Case archive



Judge rejects life prisoner’s £5,000 human rights claim for correspondence ‘unlawfully’ opened by prison officers 

A man serving a life sentence for murder who claimed that his human rights were breached after his “confidential” letters were opened by prison officers has had a £5,000 damages action dismissed.

Court of Session Outer House 2 December 2019

Lib Dem leader granted interim interdict over SNP ‘defamatory’ election leaflet

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has been granted interim interdict to prohibit a Scottish National Party rival from distributing an election leaflet which claimed she had “accepted a £14K donation from a fracking company”.

Court of Session Outer House 29 November 2019

Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach convicted of sex offences wins appeal over Crown’s failure to disclose complainer’s conviction for dishonesty

A former coach of Celtic Boys Club who was jailed after being found guilty of a series of historical child sex offences has had his conviction on one of the charges quashed after prosecutors failed to disclose evidence of the complainer’s criminal record.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 28 November 2019

Damages action over ‘defective’ metal-on-metal hip replacement product dismissed

A former forestry worker who sued two companies which manufactured the components used in his hip replacements 10 years ago has had his action for damages dismissed.

Court of Session Outer House 27 November 2019

Sheriff Appeal Court issues guideline judgment in refusing motorist’s appeal against ‘excessive’ fine 

A motorist who was fined £500 after being convicted of driving without a valid licence and without insurance has failed in an appeal to have the financial penalty reduced.

Sheriff Appeal Court 26 November 2019

RBS ordered to make PPI payout after failing in ‘insolvency set-off’ appeal 

The Royal Bank of Scotland has had an appeal rejected against a decision that it could not avoid paying out a successful payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling claim to a loan customer who became insolvent.

Court of Session Inner House 25 November 2019

Foreign businessman wins permission to appeal for indefinite leave to remain in tax discrepancy case over ‘blatant error of law’

A Nigerian businessman who was refused indefinite leave to remain in the UK despite living here for more than a decade due to tax discrepancies has been granted permission to appeal against the decision to refuse his application.

Court of Session Outer House 22 November 2019

Appeal Court warns judges not to ‘cross-examine’ complainers in sexual offence cases in rejecting appeal against rape conviction

Judges presiding over solemn cases have been reminded not to take over the role of “cross-examiner” of witnesses, particularly in trials involving allegations of serious sexual offending.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 21 November 2019

Pair found guilty of producing psychoactive substances fail in appeal against convictions

Two men found guilty of producing psychoactive substances on an industrial scale following the introduction of new legislation to tackle the rising use of so-called “legal highs” have had appeals against their convictions rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 20 November 2019

Company fails in claim to recover payment from ex-employee who fell for £200,000 ‘whaling fraud’ 

A publishing company which sued a former employee for more than £100,000 after she fell victim to a “whaling fraud” has failed in a legal action to recover the funds.

Court of Session Outer House 19 November 2019

Young motorist who caused serious injury by dangerous driving has ‘excessive’ custodial sentence reduced

A motorist who was jailed after being found guilty of causing “serious injury by dangerous driving” has had his custodial sentence reduced following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 November 2019

Man accused of rape of sister and fiancée to face trial after Crown wins ‘mutual corroboration’ appeal

A man accused of rape and other historical child sexual offences against his sister as well as allegedly raping his former fiancée will face trial on the charges after prosecutors successfully challenged a judge’s decision to uphold a “no case to answer” submission.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 November 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

Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called "bedroom tax" breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

UK Supreme Court 14 November 2019

Lord Advocate wins appeal to prosecute man for murder despite accepting his guilty plea to assault

Scotland’s top law officer has successfully challenged a judge’s decision that the Crown was “barred” from prosecuting a man for murder, having previously accepted his guilty plea to a charge of assaulting the same man, who died almost five years later as a result of his injuries.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 November 2019