Themis Member and the annual Edinburgh Schools MiniTrials

SCHOOLCHILDREN from eight local secondary schools took part in a successful MiniTrials event this weekend in Edinburgh.

 

The mock trial event is held annually to promote legal education at secondary school level. Participating schools this year included Balerno High School; Firrhill High School; James Gillespie’s High School; Portobello High School; Queensferry High School; The Royal High School; St Augustine’s RC High School and Tynecastle High School.

 

Around 100 S5 and S6 pupils were welcomed to the event, held at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court, by Lord Mulholland, chair of the MiniTrials Steering Group. Proceedings on the day were supported by legal volunteers from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, the Edinburgh Bar Association, GEOAmey, the COPFS and the Faculty of Advocates.

 

The Faculty of Advocates has been a sponsor and supporter of the MiniTrials for many years. Themis Member and Faculty MiniTrials Co-ordinator Michael Upton, Advocate, said: “The annual Edinburgh schools event was as popular as ever with the pupils; we’re hugely grateful to all of the advocates and solicitors who gave their time to make it happen.” Advocates Elaine Smith, Gerry Coll, David McNaughtan KC and David Taylor all played the role of sheriffs during the mock trials.

 

“It was once again a pleasure to organise the Edinburgh MiniTrial School event,” said Richard Hart, lead organiser of the Edinburgh event and a curricular leader of Social Subjects at Trinity Academy. “To have around 100 pupils from schools across the city giving up their time to prepare and participate in the event shows how worthwhile the event is. MiniTrials is an excellent introduction to criminal and civil justice but, more importantly, the skills that the pupils gain will stand them in good stead for their future careers. It was a real pleasure to watch so many young people stand up with confidence in the mock trials to ensure that they represented themselves and their schools well.”

“In addition to the annual, inter-schools event held at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, individual schools also hold internal mock trials, using guidance and materials available from the MiniTrials website,” said Mr Upton. “Any lawyer who’d like to volunteer for a couple of hours at future events can be sure to enjoy encountering the enthusiasm which the young people always bring to this initiative”.

 

More information on the MiniTrials can be found https://minitrials.org.uk

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. 

To register please complete the undernoted registration form.

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.