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Better The Devil You Know Seminars 2022

Better the Devil You Know CPD Seminar Series 2022

In Person at the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, High Street Edinburgh and simultaneously on Zoom


Arnot Manderson Advocates are looking forward to welcoming five new Devils, Megan Davidson, Jonathan Deans, Sarah Loosemore, Thomas Mulhall and Gareth Reid to the Stable upon their calling to the Bar at the end of June.  To mark their transition from “Devil” to “Advocate” Arnot Manderson Advocates are pleased to dust off our snappiest ever CPD event title and invite you to: “Better the Devil You Know”.  We are particularly pleased to present our first hybrid events this year.  Those who are able can join us in person and enjoy a glass of wine afterwards whilst those who need to or prefer to can join from the comfort of their home or office.

Besides giving you an introduction to the freshest legal talent to reach the Bar you will be treated to a range of informative and topical CPD talks updating you on a variety of practice areas which will exemplify the full service nature of Arnot Manderson.  The series will feature two seminars each starting at 4pm and will end with a Q&A Session and a brief wine reception for those joining us at the venue.

Each seminar is accredited by the Faculty of Advocates (and by extension by the Law Society) for one hour of – free – CPD and each will feature a question and answer session.  These events are free but places are limited and early booking is recommended.  If you wish to attend by Zoom please use the booking links provided below.  If you’d like to join us in person simply email the AM Clerking team at indicating which event you’d like to attend.  We do hope you can join us.  The programme for these Seminars is as follows:


 15th June, 4pm – Megan Davidson, Sarah Loosemore and Thomas Mulhall

 3:30pm – Registration and Teas or Coffee

4:00pm – Welcome and Introduction

4:05pm – Megan Davidson – Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

Megan will explore the operation of the Act both in itself and how it interacts into contact and residence disputes. There will be a particular focus on non harassment orders and recent case law regarding the imposition of conditions restricting contact between offenders and children.  This should be of particular interest to Family and Criminal Practitioners.

4:40pm – Sarah Loosemore – Expert Evidence: the judicial role post- Kennedy v Cordia.

Sarah will explore the extent to which the Scottish courts have taken up the Supreme Court’s invitation in Kennedy v Cordia to play a more robust gate-keeping role with respect to the admissibility of expert evidence. Both civil and criminal cases will be considered.

5:15pm – Thomas Mulhall – Judicial Interest in historic and long running actions

In this talk Tom will discuss the increasing focus on judicial interest in cases of a long running or historic nature, where the level of interest awarded is far in excess of the principles of restitution. The discussion in this area starts from the decision of JM v Fife Council and has developed to today’s date. With a practical focus on the preparatory steps that can be taken both by defenders and pursuers, this talk is recommended for practitioners in the fields of commercial and personal injury litigation.

5:40pm – Q&A Session and Closing Remarks

5:55pm – Wine!

Zoom Registration link here



21st June, 4pm – Jonathan Deans and Gareth Reid


3:30pm – Registration and Teas or Coffee

4:00pm – Welcome and Introduction

4:05pm – Jonathan Deans Ex turpi causa & Downie v NHS Fife Health Board

Jonathan will discuss the evolution of the ‘illegality defence’ and recent decisions highlighting the importance of a proportionality assessment, before turning to discuss an ongoing case involving the allegedly negligent discharge of a patient from psychiatric care.

4:40pm – Gareth ReidDouble Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 a Decade On

In this talk Gareth will examine what the law is on Double Jeopardy, consider the cases which have come before the courts and turn to how the law might be applied going forward based on the past decisions and what practitioners will need to consider and what they might expect.

5:15pm – Q&A Session and Closing Remarks

5:30pm – Wine!

Zoom Registration link here