Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Public Inquiries Seminar - POSTPONED

It is with disappointment that, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and an inability to predict how matters may progress over the coming days and weeks, we have decided to postpone our Public Inquiries Seminar scheduled to take place on Thursday 12th March 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh. 

We were informed that some attendees had been advised by their organisation not to attend with a view to assisting with the containment of the virus.  Investigations suggest that other firms and organisations are continuing to consider their position and may, in due course, take steps towards advising in favour of home-working and against attending public events or utilising public transport.  We are acutely aware of the growing number of events, seminars and conferences across the UK that are currently being cancelled as a precautionary measure and in anticipation of an inevitable move from containment to delay phase. 

We are sorry that we have felt it necessary to take this decision and regret any inconvenience that may result.  We hope that you will accept that our decision was made after much discussion and careful consideration, and is in keeping with the current advice emanating from Chief Medical Officers and other health advisers north and south of the border. 

Rest assured that we will be looking to re-arrange the Seminar at the very earliest opportunity and we will be in touch in that regard once the picture has become clearer.


We would like to invite you to attend our Public Inquiries Seminar which will be taking place on Thursday 12th March from 4pm – 6:30pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh.
We are delighted to have Sir Anthony Campbell and Norma Shippin joining members of Compass to bring you a series of talks on experiences in Public Inquiries as well as the practicalities of being involved and representing a client in an Inquiry. Attendance at the Seminar is free of charge, although we would welcome any donations to our charity for 2020 – the Beatson Cancer Charity. Attendance qualifies for 2 hours of CPD.
The running order for the event is as follows –
4pm to 4:30pm – Registration, Tea and Coffee
4:30pm to 4:45pm – Keynote Speech from Sir Anthony Campbell – The Role of the Chair
4:45pm to 5:45pm – Talks by Emma Toner, Steve Love QC, Amber Galbraith and Peter Gray QC -
Key Differences between Fatal Accident Inquiries and Public Inquiries
Funding and Recovery of Documentation
Preparation for Public Inquiry Hearings
Representation of Core Participants
5:45pm to 6:25pm – Panel Session

Angela Grahame QC will chair a session where Sir Anthony Campbell, Norma Shippin, Andrew Smith QC and Murdo Macleod QC will tell of their experiences in Public Inquiries as well as answering questions from the audience.
6:25 to 6:30pm – Closing remarks
The event will conclude with a drinks reception which we would be delighted if you are able to join us for.
To book your place, please email or call on 0131 260 5648.

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