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Eilidh Smith: Learning lessons from Taylor Swift’s IP troubles

Eilidh Smith looks at the lessons we can learn from the IP woes of Taylor Swift.

Published 27 April 2021

Stuart Gillies: Declining use of cash leads to greater confidence in fintechs

Stuart Gillies highlights how the decline of cash during pandemic has resulted in an increase in confidence in financial technology.

Published 27 April 2021

Lord Uist: ‘Not proven’ – not logical or sensible

Writing for Scottish Legal News today, retired judge Lord Uist explains why he supports the abolition of the 'not proven' verdict. There have been many suggestions that 'not proven' is logical because when we make claims about guilt or innocence we stray from certainty; the indicative mood is too strong for some. Yet in the absence of a system that recognises innocence or confers guilt, might courts not become mere umpires, instead of guarantors of justice?

Published 27 April 2021

Not proven: getting the numbers right

Professors James Chalmers, Fiona Leverick and Vanessa Munro take issue with recent claims about how often and in what sort of case the 'not proven' verdict is used.

Published 26 April 2021

Hamish Lean: When conservation and agriculture clash

Hamish Lean outlines an unusual environmental case that will be heard in the Court of Session next month.

Published 26 April 2021

Cameron Greig: An Introduction to CAADs

Cameron Greig takes a look at CAAD applications.

Published 23 April 2021

Ramsay Hall: Addressing modern slavery in the construction sector

Following the launch of a Police Scotland campaign aimed at tackling modern slavery concerns within the construction sector, Ramsay Hall outlines what modern slavery actually involves and what can be done when there's concern about its presence in the supply chain.

Published 23 April 2021

Patrick Christie: Bitcoin – Looks like garbage, sounds like garbage, smells like garbage

Yet some believe it’s pure gold?

Published 22 April 2021

Fraser Kane: HM Treasury launches consultation on regulation of ‘mini-bonds’

Fraser Kane looks at the shape of things to come for non-transferable debt securities.

Published 21 April 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Legal writing

Benjamin Bestgen this week encourages lawyers to consider the craft of writing. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 21 April 2021

Lisa Gregory: Stonehaven derailment offers more questions than answers

The publication yesterday of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) Interim Report on the derailment of a passenger train at Carmont, Aberdeenshire, last August offers more questions than answers, writes Lisa Gregory.

Published 20 April 2021

Kelly Hardman: Time factor as offshore wind worker concession deadline approaches

As it continues to grow its track record of contributions to Scotland’s renewables mission, the offshore wind sector is currently making all the right headlines, writes Kelly Hardman.

Published 20 April 2021

Ian Leach: Motor insurance in a post-Brexit Scotland

Scots law has had – and continues to have – many influences, from ancient Rome to the modern-day parliaments and courts. European, UK and Scottish legislation all continue to play a part in Scots law albeit that Brexit has greatly diminished the European influence in terms of new EU laws post-UK exit and enabled UK parliaments to depart from pre-exit EU laws where permissible.

Published 19 April 2021

David Black: This land is certainly not your land, says US copyright law

A terrible fate potentially awaits any Scottish folk troubadour lacking knowledge of US copyright law should he or she be tempted to record or sing in public a Scottish variant of Woody Guthrie’s great American anthem This Land is your Land, This Land is my Land, for they could find themselves facing the wrath of a US court which, for all that flag-waving about First Amendment rights to free expression, takes a very dim view of such pernickety matters as copyright breach.

Published 19 April 2021

Quis: Tutoring of witnesses

Quis provides some advice on 'court craft'. Th

Published 16 April 2021