Case archive

Tenant of burned down storage unit at former turkey farm fails to establish damages claim

An action by the lessee of a storage unit located on a former poultry farm that was destroyed by a fire in 2016 has been dismissed by a sheriff.

Sheriff Court 27 January 2021

Glasgow murderer who killed man with machete outside pub loses appeal against conviction

A man serving a life sentence for murder after striking a man with a machete outside a Glasgow pub has had his appeal against conviction refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 January 2021

Aberdeen IT firm successfully challenges dismissal of its complaints made against solicitors  

An Aberdeen-based IT company has successfully appealed against a decision of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission after it dismissed a complaint the company made against a firm of solicitors that it had instructed.

Court of Session Inner House 22 January 2021

Man who secretly removed bank book from dead father’s home fails to have brother removed as executor of estate 

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has refused a man’s petition for his brother and sister-in-law to be removed as executors of his late father’s estate and the executry completed by an appointed judicial factor. 

Court of Session Outer House 21 January 2021

UK Supreme Court rules business interruption insurance policies must pay out after Covid-19 losses

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that business interruption losses resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic are recoverable under a variety of insurance policies after appeals by both the Financial Conduct Authority and various insurance companies.

UK Supreme Court 20 January 2021

Sheriff Appeal Court remits contact order application by abusive ex-partner for reconsideration

The Civil Division of the Sheriff Appeal Court has allowed an appeal by a mother against the grant of a supervised contact order for her young daughter’s father and remitted the case to a new sheriff for reconsideration.

Sheriff Appeal Court 19 January 2021

High Court rejects final posthumous appeal against Lockerbie bomber’s conviction

The High Court of Justiciary has rejected a final posthumous appeal against conviction on behalf of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 18 January 2021

Edinburgh sheriff finds man entitled to paternity test as part of child compulsory supervision order

A man who appealed the decision of a children’s hearing not to require the local authority to organise a DNA test as part of a compulsory supervision order has been successful in an appeal to the sheriff.

Sheriff Court 14 January 2021

Scottish creel fishers succeed in challenging rejection of fisheries proposal by Marine Scotland 

A Scottish fishing federation has succeeded in overturning a decision by the Scottish government not to move forward with a proposed pilot scheme affecting inshore fisheries around the Isle of Skye. 

Court of Session Outer House 13 January 2021

Sheriff grants division and sale of Bearsden home jointly owned by feuding ex-sisters-in-law 

A sheriff in Dumbarton has granted a crave for division and sale of a property in Bearsden jointly owned by two feuding former sisters-in-law following several years of legal correspondence between them with no agreement. 

Sheriff Court 12 January 2021

English High Court rules GCHQ general warrants require sufficient specificity

A privacy rights group has succeeded in having part of a tribunal decision on the use of wide-ranging warrants by UK intelligence services quashed in its application for judicial review in an English court.

England and Wales High Court 11 January 2021

Sheriff Appeal Court upholds decision allowing servitude car parking right off narrow Carnoustie street

The Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil Division) has dismissed an appeal by a property owner in Carnoustie against an order requiring him to give access to his property for to the owner of a neighbouring house to park his car.

Sheriff Appeal Court 8 January 2021

English judge orders recovery of funds from fraudulent car buying company account 

The National Crime Agency has succeeded in an action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to recover monies from the frozen bank account of a former English car sales company as the proceeds of unlawful conduct.

England and Wales High Court 7 January 2021

English High Court rules South African government does not have immunity from salvage payment action

A UK salvaging company that retrieved 2,364 silver bars from a shipwreck in the Indian Ocean has successfully established in an English court that the Republic of South Africa did not have state immunity from an action for payment for salvage.

England and Wales High Court 6 January 2021

Building contractor successfully enforces adjudicator’s decision in school extension dispute

A building contractor that was hired to construct an extension at a school in Ayrshire has succeeded in an action to enforce an adjudicator’s award following a dispute with the local authority.

Court of Session Outer House 5 January 2021