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Thursday May 4, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Mackenzie Building
Old Assembly Close

Four Seasons Seminar, Spring Edition. SOLD OUT

AM Four Seasons Spring Seminar – SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST ONLY

Thursday 5th May, 5-7pm (registration from 4:40pm)

The Mackenzie Building

Old Assembly Close

Edinburgh, EH1 1QX

Arnot Manderson Advocates are delighted to announce the next instalment in their series of quarterly seminars – The Four Seasons. This “Spring” edition of the series is dedicated to the highly topical subjects of the new Discount Rate, Funding of Civil Litigation and Periodic Payment Orders.

The Seminars will qualify for 1.5 hours of CPD. These events are free but places are limited.


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

5:00pm to 5:05pm – Shona Haldane QC – Welcome and Introduction

5:05pm to 5:40pm – Jonathan Brodie QC – “The new Discount Rate in Personal Injury claims” – Jonathan examines the implications for practitioners, insurers and other stakeholders to what has been described as a seismic shift in the personal injury discount rate.

5:40pm to 6:10pm – Neil Mackenzie, Advocate – “Mind the Gap: Funding Civil Litigation”. While prosaic, funding is an essential aspect of litigation. There are a number of options now legal aid is less available or indeed unavailable. These come at a cost, in various senses of the word. Neil will explore the funding landscape and its pitfalls, dilemmas and opportunities.

6:10pm to 6:45pm – Gordon Balfour- “Introducing Some Structure: Periodic Payment Orders”. The assessment of future losses is often complicated by issues such as the pursuer’s life expectancy and the applicable discount rate. One way of addressing these difficulties is to enter into a structured settlement. Gordon will consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of such an approach, and offer practical advice about the use of this relatively uncommon form of settlement.

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

7:00pm onwards- Brief wine reception