Annual Scottish Conference 2022

Join us online for a day of topical presentations from expert speakers.

Join us for our Annual Conference for Scotland. Our Scottish committee has put together a fantastic programme covering a wide range of topical issues coming across your desk, so it's not to be missed. The conference will be held online, so it is easily accessible for all. 



9am Welcome from Richard Leslie, co-convenor, UKELA Scotland

Session 1 The Landscape post COP26 - 9.10am

  • Post-Brexit – an overview: Professor Colin Reid, Head of Environmental Law, University of Dundee and Patron of UKELA
  • Post COP26: Dr Thomas Muinzer, Senior Lecturer in Energy Transition Law, School of Law, University of Aberdeen
  • Biodiversity and COP15: Professor Des Thompson FRSE, Principal Adviser on Biodiversity and Science, NatureScot
  • Responding to the nature emergency: Bruce Wilson, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Scottish Wildlife Trust

10.30 am Break

Session 2 The Waste Industry and the Circular economy – in synergy?  10.40am

  •  A legal view: Laura Tainsh, Partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart
  • The Scottish Government’s view: Janet McVea, Head of Zero Waste Unit, Environmental Quality & Circular Economy Divisions, The Scottish Government
  • An industry view:  Ewan Menzies, Head of Business Development, Brewster Brothers
  • Enforcing Environmental law: Stuart Gale KC, Terra Firma Chambers

12pm Lunch break 

Session 3 Energy Transition - 12.30pm

  • The Regulator’s view: Carolyn Vannan, Manager Energy and Air Quality, SEPA
  • An update on hydrogen and energy storage: Nigel Holmes, CEO, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • Decarbonising Industry – the opportunities: Ronnie Quinn, Chief Executive, NECCUS
  • Aberdeen, a city region in transition: David Rodger, CEO, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group
  • Paul Wheelhouse, Net Zero Lead (Energy Transition), South of Scotland Enterprise 

Close 2.15pm

Generously supported by our sponsors, Terra Firma Chambers

Terra Firma Chambers is one of the leading sets of Advocates at the Scottish bar, offering specialist advice and representation in property, planning, commercial and administrative law.  Highly acclaimed for its expertise in Scottish planning and environment work, the stable is ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners UK and features a host of leading practitioners in these areas.

Our members represent the whole range of client interests from applicants and developers to planning authorities and third party objectors. They are regularly instructed in respect of major development proposals (including wind farms, and other energy sources) and a range of environmental issues including contaminated land, control of pollution and waste management.

Find out more on their website.


Members - £25
Non-members - £30
Discount (members only) - £10
Limited free tickets for students

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06/10/2022 09:00 - 15:00
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