Annual Scottish Conference 2023

Join us online for a day of topical presentations including Post-Brexit – the current landscape; Marine protection and ESG.  Timing:  9am to 1pm





Our Scottish committee is putting 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.  


9.00am Join the Webinar

9.10am   Welcome Chair – Richard Leslie, Co-convenor of UKELA Scotland

Session 1 Theme – General Update Session
Chair - Richard Leslie

  • 9.15am    Post-Brexit – the current landscape: Professor Colin Reid, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Law
  • 9.30am   Update from Environmental Standards Scotland: Mark Roberts, CEO, Environmental Standards Scotland
  • 9.45am   Update from SEPA: Lin Bunten, Acting Chief Officer for Compliance, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • 10.00am  Q&A

10.15am Break

Session 2 Theme – Marine Protection – what next?
Chair - Joanna Waddell

  • 10.25am   Welcome back and introduce session 2
  • 10.30am    Update from the Scottish Government: Finlay Bennet, Marine Conservation Policy Lead, Scottish Government
  • 10.45am    Marine Conservation Society’s View: Calum Duncan, Marine Conservation Society
  • 11.00am    A Campaigner’s View: Phil Taylor, Open Seas
  • 11.15am     An Industry View from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation: Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fisherman’s Federation
  • 11.30am    Q&A

11.45am   Break

Session 3  Theme – ESG – a lawyer’s guide  

  • 12.00pm    Welcome back and introduce session 3
  • 12.05pm Regulator or litigator – using civil claims to complement enforcement - John MacKenzie, Partner, Shepherd & Wedderburn
  • 12.20pm An Industry View:  Anne Johnstone, Head of ESG, Vital Energi
  • 12.35pm Q&A

12.50pm     Closing remarks Chair

1pm Close of Conference



  • Members £25
  • Non members £35
  • Students £5

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05/10/2023 09:00 - 13:00
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