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After Brexit Deal or No Deal: Understanding what comes next


Michael Russell MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Scottish Government

Brought up in Troon in Ayrshire and educated at Edinburgh University, he has lived in Argyll for over 20 years.

Mr Russell was previously Minister for Environment from 2007 until 2009 and then served as Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution before moving to the role of Cabinet Secretary for Education which he held until 2014.

He is the Constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll & Bute.

He is the author of seven books including one novel, has one son and lives with his wife in rural Argyll.

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Lynda Towers

Director of Public Law, Morton Fraser

Lynda's specialisms include Government, Public & Administrative Law, Public Procurement and State Aid, Litigation, Planning & Environmental and Public Sector Partners.

Lynda is the Director of Public Law in the Public Law Team at Morton Fraser which she joined in 2016 from the Scottish Government and specialises in public and administrative law.

She previously held senior positions at the Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government) and the Scottish Parliament and advised the Parliament (from an independent legal perspective) up to, through and beyond the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

Lynda's background includes drafting, interpreting and advising on primary and secondary legislation at both Westminster and Holyrood, advising Government Ministers, the Presiding Officer and Committee Convenors.

She advised Parliament on data protection and minimum alcohol pricing matters and has litigation experience in the CJEU, the Supreme Court and the Court of Session on issues such as mental health, benefits legislation, fox hunting, planning and state aid.

Lynda's previous experience includes:

  • Scottish Public Law Group - issues arising out of Parliamentary legislation
  • Strathclyde University 2015 - 30 Years of Judicial Review
  • Law Society Conference on Independence
  • In House Lawyers Group - on various topics including the Parliament/Purdah/Common Good
  • The WS Society - PCC competency course
  • Developed the Edinburgh and Dundee Diploma classes on Public Law
  • Hosted international delegations to the Scottish Parliament and explaining its context and jurisdiction

Professor Drew Scott

Professor of European Union Studies, School of Law, Edinburgh University

Drew Scott is an economist by training, and has for many years researched and taught European economic integration. He has published widely in the area, most recently on subsidiarity, economic and monetary union and economic and social cohesion. He has acted as expert to various EC agencies, including the European Commission and the Statistical Office of the EU.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Drew Scott was Lecturer in Economics at Heriot-Watt University. His current research includes the impact of devolution on the UK's European policy-process, and problems of economic policy coordination in a devolved UK. From 1991-98 Drew was joint editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies.

Drew delivered his inaugural lecture on 13 April, 2004, on the topic "Regions and European Union Governance: Lessons from Scotland".

Drew Scott is Co-Director (with Professor Jo Shaw) of the Europa Institute.


Michael Moore

Senior Adviser, PwC United Kingdom

Michael Moore was Secretary of State for Scotland from 2010 to 2013, piloting the Scotland Act 2012 through Westminster and negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement, which created the framework for the 2014 Independence Referendum.

From 2013 to 2015 he was European Business Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. Prior to his 18 years as an MP, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the firm, then specialised in corporate finance and other advisory work. As well as his involvement in Scotland, Michael is a key member of PwC's Devo Delivery Network which is supporting and advising public and private sector organisations on the implementation of devolution across the UK.

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