Case archive



Scots lawyer wins appeal to have ‘time-barred’ services complaint quashed, but conduct complaint referral upheld

A Scots lawyer has partially succeeded in an appeal against a decision by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) to refer two “time-barred” complaints against him to the Law Society of Scotland for investigation.

Court of Session Inner House 4 December 2019

Asylum seeker whose application was refused loses appeal against housing provider’s ‘unlawful’ lock-changing policy

A failed asylum seeker who claimed that it was “unlawful” for her housing provider to evict her from temporary accommodation by changing the locks to the property without first obtaining a court order has had her appeal dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 14 November 2019

Appeal against employment judge’s decision to substitute reasons for dismissal rejected

An engineer who raised an unfair dismissal claim against her former employer after she was sacked for refusing to work with a key contractor has lost an appeal against an Employment Tribunal’s decision to relabel the reason for dismissal and reduce the award payable to her.

Court of Session Inner House 18 September 2019

Appeal judges dismiss legal challenge against Scots law approving abortions at home

Campaigners who claimed that legislation allowing women to terminate pregnancies by taking abortion pills at home is “unlawful” have had their appeal rejected.

Court of Session Inner House 23 May 2019

Court makes ‘vexatious litigant’ order over repeated meritless claims

A businessman who raised a series of “hopelessly irrelevant” and “incompetent” legal actions after being sequestrated for failing to pay his council tax has been declared a “vexatious litigant”.

Court of Session Inner House 27 March 2019

Appeal Court upholds judge’s decision to allow ‘time-barred’ damages claim over Glasgow bin lorry crash to proceed

An appeal by Glasgow City Council against a judge’s ruling that a damages action by relatives of some of the victims of the Glasgow bin lorry crash can proceed despite their claims being “time-barred” has been dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 6 February 2019

Child abuse victim wins appeal for criminal injuries compensation

A woman who was assaulted by her mother when she was a baby has won a long-running legal battle for criminal injuries compensation after taking her appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

Court of Session Inner House 4 February 2019

Woman who challenged confiscation order to keep property has appeal dismissed

A woman who challenged a confiscation order imposed after her brother was convicted of drugs offences in an attempt to prevent the sale of a property in Edinburgh of which she claimed to be the “beneficial owner” has had her appeal rejected.

Court of Session Inner House 14 December 2018

Daily Record fined £80,000 for contempt of court over ‘severely prejudicial’ articles relating to criminal proceedings 

The publishers of the Daily Record have been fined £80,000 after pleading guilty to contempt of court over articles which appeared in the newspaper and on its website relating to two separate criminal proceedings.

Court of Session Inner House 6 June 2018

Similarities in sex offences in mutual corroboration case were not sufficient to overcome 17-year time gap, appeal court rules

A man found guilty of sexual offences against two children almost 17 years apart has had his conviction quashed following an appeal.

Court of Session Inner House 31 May 2018

Appeal against conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice rejected

A man found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice while being held on remand by phoning friends on the outside to bribe a witness not to identify him in an ID parade after he had been accused of attempted murder had his appeal against convicted rejected.

Court of Session Inner House 5 June 2018

Footballers found to have raped woman in civil action lose appeal against ruling

Two professional footballers who were found to have raped a woman after a judge ruled she was “incapable of consenting” due to the effects of alcohol have had an appeal against the decision dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 29 November 2017

Judges reject sister’s appeal against appointment of guardian over ‘bias’ claim against mental health officer

A woman who challenged a sheriff’s order to appoint a local authority social worker as her brother’s guardian has had her appeal against the decision dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 24 October 2017