We demandequal access
to justice
for all

The Scottish Legal Action Group

We fight for a fair, humane, and accessible legal system

We aim to increase understanding of the law and legal services, and work to improve the legal system for the benefit of those people in Scotland who are economically, socially or otherwise disadvantaged. Join us today to become part of our work.

For decades, the Group has played an important role in Scottish civic society in campaigning for law reform and increased access to justice. It publishes a monthly Legal Journal, responds to consultations, holds events and works along other organisations in support of its objectives.

Proposals for reform of welfare law, legal aid, bankruptcy, criminal procedure, the civic court structure, and employment law are all current examples of changes which will impact on the lives of disadvantaged people and affect their ability to obtain access to justice. The Group’s work to make the law work better on their behalf is as important now as it ever has been and we need your help.

Who we are

Eamon Keane


Eamon first became involved with the group in 2011 and was made Convenor in 2015. He is a qualified solicitor with an interest in criminal defence, the law of evidence and human rights. He has previously worked in a research capacity at the universities of Dundee and Strathclyde. He is the co-author of one of the leading student textbooks on the law of evidence in Scotland.

Tony Convery

Deputy Convenor

Tony joined the board in 2015 and was appointed Deputy Convenor in 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He has particular interests in criminal and human rights law and is a solicitor in a firm practising primarily in criminal defence. He has been a research assistant in human rights and the law of evidence. He is a contributor to Green’s Criminal Law Bulletin.

Shaun McPhee


Shaun joined the board, and was appointed treasurer, in 2018. He is a researcher at the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University, and was previously a research assistant in public law at Lancaster University.

Samuel White

Honorary Secretary

Samuel graduated from the University of Dundee with an LLB in 2015, and returned in 2017 to study for a PhD, funded by a Carnegie-Caledonian scholarship. In addition to his research on UK public law and its interaction with human rights, Samuel is a Tutor in both Public Law and Scots Private Law. He is also an editor of the Dundee Student Law Review, a coach of the Scottish team for the Telders International Moot Court, and recently acted as a judge of the ELSA-Amicus essay prize and the international rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court. Samuel’s particular interests are in public law, human rights, and criminal law.

Andrew Wilson


Andrew has been associated with the group since 2000. After reading for a BA in law, he took an LLM with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. He has tutored and lectured in various subjects at Edinburgh Napier and Dundee Universities. He succeeded Brian Dempsey as the Editor of SCOLAG Legal Journal in 2007. Andrew also works as an adviser at the Community Help and Advice Initiative and appears as a lay representative through the Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership, defending in actions for possession of heritable property in Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Conor Keir


Conor joined the board in 2016. He graduated from Dundee University in 2018 with a degree in Scots and English Law. At university he was involved with the mooting society where he was vice-president and external co-ordinator. He also competed at the Inner Temple Intervarsity Moot where he and his partner were runners up. At the Telders Moot Court Competition where he represented Scotland in the International Court of Justice. He served on the board of the Dundee Student law review for three years acting as the managing editor for the final year. His particular interests are public law and human rights.