Case archive



Sheriff Principal determines North Sea helicopter crash could not have been avoided

A fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of four people in a North Sea helicopter accident has concluded with a declaration that the deaths could not have been avoided in the circumstances.

Sheriff Court 21 October 2020

Former Harley mechanic awarded damages after crash left him afraid of riding motorbikes 

A former apprentice mechanic who was involved in a road-accident while testing a client’s Harley-Davidson motorbike has successfully obtained an award of damages after being involved in a road accident that gave him a phobia of being killed or injured on a motorbike.

Sheriff Court 14 October 2020

West Lothian taxi driver loses appeal against suspension of licence until 2022 

A taxi driver who had his licence suspended by a local authority on the ground of no longer being a fit and proper person to hold such a licence has had his appeal against the decision refused. 

Sheriff Court 8 October 2020

Flat owner fails to establish statutory repair duty for downstairs neighbours

The proprietor of a flat in Edinburgh who sought to establish that their neighbour had a statutory obligation to pay for half the cost of repairs to the external render of the common wall of their building has had their application rejected by the Sheriff Court. 

Sheriff Court 23 September 2020

Father of young children in Annan loses appeal against 'no contact' order

The father of two very young children in Annan has unsuccessfully appealed the decision of a children’s panel that he should have no contact with his children. 

Sheriff Court 21 September 2020

Sheriff rules pursuer’s settlement offer in personal injury case can be impliedly withdrawn

The defender in a personal injury case who sought decree that a settlement offer by the pursuer could not be withdrawn impliedly even in a change of material circumstances has had its motion refused by the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court in Edinburgh.

Sheriff Court 1 September 2020

Scottish man injured in quad bike crash in Greece unsuccessful in obtaining damages

A Scottish man who was injured in a quad bike accident while on holiday in Greece has been unsuccessful in obtaining damages in relation to his injuries.

Sheriff Court 19 August 2020

Council granted interdict against sale of farm it previously conveyed by feu disposition

A local authority has been granted an interdict against the sale of a farm in West Calder on the basis that a right of pre-emption contained in a feu disposition had survived the abolition of feudal tenure in Scotland.

Sheriff Court 24 July 2020

Sheriff dismisses petition in case with solicitor without practising certificate

A sheriff has dismissed an undefended petition raised against a limited company by a pursuer represented by a solicitor without a practising certificate as incompetent and has informed the Lord Advocate of the case.

Sheriff Court 22 July 2020

Heir of man who died in 1999 loses claim for value of items from estate allegedly unaccounted for

A man who claimed that he was due payment for his share of the value of items from his late father’s estate that were not listed in the inventory of the estate has failed in his action for payment.

Sheriff Court 8 June 2020

Early childhood practitioner loses appeal against temporary suspension

An early-years practitioner who was given a Temporary Suspension Order (TSO) after her fitness to practice was called into question has been unsuccessful in challenging the decision.

Sheriff Court 6 May 2020

Ruff justice: Dog walker ordered to pay £3,000 in damages for defamatory Facebook post about business rival

A woman running a dog walking business in the Edinburgh area has succeeded in an action for defamation against another woman who operated a similar business.

Sheriff Court 8 April 2020

Edinburgh City Council granted permanence order to allow child’s adoption

The City of Edinburgh Council has successfully been granted a permanence order under section 80 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 in relation to the child of a mother diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and a father with limited leave to remain in the UK.

Sheriff Court 1 April 2020

Housing association tenant’s damages claim over property’s poor sound insulation dismissed

A housing association tenant who sued his landlord over its alleged failure to properly sound-proof his property has had his action dismissed.

Sheriff Court 27 March 2020

Scottish university’s payment action against student dismissed due to ‘lack of jurisdiction’

A Scottish university which sued a distance-learning student for unpaid fees has had its claim dismissed due to “lack of jurisdiction”.

Sheriff Court 10 March 2020