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Blog: Tis the season to be jolly (well, within reason)

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2214 provides a stark, timely reminder of both the personal and legal consequences of what can happen when work outings turn for the worse, write Alan Strain and Kieran Buxton.

Published 19 November 2018

Blog: Copyright fails the taste test

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment in the case of Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV which asserted that the taste of food does not attract protection as a copyrighted work. Rebecca Henderson and Jennifer Dool examine the case.

Published 15 November 2018

Theresa Hunt: A cocktail of licensing changes

Theresa Hunt highlights important changes in the licensing landscape.

Published 15 November 2018

Scottish-American lawyer Allan Rooney on laws of success

Allan Rooney, founding partner of Rooney Nimmo and president of the Scottish Bar Association of New York (ScotBarNY), reflects on the qualities needed to succeed in business.

Published 14 November 2018

Alan McIntosh: Broken laws not the prescription for solving problem debts

Alan McIntosh writes on problem debt ahead of tomorrow's meeting of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee.

Published 12 November 2018

Elaine Motion: Brexit case highlights how language matters in both law and politics

Elaine Motion, executive chairman at Balfour+Manson, writes on the significance of language in the Article 50 case currently before the courts.

Published 12 November 2018

Blog: ‘Smash and Grab’: The Appeal

Rebecca Barrass provides an insight on a Court of Appeal ruling into a ‘smash and grab’ construction case.

Published 12 November 2018

Blog: Sciotto case enjoins employers to tread lightly over rights of fixed term employees

The recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case of Sciotto v Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma serves as a great reminder to employers in the arts industry of the complexities involved in employing fixed-term employees, write John Macmillan and Conor Whittaker.

Published 7 November 2018

Bruce Wood: Can Scotland really be the best place to do business?

Bruce Wood reflects on the slow pace of change in updating the moveable transactions regime.

Published 6 November 2018

Matthew Scott: ECtHR blasphemy law judgment is dreadful

The BarristerBlogger, Matthew Scott, takes a comprehensive look at the European Court of Human Rights' recent blasphemy judgment and finds it severely wanting.

Published 31 October 2018

Alan McIntosh: The Debt Arrangement Scheme (improved formula)

The Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme has jokingly had its acronym, DAS, compared with a famous washing powder (Daz), the idea being it washes away debts, which is appropriate. Like many a washing powder, it has been through numerous re-launches, with each promising to be better than the last, writes Alan McIntosh.

Published 29 October 2018

Val Surgenor: Court of Appeal hold Morrison’s liable for data breach

Val Surgenor examines the recent Morrison's case from south of the border.

Published 24 October 2018

Jim Herd: Personal injury claims – employer's responsibility at the Christmas Party

To what extent is an employer vicariously liable for the wrongful actions of its staff which take place outwith the usual ambit of daily workplace activities? Jim Herd looks at a recent English judgment on the issue.

Published 19 October 2018

Opinion: Civil cases for rape are access to justice, not destruction of justice

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) and JustRight Scotland (JRS) are deeply concerned by the publication of the article in this week’s Herald: “Stuart Waiton: Scots men are at risk of being branded ‘rapist’ for political reasons” and subsequent blog in Scottish Legal News: “Do civil rape cases mark 'destruction of justice'?”.

Published 18 October 2018

Eamon Keane responds to Dr Stuart Waiton’s opinion column on rape and civil law

Solicitor Eamon Keane responds in a personal capacity to yesterday's piece by Dr Stuart Waiton. The views expressed are his own.

Published 17 October 2018