Launch of 2019 Tumblin Lassie events

Details have been confirmed for the first event in the Tumbling Lassie 2019 fundraising calendar, with a new charity partner lined up to benefit.

In its previous three years of raising awareness of modern slavery and people trafficking, the Tumbling Lassie Committee – six members of the Faculty of Advocates – has donated around £60,000 to help victims at home and overseas.

This year’s efforts begin on Sunday, 14 April, with a performance of The Tumbling Lassie, an operetta by author Alexander McCall Smith and his musical collaborator Tom Cunningham, in St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, George Street, Edinburgh, at 7:30pm. It is a double bill with Fergus of Galloway, another McCall Smith/Cunningham work.

Once again, International Justice Mission (IJM) will be the overseas charity supported by the Committee. However, the Scottish charity is to change from Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) to Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland (SOHTIS). The switch follows TARA’s becoming part of Glasgow City Council and its work being funded by the council and the Scottish Government.

“We are very excited to launch our 2019 fundraisers, kicking off with the operetta on 14 April. We’ll also be holding our fourth Tumbling Lassie Charity Ball, at Prestonfield House on 5th October,” said Maryam Labaki, Advocate, a member of the Committee.

“We are grateful to Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham for bringing the Tumbling Lassie to life, which has helped our appeal enormously. Funds raised this year will hopefully continue to raise awareness of the issue while helping those in direct need of assistance to escape exploitation.”

Alan McLean, QC, Chair of the Committee, added: “We are very glad to have had the chance to support TARA, and proud of what the funds we raised for TARA helped to achieve. Going forward, we are delighted to work with SOHTIS, alongside the excellent IJM.”

Some years ago, Mr McLean found reference to a court case from 1687 with a girl, called “the tumbling lassie”, as a central character. She had been “bought” from her mother and forced by a travelling showman to work as a performing gymnast until, physically worn out, she fled and was given refuge by a couple.

The showman went to court and demanded damages from the couple, but the judges in the Court of Session dismissed his claim, and the official report of the case, Reid v Scot of Harden and his Lady, stated: “But we have no slaves in Scotland, and mothers cannot sell their bairns.”

Ticket details for April’s event, and more information about the Tumbling Lassie appeal, are at

Tumbling Lassie


Steven Walker KC to speak at the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)

We are delighted to invite you to attend the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) “International ADR Week 2022” with the most excited topic that you are looking for “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic”. 

The webinar is entitled “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic” and will feature Steven Walker QC of Themis Advocates.

14th July 2022 at 10:00 – 18:00 (GMT+7 Thailand time)

Please register from this link here



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Commercial / Land & Property Seminar

Friday 21st April 2023

1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT

Themis are delighted to invite you to attend our Inaugural Glasgow Conference on Friday 21st April at the Hilton from 1pm-5pm.  Talks will be provided on Commercial and Land & Property.  The event is free to attend, however a donation to our charity of the year Andys Man Club would be appreciated.  You will be accredited 3 hours CPD and is open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals. 

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1:00 – Registration & Refreshments

1:30Andys Man Club (Charity of the Year)

1:45Michael Upton – If Personal Bar is Personal can it also be Real?

2:30Alan McLean KC – The Law of Prescription

3:15 – Refreshment Break

3:30Catherine MacColl – How bright a light at the end of the tunnel? How to consider director’s duties in the face of insolvency following the case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA.

4:15Julie McKinley – Case law update

5:00 – Conclusion

5:15 – Drinks and Canapes for which all attendees are invited.