Law Society of Scotland, Professor Robert Rennie and other key stakeholders in shaping law and practice following the overhaul of land and property law under the Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012. She regularly writes publications and provides training to solicitors and other professionals on property law and conveyancing, including in relation to title conditions, access rights, land reform and registration matters.
Frances Ross
Clyde & Co
Frances has a real interest in the new gender pay reporting proposals, having specialised in equal pay and discrimination since she qualified in 2005. She became a partner with Simpson & Marwick in 2013, and is now a partner with Clyde & Co following the merger with Simpson & Marwick in October 2015. She has advised 17 local authorities on their defence of thousands of equal pay claims arising from historical bonus payments and implementation of new job evaluation schemes. She has recently represented public and private sector employers in relation to claims of sex, age, race, disability and religion or belief discrimination and negotiated a large settlement for a senior HR professional with a “like work” equal pay claim.
Andreas Stein
Head of Unit
European Commission

Andreas Stein is Head of Unit responsible for equality legislation at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice. He is a German lawyer holding a doctoral degree (University of Hamburg) and a postgraduate degree in International Relations (Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna). After several years of practising as judge at a labour tribunal he joined the Commission in 2001 and has worked in the areas of private international law, contract law, gender equality law and competition law before taking his current position.

Ann Stewart
Property and Professional Development adviser and Senior Professional Support Lawyer
Shepherd and Wedderburn
Ann is a Property and Professional Development Adviser, and a senior professional support lawyer specialising in all aspects of commercial property. Coming from a background of over 20 years’ transactional experience, she provides a comprehensive support service to Scottish commercial property lawyers, which includes knowledge and resource development, in-house counsel, marketing and business enhancement, and development and delivery of training.

Ann's Knowledge Management role includes advising on, devising and implementing strategy for the management, development and delivery of knowledge and information in the firm and supporting learning and development. Ann is a founder member of the award-winning Property Standardisation Group, co-author of 'Conveyancing Practice in Scotland: 6th edition' and was awarded the Professional Development Certificate in Knowledge Management from the University of Edinburgh in 2012.