As someone who has worked in an M&A specialist law firm, I have great respect for the important role these lawyers play in advising clients involved in a transaction. It is, however, surprising that tax considerations are often overlooked in the initial stages of the deal process only to have tax advisors called in at the eleventh hour to fix a situation that has often developed into a deal breaker or a significant sticking point between clients.
Published 30 May 2019
The differences between Scotland and England on personal injury compensation may increase in the coming months, writes Kirsty Yuill.
Published 28 May 2019
The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on 25 May 2018. As GDPR approaches its first birthday, what should be on your to-do list? Martin Sloan shares his top five actions that will help to ensure you remain GDPR compliant.
Published 23 May 2019
David Lorimer, PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen, analyses a new Northern Ireland report into reforming the law on serious sexual offences. He argues what is law for the accused should be law for the complainer.
Published 23 May 2019
Advocate Michael Upton, M.C.I.Arb., of Hastie Stable, summarises two recent cases on the new Electronics Communications Code.
Published 22 May 2019
Steve Dougherty challenges the shortcomings of the current planning and regulatory system and asks if a quasi-free market approach would appeal to some prospective home-owners in Scotland.
Published 21 May 2019
Five years on from Dundas & Wilson’s combination with CMS, we should not mourn the loss of Scottish law firm brands, writes Allan Wernham.
Published 20 May 2019
Jodi Gordon calls for swift action on road safety to help tackle pollution and health problems.
Published 17 May 2019
Iain Mitchell QC clears some of the confusion surrounding artificial intelligence ahead of the AI Beyond the Hype event in Edinburgh this month.
Published 15 May 2019
Val Surgenor takes a timeous look at cybersecurity in the context of smart devices.
Published 14 May 2019
With less than two months to respond to Graham Simpson MSP’s Proposed New-Build Homes (Buyer Protection) (Scotland) Bill, Harry C. Smith shares his views.
Published 13 May 2019
Michael Sheridan reflects on the changes proposed by the Roberton Review and the urgent need for Scots lawyers to participate in the discussion on the future of legal regulation.
Published 8 May 2019
In the recent case of Jacqueline Shuttleton v Procurator Fiscal, Glasgow, the High Court of Justiciary clarified the its earlier dicta in Gubinas and Radavicius v HM Advocate in respect of the status of CCTV footage in criminal trials, writes David Cairns.
Published 7 May 2019
In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal has unanimously agreed the Royal Opera House (ROH) Covent Garden failed to take reasonable steps to prevent injury to viola player Christopher Goldscheider during a 2012 rehearsal of the Wagner opera, Die Walkure. As a result of his injury, Mr Goldscheider suffered acoustic shock and was left unable to work as a musician, writes Katy Angus.
Published 3 May 2019
The Council of the EU this month gave final approval to the Copyright Directive – a highly controversial piece of legislation aimed at striking a fair balance between the profits made by internet platforms and the creatives whose content they make accessible to users. Although the rules are set to come into force in 2021 when the UK will (likely) no longer be part of the EU, the government has already said it plans to adopt the measures.
Published 1 May 2019