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AMA’s Four Seasons Seminar 9th Feb, Glasgow

Thursday 9th February, 5pm to 7pm (registration from 4:40pm)

Royal Faculty of Procurators, Glasgow


Arnot Manderson Advocates are delighted to announce the next instalment in their series of quarterly seminars – The Four Seasons.   This “Winter” edition of the series is dedicated to talks on FAI’s, Hearsay Evidence and Civil Damages for Rape.


The Stable enjoys an enviable reputation in both criminal and civil cases and particularly in cases which cross between the two arenas.  Delegates will hear from three of the Scottish Bar’s most experienced and respected counsel with talks designed by the Stable to provide useful, practical guidance and expert insights into new developments in the law and legal practice.  The event will be chaired by Arnot Manderson Advocates Practice Manager, Andrew Sutherland and will qualify for 1.5 hours of CPD.  The event is free but places are limited.


The high level of interest in previous Four Seasons editions has seen the events booked out quickly.  We again anticipate high demand so to ensure your attendance you are required to book a place on our AM Events Booking system which can be found here:




4:40pm to 5:00pm – Coffee and Registration.


5:00pm to 5:10pmAndrew Sutherland  -  Welcome and Introduction.


5:10pm to 5:40pmManus Blessing, Advocate  – “Conduct of Fatal Accident Inquiries”  Manus has significant experience of inquiries, most notably appeared at the Inquiry into the fire at the Rosepark Nursing Home – one of Scotland’s longest running Fatal Accident Inquiries.  In this talk Manus will discuss the practical considerations involved in the conduct of FAI’s.


5:40pm to 6:10pmDavid Nicolson, Advocate  -  “Al Khawaja and other hearsay developments”  European jurisprudence continues to influence both our criminal and civil courts. The case of Al Khawaja has impacted upon our law of hearsay and the approach taken both in criminal trials and civil proofs.  Recently in the case of JS and CS against the Children’s Reporter the case of Al Khawaja and the issue of hearsay evidence was dealt with by the Inner House of the Court of Session.  David’s talk will touch on some important recent developments influencing how our courts deal with hearsay evidence and the influence of Al Khawaja.


6:10pm to 6:40pmLaura Thomson, Advocate  -  “Civil Damages for Rape”   Laura was recently instructed as junior counsel for the defender in an action for damages arising out of an allegation of rape, where the pursuer was said to be incapable of consent as a result of intoxication.  She will discuss the evidential challenges the case presented.


6:40pm to 6:45pmAndrew Sutherland, Practice Manager – A message from the AM clerking team.


6:45pm to 7:00pm – Question and Answer Session.


7:00pm – Retire to the pub!