Case archive



Environmental group’s judicial review challenge over new school plans refused

An environmental group which challenged a Scottish local authority’s decision to grant planning permission for a new secondary school to be built in the Fife countryside has had a petition for judicial review dismissed.

23 March 2015

Scots lawyer who made false legal aid claims struck off solicitors’ roll for ‘professional misconduct’

A Scots lawyer who made dozens of false legal aid claims has been struck off the roll of solicitors after being found guilty of “professional misconduct”.

20 March 2015

Scottish council wins appeal after refusing pedicab driver’s application for rickshaw licence

A pedicab driver who successfully challenged a Scottish local authority’s refusal to grant him a rickshaw licence has seen the decision overturned after the council successfully appealed to the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Court of Session Inner House — 19 March 2015

Man with 'almost unbelievable list' of convictions imprisoned for minimum of six years

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Lord Uist(pictured) sentenced Brian McGregor to a punishment part of six years in prison and imposed an order for lifelong restriction after the accused was found guilty of charges of assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger to life, and robbery.

19 March 2015

Scots lawyer found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to conclude administration of estate

A Scots lawyer who failed to undertake any work to conclude the administration of an estate has had his practising certificate restricted for a period of four years after being found guilty of “professional misconduct”.

17 March 2015

Man found guilty of attempting to smuggle drugs into prison wins appeal against conviction

A man who was found guilty of attempting to smuggle drugs into a prison on the basis of DNA evidence which prosecutors claimed to show that the accused had licked the seal to an envelope containing the illegal substance has had his conviction quashed on appeal.

16 March 2015

Supreme Court rules disabled tenant needs extra protection from eviction

Disabled tenants in private or social housing could be given greater protection from eviction following a judgement from the UK’s highest civil court.

13 March 2015

Woman detained under mental health act loses appeal against transfer to Holland

A woman detained in a Scottish hospital under mental health legislation who challenged a warrant which was granted for her transfer to Holland had had an appeal against the decision refused.

13 March 2015

UKSC: Property developer wins case against bank over question of binding promise

A property developer who took a loan from a bank for the purchase and development of land in 2007 but which the bank argued was merely for the purchase of the land has won his appeal in the UK Supreme Court after it held the bank made a legally binding promise for sums covering both purchase and development.

UK Supreme Court — 11 March 2015

Mother of seriously disabled child wins negligence case on appeal to UK Supreme Court

A diabetic woman of small stature whose son was born with serious disabilities and who claimed she had not been fully informed of the risks of giving birth has won a unanimous appeal against a decision of the Inner House of the Court of Session in the UK Supreme Court.

UK Supreme Court — 11 March 2015

Son’s appeal against MHTS’s compulsory treatment order in relation to mother refused

The son of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease who challenged a decision of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (MHTS) to make a compulsory treatment order (CTO) in relation to his mother has had his appeal refused.

6 March 2015

William Beggs fails in appeal against decision of Scottish Information Commissioner

The man found guilty of the “limbs in the loch” murder has had an appeal against a decision of the Scottish Information Commissioner concerning a freedom of information request he made to the Scottish Prison Service refused.

Court of Session Inner House — 5 March 2015

‘Unlawful’ police search of car for drugs did not result in unfairness, Criminal Appeal Court rules

Two accused persons charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin after their car was stopped and “unlawfully” searched by police have had their appeals against a sheriff’s decision to dismiss their challenge to the admissibility of the evidence of the search refused.

High Court of Justiciary — 3 March 2015

Scottish council granted permanence orders in relation to three brothers

A Scottish local authority has been granted permanence orders in relation to three sibling children whose mother had a history of alcohol abuse, after a judge in the Court of Session ruled that it would be “better” for each of the three boys that an order be made than not.

Court of Session Outer House — 26 February 2015