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Previous Events

Previous Commercial Law Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops

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27 Oct 2014: Presentation at Contract at Scots Law Conference
David Cabrelli, 'Latest Developments in the Law of Unfair Contract Terms' (handout)

7 Oct 2014: Company Law Update
David Cabrelli, CPD North: Company Law Update (handout)

5 March 2014: Book Launch
Laura Macgregor, The Law of Agency in Scotland
Find out more about The Law of Agency in Scotland in Publications News

15 Jan 2014: Seminar on 'Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries' with the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission
The subject of the seminar was the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on the Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries. This project follows from the Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making (Final Report, July 2012). The Law Commission was asked to investigate inter alia how fiduciary duties currently apply to investment intermediaries, to clarify how far those who invest on behalf of others may take account of factors such as social, environmental and ethical impact, and to evaluate whether fiduciary duties are conducive to investment strategies in the best interests of the ultimate beneficiaries.
David Cabrelli's presentation 'Observations on LC Consultation Paper No. 215'


25 Oct 2013: ECCL Annual Lecture
The Rt Hon Lord Mance, 'Ex turpi causa: When Latin Excludes Liability'


28 Sept 2012: EU Procurement Law Conference (in conjunction with Burness LLP).
The Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law and Burness welcomed approximately 60 delegates to the Playfair Library from a range of organisations in the public and private sectors. After intensive prior consultation with stakeholders, the conference focused on the theme of overcoming practical problems in the procurement field. Graeme Palmer (Burness) concentrated on contract award procedures and the evaluation of tender bids, whilst Pamela Brown, a Community Benefits and Social Enterprise Adviser, looked at the interesting issue of developing and implementing community benefits in practice. Nico Spiegel (European Commission) and Paul McNulty (Scottish Government) provided a unique insight into the thinking of the European Commission and Scottish Government on impending European and domestic legislation. Meanwhile, Dr Aris Georgopoulous (Nottingham), discussed procurement and collaborative relationships and Morag Wise (Advocate, Scottish Bar) furnished a review of recent Scottish case law on procurement law. The presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the speakers. Delegates were encouraged to produce questions which were then discussed and debated by the panel. The conference was a great success and furthered one of the principal objectives of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law: namely, to act as a forum where academic lawyers can interact with practising lawyers in the solicitor and advocate professions, as well as organisations in the public and private sectors.

26 Apr 2012: Edinburgh Symposium on Interpretation of Contract. (Eric Clive's report on the Symposium is available here.)

7 Feb 2012: Associate Prof. Moin Yahya (Alberta) on the approach taken by the courts in the US State of Delaware to the valuation of equity stocks in quoted companies, 'The Law and Economics of the Equity Risk Premium: the Delaware Approach'. (Poster)

2 Feb 2012: Prof. David Campbell (Leeds), 'The Pointlessness of the Performance Interest: Keep Open Covenants in Scotland'.


The final event of academic year 2010-2011 was a paper by Dr Severine Saintier (Sheffield), 'The fallacy of the French method of compensating commercial agents' (report)

28 Nov 2011: Hew Dundas (Chartered Arbitrator DiplCArb CEDR-Accredited Mediator), 'Beyond Known Space: ADR in the 4th Dimension'.

17 Nov 2011: International Commercial Arbitration: The Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law and Hogan Lovells. (Laura Macgregor's report on the event is available here.)

7 Oct 2011: Second annual EU Procurement Law conference  in conjunction with Burness LLP. Speakers at 'Signposts for the Future: The EU Procurement Landscape' included Nico Spiegel (European Commission), Prof. Emeritus Sir David Edward (Edinburgh), Dr Aris Georgopoulos (Nottingham), James McLean, Declan Magee, Carson McDowell and Graeme Palmer (Burness LLP). Around 75 delegates attended, drawn from local authorities, the NHS, construction and development companies, law firms and many other organisations.

18 May 2011: Prof. William Lovett (Tulane), 'Keynesian deficits, Sovereign debts and financial crisis politics'.

11 May 2011: The Centre hosted 'London shipping arbitration and the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators' Association)', Paul Bugden, Sol., FCIArb, Bugden & Co, Solicitors. 

18 Jan 2011: Book launch for the new edition of Woolman on Contract, written by Centre Associate Director, Dr Gillian Black. The event was introduced by Lord Reed.


1 Nov 2010: The Hon Lord Dervaird, 'A Way forward at last - The Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010'.

8 Oct 2010: EU Procurement Law Conference in conjunction with Burness LLP. Speakers at 'Navigating Procurement: Not Quite Plain Sailing Yet' included Akos Nagy (European Commission), Prof. Emeritus Sir David Edward (Edinburgh), Dr Aris Georgopoulos (Nottingham), Iain Mitchell QC, Declan Magee, Carson McDowell and Graeme Palmer (Burness LLP). Over 100 delegates attended, drawn from local authorities, the NHS, construction and development companies, law firms and many other organisations. The programme for the event is available and a report of the event is here.

2 Aug 2010: Prof. Irene-Marie Esser (University of South Africa), 'Directors' Duties: The new Companies Act and King III - A South African Perspective’ (event summary)

23 June 2010:Conference organised jointly with the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on 'The Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010: A New Beginning' (Programme; review)

2 June 2010: Workshop held jointly with the Scottish Law Commission: 'Insurance Contract Law: Damages for Late Payment and the Insurer's Duty of Good Faith'. The workshop was chaired by Lord Penrose. Speakers included David Hertzell (Law Commission), Prof. Hector MacQueen (Scottish Law Commission), Lex Dowie (Eversheds LLP) and Lindy Patterson QC (Dundas & Wilson LLP).


7 Dec 2009: Workshop on 'The Role of Consent in Contract Law: Principles and Practice' introduced by Lord Glennie, the Principal Commercial Judge in the Court of Session. Papers were delivered by Dr Gillian Black and Martin Richardson on formation of contract (skeleton of Black's paper), David Cabrelli and Sean Smith on interpretation of contracts (skeleton of Cabrelli's paper), Dr Peter Webster and Roisin Higgins on rectification of contracts, and Laura Macgregor and John MacGregor on agency and contract (skeleton of Macgregor's paper). Session summary by Dr Mark Godfrey (Glasgow).

24 Nov 2009: Steven Walker (Advocate), 'The Renaissance of Scottish International Arbitration' (full text)

29 Oct 2009: Maurya Kilroy (Assistant District Counsel, US Army Corps of Engineers) on 'Recovery from Hurricane Katrina: Perspective of a Government Attorney'

12 May 2009: The Rt Hon Lord Hoffmann (Lord of Appeal in Ordinary), 'The Achilleas: Custom and Practice or Foreseeability'. For more information on this event see here.

 12 Mar 2010: Annual Lecture, Lord Hope of Craighead (Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom), 'Taking the case to London: Maybe it's not all over after all' (event summary)

 1 Feb 2010: Joan Cradden (Brodies LLP), 'The furore over banker's bonuses and its influence on the development of remuneration policies and the employment contract'

 3 March 2009: Book Launch: 'The Unauthorised Agent: Perspectives from European and Comparative Law' edited by Danny Busch and Laura Macgregor, with addresses by Dr Busch, Ms Macgregor and Prof. Kenneth Reid. For more information on this event see comments from David Cabrelli and Prof. Eric Clive.

26 Mar 2009: Jonathan Barne (Advocate, Axiom Advocates) on 'Derivative Actions under the Companies Act 2006'. For more information on this event see here.


3 Dec 2008: Ms Donna McKenzie Skene (Aberdeen) on 'The balancing of accounts in bankruptcy'

12 Nov 2008: Prof. Iain MacNeil (Glasgow) on 'Private Equity'

Oct 2008: Launch for Business Law in Scotland (edited by Gillian Black) and Commercial Law in Scotland by Fraser Davidson and Laura Macgregor.

22 Apr 2008: Lindy Patterson (Partner, Dundas & Wilson CS LLP), 'Implied terms and exclusion and limitation clauses in practice'

 4 Mar 2008: Lord Bingham of Cornhill on 'Contractual Interpretation'

 7 Feb 2008: Chair: Lord Reed; Speaker: Mr Stephen Woolman, QC, Inaugural Seminar to Celebrate the Opening of The Centre for Commercial Law: 'Scots Commercial Law into the Future'

17 Jan 2008: Mr Tom Burns (Aberdeen), 'A review and re-appraisal of securitisation in light of the subprime loans crisis'


 4 Dec 2007: Dr Severine Saintier (Sheffield), 'Current Developments in Commercial Agency'

 8 Nov 2007: Mr David Cabrelli (Edinburgh), 'The Companies Act 2006'

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