The Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association and European Young Bar Association are delighted to partner for this year’s Spring Conference. Due to take place in Glasgow last year the conference was postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The associations have taken the view that for member safety the conference will move online this year. It will now take place on 14 May 2021 between 12pm and 4pm UK time via Zoom Webinar.

Delegates will hear from a variety of speakers on all aspects of “Brexit”.

The keynote speaker is Judge Ian Forrester, the UK’s last judge in the General Court of the EU. Judge Forrester was truly an international lawyer being a member of the bars of Scotland, England and Wales, New York and Brussels. He has also been an Honorary Professor of European Law at Glasgow University and has conducted cases before the three European Community Courts and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He serves as a judge in the General Court from 2015 – 2020.


PROGRAMME (timings are based on UK time)

12:00 – Welcome address – Ayla Iridag, President, Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association and Board Member, European Young Bar Association

12:10 – Brief Address – Joyce Herrent, President, European Young Bar Association

12:15 – Keynote Address – Judge Ian Forrester QC LLD

12:45 – Paul Reid, Advocate, Ampersand Advocates – ‘Litigating Brexit’

13:15 – Leigh Lawrie, Advocate, Black Chambers –  International Criminal Law – An area unaffected by Brexit?

13:45 – Break

14:00 – Professor Katy Hayward, Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast – The Northern Ireland Protocol

14:30 – Gurjit Pall, Solicitor, Thorntons Law – Brexit and Immigration

15:00 – Chris Nicholson, Head of Constitutional Reform and External Affairs – Scottish Government Legal Directorate – Brexit: What just happened and what happens next? A Scottish Perspective

15:30 – Julian Ghosh QC, Topic TBC

15:55 – Closing remarks

16:00 – 17:00 EYBA General Meeting   Please note that your presence is important to collect the participant quota for the validity of this General Meeting.


TICKETS for SYLA and EYBA member cost only £5 with tickets for non-members being £10. They can be purchased via Eventbrite.

We look forward to seeing you online !