Case archive

English solicitor accused of ‘modern day grave robbing’ succeeds in breach of anti-defamation contract action

An English solicitor who was accused of committing international fraud by a professional photographer has succeeded in a claim for breach of contract against him.

England and Wales High Court 10 March 2021

Heriott-Watt University wins appeal in payment action against former distance-learning postgraduate student

The Civil Division of the Sheriff Appeal Court has allowed an appeal by an Edinburgh university after a sheriff dismissed its action for payment against a former postgraduate student dismissed for jurisdictional reasons.

Sheriff Appeal Court 9 March 2021

Six men who conspired to murder family lose appeal against conviction based on jury bias investigation

The High Court of Justiciary has refused six conjoined appeals against conviction by a group of men convicted of conspiring to murder a family in Glasgow.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 8 March 2021

Paisley man jailed for possession of disguised stun gun has sentence reduced

A man who was imprisoned for carrying a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone has been successful in challenging the length of his sentence in the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 March 2021

Glasgow sheriff removes convicted rapist’s parental rights in respect of son and orders nil contact

A sheriff in Glasgow has removed the parental rights of a convicted rapist in respect of his son and determined that it would not be in the best interests of the child to have any form of contact with him while still allowing him to have letterbox contact with his daughter.

Sheriff Court 4 March 2021

Probationary teacher with Asperger’s successfully challenges decision to remove him from teaching register

A probationary mathematics teacher with Asperger’s syndrome has had the decision to remove him from the teaching register set aside by the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Court of Session Inner House 3 March 2021

Outer House rejects immigration appeal by Pakistani citizen with UK criminal record

A Pakistani citizen who challenged the decision to remove him from the UK on the grounds of his family life has had his petition for judicial review of the Upper Tribunal’s decision not to permit him to appeal the decision refused.

Court of Session Outer House 2 March 2021

Sheriff Appeal Court holds contractual right of pre-emption survived abolition of feudal system

An appeal by the executors of a late farmer’s estate against a sheriff’s decision that a right of pre-emption in the feu disposition of his farm had survived the abolition of feudal tenure has been refused by the Civil Division of the Sheriff Appeal Court.

Sheriff Appeal Court 1 March 2021

Supreme Court: Shamima Begum cannot return to UK

Shamima Begum, the woman who travelled to Syria as a child and aligned herself with ISIS, has failed in all her appeals to the Supreme Court and cannot return to the UK to argue her citizenship case.

UK Supreme Court 26 February 2021

Venezuelan IT businessman allowed appeal in persecution asylum application

An IT company boss who was refused asylum after fleeing alleged persecution in Venezuela has successfully challenged the decision not to permit him to appeal the refusal to the Upper Tribunal.

Court of Session Inner House 26 February 2021

Outer House allows damages action by former private school student alleging camping trip rape to continue

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has allowed the action of a woman seeking £1.5 million in compensatory damages from her former school to continue after the company that ran the school sought to have it dismissed without a proof.

Court of Session Outer House 25 February 2021

Glasgow sheriff refuses to recuse himself from child relocation case

A sheriff in Glasgow has refused a motion calling for his recusal from family proceedings involving a mother who sought to relocate with her child to the USA.

Sheriff Court 24 February 2021

Evangelical association’s breach of contract claim for cancelled arena event rejected by Glasgow sheriff

A sheriff in Glasgow has dismissed part of an action for damages raised by an evangelical Christian organisation against the operators of the SSE Hydro Arena but ordered a proof in respect of quantification of loss concerning a potential breach of the Equality Act 2010.

Sheriff Court 23 February 2021

Outer House judge finds Edinburgh council in breach of duties towards homeless refugee

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has found that a local authority acted unlawfully in failing to provide assistance to a homeless Sudanese refugee living in Scotland.

Court of Session Outer House 22 February 2021

Order preventing publication of identities of complainers in Salmond case varied by High Court

An order preventing the publication of the identities of the complainers in the charges that were brought against former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been amended by the Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary following an application for variation.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 19 February 2021