April Diary 2016 -> MAJOR CONFERENCE: Education Law

The event is sponsored by Westwater Advocates in association with LSA

CPD5 hours
Date25 Apr 2016
Time10.00am to 4.15pm (Registration and Coffee 9.30am)
VenueOrange Box Gallery, 5th Floor, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
Cost£150.00 full price/£120.00 LSA members/£80.00 Trainee Solicitor & Concessionary cost places (LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED)
PEAT Outcomerelevant legal knowledge
The event is sponsored by Westwater Advocates in association with LSA

The Scottish Government has made education a key objective in an era of financial cuts. This conference majors on special needs and disability in education including a talk on the Government Review “Making sense: Education for Children and Young People with Dyslexia”. In addition talks will cover current education law problems for local authorities, the controversial issue of school closures and on placing requests and appeals. The day will end with a Case Law update.
ParticipantsThis seminar will be of interest to everyone concerned by education whether they be solicitors acting for local authorities or solicitors in private practice acting for children and/or their parents, teachers, managers of education services, or indeed anyone concerned by law and policy in this area. An understanding of the basic structure of the law will be assumed.
SpeakersThe speakers are:

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC, he has been in practice since 1982. He has a specialist practice acting for and advising local authorities, which include advising and acting in education matters. He has a particular interest in special needs education.

Adrian G Stalker, Advocate, Adrian was a solicitor in private practice between 1992 and 1999.  From 1999 to 2006, he was the principal solicitor for Shelter Scotland. Adrian also has a strong interest in other areas of civil litigation, in particular: property disputes, landlord and tenant, executries, professional negligence (including medical negligence), judicial review, education, adoption, debt recovery and consumer credit. He is regularly instructed in all of these areas.

Jean McFadden, Jean is a former Executive Member for Education at Glasgow City Council.  She is also the Convenor of LSA’s Board of Directors.

Cathy Magee has been the Chief Executive of Dyslexia Scotland since 2007, with extensive experience working to improve educational opportunities for people with dyslexia.

Fran Ranaldi is the Development Officer for Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice within the Inclusion and Equalities Team, Education Scotland. Fran has worked in industry prior to teaching Design Technology and has experience of working within Inclusion Services, focusing on accessibility, interrupted learning, dyslexia and literacy difficulties. She is a member of the National ‘Making Sense Working Group’ and the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit Working Group.

Laurence G Cunningham, Advocate.  Greg called to the Bar in 1998.  Since commencing practice, he has cultivated a particular interest in equalities law both at first instance and at appellate levels and has built up substantial experience of disability discrimination in the public and private sectors.

Anne Bennie, Advocate came to the bar after many years as a solicitor in private practice including 8 as a litigation solicitor with Levy & McRae, Glasgow. She has a wide ranging civil practice and has a developing an interest in Education law.  She is also a senior tutor at the University of Glasgow in civil litigation.

Scott McAlpine, Advocate has a busy and successful practice in all aspects of family law and is developing his interest in education law. He regularly acts for teachers before the professional disciplinary tribunal. He has a particular interest in cases with an international and cross border element, particularly international child relocation, child abduction, the enforcement of foreign orders including intra-UK orders and disputes over jurisdiction. As he holds a Diploma in Forensic Medical Science, Scott has particular interest in cases concerning medical evidence and psychological evidence relating to the interviewing and testimony of children. Scott is a Committee Member of the Advocates Family Law Association. He is also a Director and Trustee of Family Mediation Lothian. Having successfully completed the training and assessment Scott is also a member of the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland (FLAGs). As such he is able to accept instruction to act as arbitrator in relation to family or child law disputes. He is ideally placed to act for children and families before the Additional Support Needs Tribunal or in any additional support needs mediation.

Julianna Cartwright, Advocate came to the bar after 12 years as a solicitor specialising in family and child law. She is now regularly instructed in this field both by solicitors in private practice and a number of local authorities. She has a developing interest in education law as part of her wider family law practice.
Programme9.30-10.00      Registration & Coffee

10.00-10.15    Introduction by Chairman; Sir Crispin Agnew QC

10.15-10.45    Special Education Needs Appeals & the Courts;
                       Julianna Cartwright, Advocate

10.45-11.00    Tea/Coffee

11.00-11.30    Making Sense: Education for Children and Young People
                       with Dyslexia - Review; Fran Ranaldi, Scottish Government

11.30-11.45    Role of Dyslexia Scotland in education; Cathy Magee,
                       Chief Executive, Dyslexia Scotland

11.45-12.15    Current Education Law problems for Local Authorities;
                       Jean McFadden

12.15-1.00     Disability issues in Education; Laurence G Cunningham, Advocate

1.00-2.00       Lunch (provided)

2.00-2.30       Consultation & School closure issues; Anne Bennie, Advocate

2.30-3.00       Placing requests & appeals; Scott McAlpine, Advocate

3.00-3.15       Tea/Coffee

3.15-3.45       Case law update; Adrian G Stalker, Advocate

3.45-4.15       Q & A