Case archive



Woman fined for using ‘racist phrase’ has sentence quashed after judges question prosecution and conviction

A woman who was fined £1,000 after being found guilty of a “racially aggravated offence” has had her sentence quashed after appeal judges said they had “difficulty” in comprehending why she was prosecuted in the first place.

High Court of Justiciary — 14 April 2015

Divorced man’s payments to ex-wife could not be ‘ascribed’ to arrears of aliment, judge rules

A divorced father-of-two who was sequestrated after failing to meet his maintenance commitments towards his ex-wife and children has had a petition for suspension of a charge for payment and interdict refused.

Court of Session Outer House — 13 April 2015

Community council granted protected expenses order ahead of appeal against local authority decision

A community council has been granted a protected expenses order limiting its liability for the costs of a legal action challenging a decision of a local authority.

Court of Session Outer House — 10 April 2015

Homeless family wins Supreme Court appeal to stay in London

A single mother-of-five has successfully challenged a council’s decision that it had discharged its duty to house her homeless family by offering accommodation in another local authority area more than 50 miles away.

UK Supreme Court — 7 April 2015

Morton Fraser wins medical negligence case after six year battle

In a Court of Session judgement issued on Thursday,Morton Fraser was successful in securing substantial damages for its client injured when her artery was punctured during a routine procedure at Falkirk & District Royal Infirmary in 2009.

7 April 2015

Polish woman with ‘serious medical condition’ fails in appeal against extradition order

A Polish woman faced with imprisonment in her homeland who claimed that a “serious medical condition” meant it would be “unjust or oppressive” to extradite her from Scotland has failed in appeal against a sheriff’s extradition order.

High Court of Justiciary — 2 April 2015

England: judge rules footballer should be named in 'kiss-and-tell' story after overturning anonymity order

An English Premier League footballer who was granted a gagging order against a woman selling a “kiss-and-tell” story to The Sun has had an application to maintain his anonymity rejected by a judge at the High Court in London.

1 April 2015

Property development company sues Scots legal firm for £2.7m over ‘negligence’

A property development company which claimed that its lawyers were in “breach of contract” has been awarded more than £2.7 million.

Court of Session Outer House — 1 April 2015

Social workers win appeal against sheriff’s contempt of court ruling

Two social workers who were found in contempt of court for failing to comply with a child contact order made by a sheriff have successfully appealed to have the decision quashed.

Court of Session Inner House — 30 March 2015

Judge dismisses company director and convicted fraudster’s defamation action against newspaper

A company director and convicted fraudster who sued a newspaper over an article which he claimed was defamatory has had his action dismissed by a judge in the Court of Session.

Court of Session Outer House — 30 March 2015

SSSC successfully challenges sheriff’s ruling that article 6 ECHR is ‘engaged’ during conduct committee proceedings

The regulatory body for social workers in Scotland has successfully challenged a sheriff’s ruling that proceedings before its conduct sub-committee “engaged” article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

25 March 2015

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