Star names to look at law in fiction in JUSTICE Scotland event

27 Oct



FOUR renowned figures from the law and the arts will explore the portrayal of law in fiction in the next in a series of events by JUSTICE Scotland, proudly hosted by the Faculty.

The latest in the Beyond Law series, “Law and the Arts”, is to feature a panel of Val McDermid, the crime fiction author, Frances Barber, the actress who played Caroline Warwick, QC, in the BBC series Silk, Professor Sue Black, the forensic anthropologist, and Donald Findlay, QC, the leading criminal lawyer.

Up for discussion on Friday, 24 November, will be the theme of crime in fiction, and whether the arts get it right in the way the law is depicted.

The Beyond Law series opened with a discussion on the tensions between law and war, and featured General Sir Mike Jackson, Chief of the General Staff at the time of the Iraq war, and Lord (Menzies) Campbell of Pittenweem, QC, former leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Next, the civil liberties campaigner, Shami Chakrabarti, reflected on her career, in conversation with Derek Ogg, QC, and most recently, television’s Jon Snow and human rights champion Helena Kennedy, QC, examined law and the media.

Shelagh McCall, QC Chair of JUSTICE Scotland said: “We are delighted to present ‘Law and the Arts’, the next event in the thoroughly enjoyable Beyond Law series. Our panel members are at the top of their fields and bring knowledge, insight and hopefully a few good stories! We are very grateful to the Faculty of Advocates for its continued support of this series of engaging and challenging conversations about law and its place in our lives. It promises to be a memorable evening!" 

The event is free, and for full details and to book a place, go to