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AIJA HALF-YEAR NOVEMBER CONFERENCE - ESG PART 1
Environment, Climate and Sustainability: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

This coming year AIJA is going to be focusing on issues pertaining to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance - or “ESG” - goals.  To this end, both of next year’s Half-Year Conferences, in Edinburgh and The Hague, will discuss ESG themes.  Edinburgh will be concentrating on the various environmental and sustainability aspects of ESG, whilst The Hague Organising Committee is including Social and Governance themes in its May ’23 Half-Year Conference, in addition to two other unrelated tracks.

The Organising Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh, Scotland's beating heart and capital city!

Edinburgh is steeped in history and culture, is the home of Scotland's unique legal system, and is a world influencer in science, business, education, medicine and the arts. It is also the UK's largest financial hub outside London – at the same time as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the host of the largest annual arts festival in the world. The city is compact and easy to navigate around and yet large enough to satisfy all your needs and interests. Edinburgh has been voted the UK's Top City at the Guardian Travel Awards for 13 consecutive years.  Edinburgh usually sees more than six million visitors a year and we are excited about adding to that number with the AIJA Half-Year Conference. 

Scotland is the right place to kick off discussions of ESG, because last year COP26 was hosted in Scotland.  That event truly brought the challenges we face, and the real need to accelerate action on climate change, into sharp focus.  One year on from COP26, the AIJA Half-Year Conference in Edinburgh will involve all of our various Commissions focusing on how Environmental issues affect them, looking closely at the impact on both businesses and law firms.

We will be running a single academic programme, across two tracks, which will consider a variety of topics including:

  • Energy Security & a Net Zero World (opportunities, challenges and risks arising from energy security including a focus on off-shore wind),
  • Green-washing - the benefits and risks of published sustainability goals and representations,
  • Financing renewable energy projects: exploring project finance, green bonds and green loan principles,
  • The rise of climate litigation,
  • A Values-Driven Business Model: How to Build (and Grow) an "Impact Law" Practice.

Besides a great academic programme, you will be piped into Edinburgh Castle, enjoy a dramatic dinner in the beautiful Signet Library, take a turn with us at a Scottish Ceilidh dance, sample a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky, and explore some of the most beautiful and historical sights of Edinburgh. 

Sponsorship

We offer several sponsorship possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or discuss a customised package to best suit your business needs. Be a part of AIJA's 2022 Half-Year November Conference in Edinburgh today. Click here to know more about the sponsorship packages.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

SPECIAL ESG DISCOUNT

Join AIJA in Edinburgh and The Hague*!

Have you registered and paid for the Edinburgh Half-Year November Conference 2022 (HYC)? Would you like to continue your knowledge development in The Hague during our Half-Year May Conference 2023? You can benefit from 100 euro discount to be applied to your final registration fee of the Hague HYC. 

How?

  • Join both Half-Year Conferences
  • Make sure you paid for the Edinburgh Half-Year Conference
  • Be one of the first 50 people to register for the Hague Half-Year May Conference (on the first come first served basis, available to AIJA members and non-members, the registrations will open in 2023)
  • Benefit from 100 euro discount on your final registration fee of the Hague HYC

Please note that AIJA Officers are not eligible for this discount.

*The Edinburgh HYC is Part 1 of ESG discussions, while the talks will be continued in the Hague during the ESG track (being Part 2 and a follow-up to the previous debates). The above discount will be valid for the Hague ESG track, as well as the other two tracks (Hague Conventions: Practical Impacts to Every-Day Work of International lawyers in 2023 & Arbitration, Litigation & Human Rights: Taking Action Today to Protect Tomorrow).

 

Academic programme overview


TRACK #1 - Exploring the E in ESG: Environment, Energy and Economy
One year on from COP26 hosted in Scotland, this track will consider environmental and sustainability issues relevant to energy security, the renewable energy sector and supply chains.
 
Topics to be discussed
With contributions from keynote speakers from industry and global organisations: 
  • Energy Security & a Net Zero World (opportunities, challenges and risks arising from energy security including a focus on off-shore wind)
  • Antitrust law and the environment – how can anti-trust law assist in achieving the goals of COP 26 (looking both from a merger control and antitrust perspective)
  • Financing renewable energy projects: exploring project finance, green bonds and green loan principles
  • The transactional life cycle of a renewable energy project: a look at early stage Joint Ventures; fundraising; and divestment of energy projects
  • Sustainability and supply chains

 

Picture credit: @This is Edinburgh


TRACK #2 - Climate, claims and compliance: how to get it right?
With the cumulative number of climate change-related cases having more than doubled since 2015 in comparison to the preceding three decades, governments, private and public sector organisations are increasingly concerned about how to combat this increasing litigation risk. Claims target not only perceived government inaction or lack of ambition in meeting climate goals and commitments, but also a wider variety of charitable, private sector and financial actors. This track will consider some significant cases of the past 12 months and the diversity of arguments being deployed including themes of green-washing and fiduciary duty, as well as how litigation and arbitration can be used to achieve a swift and effective resolution of these claims.
 
Topics to be discussed
  • Green-washing - the benefits and risks of published sustainability goals and representations
  • The rise of climate litigation
  • Whistle-blowing and climate change: employer obligations and issues on sustainability compliance
  • Litigating energy disputes: is arbitration the answer?
  • Charitable purposes: investing responsibly to reflect ESG considerations. Does climate trump investment return?

 

Picture credit: @This is Edinburgh


AIJA Women Network Plenary Session - Addressing Reproductive Health Challenges In The Workplace: A Workshop For All
 
The topic of reproductive health – and the challenges that many face with that – is not limited to junior women who want children. It impacts everyone, it is important, and we should all strive to understand it better in order to help promote a healthy, happy and understanding workplace.If you are a law firm manager, you need to understand the challenges your employees will face during their reproductive years. If you are a lawyer looking to further your career and start a family, then you need an open culture in your workplace to be able to discuss these issues, and if your law firm doesn’t have that open culture, the onus is on you to create it. And to do this, we all need to start talking about reproductive health challenges in the workplace.

This workshop is designed to educate and inspire change. We will be looking at the life cycle of your employees. From supporting early career lawyers with understanding their cycle and hormones and how that impacts behaviour and how to prevent pregnancy, to understanding the 30something lawyers who want to become parents whilst on partnership track and what employers need to do to support both career and family building aspirations, to understanding menopause and how for some women, the impact can have a devastating impact on their health and careers.

This workshop is not to be missed.
 

SCILL & Sustainability Board Session - A Values-Driven Business Model: How to Build (and Grow) an “Impact Law” Practice
Session organised in partnership with the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL - gailnet.org)
 
What are the best law firm management tools to build and grow an "Impact Law" practice? How to make a positive impact on people and planet, while keeping your financial sound and your team committed? The SCILL Commission and the AIJA Sustainability Board have partnered with the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers to bring together a high-profile panel discussing the business case for an "Impact Law" practice, in small-, mid-sized and even global law firms. Join the discussion and learn about CRM, business development, budget and fees structuring, marketing, hiring and training policies (and much more!) for lawyers with a positive impact.
 
 

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

AIJA strives to provide continuous professional development opportunities on multiple occasions. One of these moments is also our Half-Year November Conference in Edinburgh.The coaching sessions led by Ondřej Dvořák will be offered to all attendees. Check out HERE the coaching opportunities and book your slot. The number of places is limited. The allocation of slots will be made on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Social programme overview

 


WELCOME RECEPTION @ Edinburgh Castle – Wednesday 16 November (18:30-22:30)
We will kick-off the first evening of the Conference within the walls of the historic Edinburgh Castle standing on the Castle Rock. After an uphill stroll, the Castle - once a home to kings and queens - will welcome AIJA delegates to the sound of traditional pipe music. The monumental building will reveal its tales during our visit, with the opportunity to experience a private viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels. In the Queen Anne Building, you will enjoy the Welcome Reception in the form of a light walking dinner.
 

CONFERENCE DINNER @ The Signet Library – Thursday 17 November (19:30-02:00)
The Conference Dinner will take place in Edinburgh’s best-kept secret, The Signet Library, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Step into history and experience the unique atmosphere of the venue and its stunning Georgian architecture dated back to early years of the 19th century. The place is not only a legal library, but an extensive archive of manuscripts, journals and other documents being an important source of Scottish history and culture. The walking dinner will feature stations with Scottish specialties selected just for you, and the evening will be enriched with a special tasting of the best whiskies and gins led by the masters who will reveal the mystery of making these fine spirits. The evening will conclude with dancing.
 

HOME HOSPITALITY: EDINBURGH PUB-CRAWLING EDITION @Allocated pub-crawl routes  – Friday 18 November (19:00-23:00)
On that day we want to give you a real Friday night experience in Edinburgh and for this AIJA Half-Year Conference the things will be done a bit differently. We want you to get a taste of the traditional we “go to the pub” after work on a Friday night! That’s why rather than being allocated to a home host as you would with the standard home hospitality format, you will be allocated to….. a pub group. Each pub group will have an allocated number and a “ring-leader” (the ring-leader is the person who rounds up a group to go the pub - they are usually a wee bit devious!), who will guide you to a couple of Edinburgh pubs. Probably you may know it as a “pub-crawl”. On your pub-crawl, you will visit a couple of traditional Edinburgh pubs - nothing classy! Your ring-leader will receive the indications about your pub-crawl route, which will either take you through the Grassmarket, Edinburgh Royal Mile or Rose Street, so you will get the chance to see some of Edinburgh too. In each pub, your group can have a few “swallies” (these are drinks - which can be non-alcoholic!) or “nips” (beware of the nips - they always contain whisky) and get to know one another. Be aware that all routes will lead to... a final pub-crawl destination – Brewhemia.
 

POST HOME HOSPITALITY AFTERPARTY @ Lulu Bar & Nightclub – Friday 18 November (23:45-03:00)
After an evening full Friday night Edinburgh experience, join the afterparty to swing to the best rhythms and enjoy the rest of the night with your fellow Conference attendees for as long as your legs will carry you (till 3:00 am).
 

GALA DINNER 'A Night at the Museum' @ National Museums Scotland – Saturday 19 November (19:00-02:00)
The National Museum of Scotland - the perfect spot to reflect on the past and the future, as a wrap-up to the Conference week. A place soaked in history, taking you on a far-flung journey through the centuries, tucked away in a building with a mix of modern and Victorian styles, creating a vibrant atmosphere. Amidst Scottish stories, natural wonders, art and design, science and technology, the Grand Gallery will host our Conference Gala Dinner. During this farewell night you will get a full and one-of-a-kind Scottish experience: wear black tie in Scottish way - AIJA will organise kilts uniforms for the gentlemen and tartan sashes for the ladies available for rental prior to the event; learn the moves of a traditional Ceilidh from the experts; groove to the rhythms on the dance floor and much more. No doubt it will be a night to remember!
 
The deadline for renting the Scottish outfilts with AIJA has expired.
 
 
 

AIJA Alumni Gathering in Edinburgh 

 
Alumni Dinner
On the occasion of the Half-Year November Conference in Edinburgh, we are pleased to invite AIJA Alumni to join a dedicated gathering organised by Alumni for Alumni. The meeting will take a form of a dinner. This get-together moment will be a great opportunity to connect, share your experiences and reflect on the AIJA adventures (maybe even for some still to come). Do not hesitate to come if you have just recently joined the Alumni team or your Alumni story is a bit broader.

When?
Friday 18 November 2022 - 20:00-22:30

Where?
Howies Victoria Street 
10-14 Victoria Street
Edinburgh EH1 2HG

Price: 80 GBP excl. VAT
The ticket to the alumni dinner includes a seated 3-course dinner with drinks. 

Bookings for the Alumni Dinner tickets must be done by Sunday 13 November, 12:00 CET at the latest

BOOKING LINK HERE
 
AIJA Commissions involved
  • Antitrust
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
  • International Arbitration
  • International Business Law (+ Sports Law)
  • International Private Clients and Family Law
  • Labour Law (+ Immigration Law)
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)
  • T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce)
AIJA Interest Groups involved
  • AIJA Women Network

Programme

TRACK #1 | Exploring the E in ESG: Environment, Energy and Economy

14:30 - 19:00

15:30 - 17:30

Organised by the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission 
18:30 - 22:30

@ Edinburgh Castle

07:00 - 08:00

08:00 - 18:30

09:00 - 09:45


Welcome Addresses
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey & AIJA President 2022-2023, Switzerland
Matt Phillip, Shepherd and Wedderburn, United Kingdom - Scotland - on behalf of the Organising Committee

Keynote Presentations
Ukraine: the impact of war on the environment 
Anna Babych, Board Member of the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), Ukraine
Introduced by
Paola Fudakowska, TRIAL International, United Kingdom

Which way will we tip? An explanation of the competing forces that will determine global temperatures
Ed Brewster, Climate Connection, United Kingdom
Introduced by
Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy, United Kingdom
09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:30

Organised by the Real Estate and T.R.A.D.E. Commissions

Moderator:
Giuliano Stasio, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi (Italy)

Speakers:
Laura Louca, Blomstein, Germany
Marie Davy, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, France
Jose Luis Vega, Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Mexico
Michael Cuthbertson, Travers Smith, United Kingdom - Scotland
Bartosz Kuraś, Wardynski & Partners, Poland
11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:15

Organised by the Corporate and M&A Commission

Moderator:
Francisco Martins Caetano, Cuatrecasas, Spain

Speakers:
Anne Brugmans, Loyens & Loeff, The Netherlands
Ioan Radu, Roedl & Partner, Romania
Gustavo Flausino Coelho, Bastilho Coelho Advogados, Brazil
John Morrison, Shepherd & Wedderburn, United Kingdom - Scotland
Christine McGregor, BayWa, United Kingdom – Scotland

13:15 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

Organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission

Moderator:
Claudia Hahn, iusverde Rechtsanwälte, Germany

Speakers:
Naoki Kanehisha, Atsumi & Sakai, Japan
Duncan Grieve, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, United Kingdom
Sofiya Brutsyak, ICLUB, Ukraine
Amy McVey, Burges Salmon, United Kingdom - Scotland
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00

Organised by the Environmental and Energy Law Commission

Moderator:
Tobias Woltering, Heuking, Germany

Speakers:

Agnese Hartpenga, TGS Baltic, Latvia
Ivana Filipovic, Haavind, Norway
Eduardo Patricio Bonis, Deloitte legal, Argentina
Jeroen de Coninck, DC Advocaten, Belgium
Colin Maciver, Head of Offshore Wind Development Crown Estates, United Kingdom - Scotland (Guest speaker)

17:15 - 18:15

17:15 - 18:15

17:15 - 18:15

19:00 - 19:30

19:30 - 02:00

@ The Signet Library

09:00 - 18:30

10:00 - 11:15

Organised by the Antitrust Commission

Moderator:
Richard Brown, Travers Smith,  United Kingdom

Speakers:
Arnout Koeman, Scott+Scott, The Netherlands,
Christine Dempe, Brödermann Jahn Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft, Germany
Sebastian Reiter, bpv Hügel, Austria
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00


Moderator: 
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young & Keidan, United Kingdom

Speakers:
Helen O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Hertility Health and Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics, United Kingdom
Natalie Sutherland, Partner at Burgess Mee Family Law and Co-Founder of In/Fertility in the City, United Kingdom
13:00 - 13:45

13:45 - 14:55

Organised in partnership with the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL)

Moderator:
Emiliano Giovine, RP Legal & Tax & Chair, GAIL Europe, Italy

Speakers: 
Jess Hackett, Advisory Council Member, Intaconnected, GAIL Member, United Kingdom
Ranajoy Basu, McDermott, Will & Emery & Chair, GAIL UK, United Kingdom 
Alissa Pelatan, AMP Avocat & Board Member, GAIL Europe, France
Maria Pia Sacco, RP Legal & Tax & Officer, IBA Business Human Rights Committee, Italy
David Hunter,  Bates Wells & Board Member, GAIL UK, United Kingdom
15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

19:00 - 23:45

@Allocated pub-crawl routes + gathering at Brewhemia
23:45 - 03:00

@ Lulu Bar & Nightclub

10:00 - 13:00

10:00 - 14:30

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

14:30 - 16:30

18:30 - 19:00

19:00 - 02:00

@ National Museum of Scotland
TRACK #2 | Climate, claims and compliance: how to get it right?

14:30 - 19:00

15:30 - 17:30

Organised by the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission 
18:30 - 22:30

@ Edinburgh Castle

07:00 - 08:00

08:00 - 19:00

09:00 - 09:45


Welcome Addresses
Moritz Maurer, Niederer Kraft Frey & AIJA President 2022-2023, Switzerland
Matt Phillip, Shepherd and Wedderburn, United Kingdom - Scotland - on behalf of the Organising Committee

Keynote Presentations
Ukraine: the impact of war on the environment 
Anna Babych, Board Member of the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), Ukraine
Introduced by
Paola Fudakowska, TRIAL International, United Kingdom

Which way will we tip? An explanation of the competing forces that will determine global temperatures
Ed Brewster, Climate Connection, United Kingdom
Introduced by
Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy, United Kingdom
09:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:30


Moderators: 
Robert Griffiths, Deloitte Legal, United Kingdom
Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy, United Kingdom

Speakers:
Veerle van Druenen, KVDL, Netherlands
Jan Hinrichs, Gleiss Lutz, Germany
Faye McConnell, Browne Jacobson, UK
Steph Lee, Travers Smith, UK
Michelle Wiesner-Lameth, ACT Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Sara Khalil, schönherr rechtsanwälte, Austria
Alex Woolgar, Deloitte Legal, United Kingdom
11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:15

Organised by the International Arbitration Commission

Moderator:
Hendrik Puschmann, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom

Speakers:
Lisa Beisteiner, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Austria
Laura West, CMS, United Kingdom - Scotland
Brandon Malone, Scottish Arbitration Centre, United Kingdom - Scotland
13:15 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:15

Organised by the Litigation Commission

Moderator:
Harry Stirk, Stirk Law, United Kingdom

Speakers:
Anders Flaatin Wilhelmsen, Selmer, Norway
Martijn van Dam, Lemstra Van der Korst, The Netherlands
Olivia Wybraniec, Mishcon de Reya, United Kingdom
Caroline Cohen, R&P Legal, Germany 
15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 17:00

Organised by the Labour Law Commission

Moderator:
Charmaine Pollock, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom

Keynote:
Marie-Clotilde Mangé, VP Human Resources and Social Responsibility, VISEO Group, France
 
Speakers:
Joelle Muchada, Qualiens, France
David Ashmore, Reed Smith, United Kingdom
Andrei Croitoru, ACT Botezatu Estrade Partners, Romania
17:15 - 18:15

17:15 - 18:15

17:15 - 18:15

19:00 - 19:30

19:30 - 02:00

@ The Signet Library

09:00 - 18:30

10:00 - 11:15

Organised by the International Private Clients and Family Law

Moderator:
Emma Holland, Stewarts, United Kingdom

Speakers:
Stephanie Mooney, Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom
Julien Tron, MLL Legal, Switzerland
Mark McKeown, Turcan Connell, United Kingdom - Scotland
Melanie Burtscher, Schwärzler Rechtsanwälte, Liechtenstein
Aw Wen Ni, Wong Partnership, Singapore
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00


Moderator:
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young & Keidan, United Kingdom

Speakers:
Helen O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Hertility Health and Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics, United Kingdom
Natalie Sutherland, Partner at Burgess Mee Family Law and Co-Founder of In/Fertility in the City, United Kingdom
13:00 - 13:45

13:45 - 14:55

Organised in partnership with the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (GAIL)

Moderator:
Emiliano Giovine, RP Legal & Tax & Chair, GAIL Europe, Italy

Speakers:
Jess Hackett, Advisory Council Member, Intaconnected, GAIL Member, United Kingdom
Ranajoy Basu, McDermott, Will & Emery & Chair, GAIL UK, United Kingdom
Alissa Pelatan, AMP Avocat & Board Member, GAIL Europe, France
Maria Pia Sacco, RP Legal & Tax & Officer, IBA Business Human Rights Committee, Italy
David Hunter, Bates Wells & Board Member, GAIL UK, United Kingdom
15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

19:00 - 23:45

@Allocated pub-crawl routes + gathering at Brewhemia
23:45 - 03:00

@Lulu Bar & Nightclub

10:00 - 13:00

10:00 - 14:30

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

14:30 - 16:30

18:30 - 19:00

19:00 - 02:00

@ National Museum of Scotland

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

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Practical Information

CONFERENCE VENUE & DIRECTIONS


SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA, EDINBURGH

   
 

The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh is a five-star city resort ideally located to explore Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage city centre, its outstanding history and architectural beauty. The hotel has always been one of Edinburgh’s favourite meeting places in the heart of the city thanks to its dedicated events space, innovative design and meeting rooms layout. 
From the modern luxury of the lobby to the views of Edinburgh Castle, the team at the Sheraton takes pride in going beyond and offering that bit more. Together with the Scottish brasserie One Square, and the award-winning One Spa, the hotel is part of a unique urban getaway at the heart of Scotland's historic capital city.
The hotel boasts 269 stylish bedrooms. Blending contemporary comfort and subtly Scottish finishes, the bedrooms and suites are bright, spacious and inviting. They are equipped with the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience™ beds and offer unique views of Edinburgh Castle from the Castle View Rooms & Suites.

LOCATION
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR 
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 9131
E-mail: grandedinburgh@sheraton.com
Website: https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/edisi-sheraton-grand-hotel-and-spa-edinburgh/ 

NEAREST TRANSPORT
Edinburgh Airport - 8 miles, 20 minutes
Bus Service (Airlink 100), drop off point Shandwick Place - 0.5 miles, 5 minutes
Haymarket Train Station - 0.5 miles, 10 minute walk

NEAREST ATTRACTIONS
Edinburgh Castle - 0.5 miles, 20 minute walk
Grassmarket - 0.5 miles, 15 minute walk
The Royal Mile - 1 mile, 25 minute walk
National Museum of Scotland - 1 mile, 20 minute walk
Scottish National Gallery - 1 mile, 15 minute walk

GET TO THE SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA FROM THE AIRPORT

Hop on the tram! Trams are one of the easiest ways to get to and from the airport with fast and frequent services to Edinburgh city centre. Trams depart every 7 minutes, between 7am and 7pm, and every 15 minutes outwith these hours, with an end-to-end journey of just 30 minutes.

Finding the tram stop. The airport tram stop is right outside the main terminal next to the plaza and Edinburgh sign. Where does the tram go? Services run between the airport and York Place in Edinburgh city centre.
Tram stops can be found in the following locations:

TO GO TO THE SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA, GET OFF AT WEST END. It is then a 5 min-walk up to the hotel. 

Fares. Adult Airport Single ticket: 6.50 GBP
· Find the latest ticket prices on the Edinburgh Trams official website.
· Airport return tickets are completely open-ended, so whether you need to use it next week or next year – it’s valid!
· Remember to buy tickets before boarding the trams. You can get them from vending machines at any tram stop – including at the airport.

ACCOMMODATION AT SHERATON GRAND HOTEL & SPA, EDINBURGH

  
 

Guest rooms have been pre-blocked at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa at a group preferential rate for AIJA Participants. Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis according to availability.

Extended Booking deadline: 31 October (after which availability may not be guaranteed for all nights and at the preferential rate)

Rates:

Run of House Classic Bedroom (single use): 230 GBP per night including breakfast and VAT

Run of House Classic Bedroom (double use): 250 GBP per night including breakfast and VAT

· Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event dates indicated on the booking form, subject to availability of guest rooms at the time of reservation.
· Rates are fully inclusive of breakfast taken within the One Square Restaurant. Reservations also include complimentary access to the indoor swimming pool, pool-side sauna and Sheraton Fitness Gym. Other spa facilities are available however at a discounted rate of £35.00 per person, per session - any spa access and/or treatments are required to be booked in advance. 

Book HERE your group rate for the AIJA HALF-YEAR NOVEMBER CONFERENCE

Pre-payment & cancellation terms: Full pre-payment will be taken from the individual guest’s credit card provided during the reservation process. Once the reservations are made any amendments or cancellations will be fully chargeable. Transfers to other guests will be allowed. Should you have any specific requests or requirements please call the hotel directly on +44 (0)131 229 9131 and ask for In-House Reservations mentioning this is an AIJA booking. Thank you.

OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN EDINBURGH

 

WILDE APARTHOTELS GRASSMARKET 

26 King’s Stables Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2JY
T. +353 (0) 1 539 0909

E. wilde.grassmarket@staycity.com 
W. www.staycity.com/edinburgh

Inspired by the brilliant Oscar Wilde for those seeking a home from home that’s rich on charm, personality, style, elegance, creativity, quirkiness and originality. This 128-room aparthotel in the Scottish capital offers a range of design-led studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, all of which deliver the award-winning Staycity blend of home and hotel, but with lashings of Wilde’s signature style.

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Distance to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa: 11 minutes by foot

AIJA preferential conditions: Benefit from a dynamic discount of 20% off the Wilde best available rate online. Contact AMY-BETH JOHNSON (Sales Manager) at Reservations +44 (0) 203 499 0748 / amybeth.johnson@staycity.com and mention the code AIJA GROUP with your booking requirements. 


YOTEL EDINBURGH HOTEL | 2021 Travellers' Choice Winner 

Distance to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa: 13 minutes by foot 
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MOXY HOTEL 

Distance to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa: 13 minutes by foot
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VOCO HOTEL HAYMARKET

Distance to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa: 8 minutes by foot
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MERCURE EDINBURGH HAYMARKET 

Distance to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa: 10 minutes by foot
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HAMPTON BY HILTON

Distance to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa: 14 minutes by foot
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Organising Committee

Eoin CASSIDY Mason Hayes+Curran (IRELAND)
Paola FUDAKOWSKA TRIAL International (SWITZERLAND)
Elena KADELBURGER Underwood & Co (UNITED KINGDOM)
Ailie MURRAY Travers Smith LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)
Pia PADFIELD Personio SE &Co. KG (GERMANY)
Matt PHILLIP Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)
Alex WATT Howard Kennedy LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)
Rosie WILD Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)
Jennifer WILKIE Burness Paull LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)

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