Rachel Henry: Words and their meaning in insurance contracts

Rachel Henry considers the importance of words and their meaning in insurance contracts.

Published 15 February 2021

Lucy Campbell: LGBT History Month – Caring for our Mind

Trainee Lucy Campbell reflects on mental health in the LGBTQ+ community.

Published 15 February 2021

Andrew Stevenson: Why we should not be pardoning witches

Solicitor advocate Andrew Stevenson describes Scotland's persecution of people deemed to be witches as "shameful and absurd", but explains why a pardon is not without its own problems.

Published 12 February 2021

Liam Entwistle: Employers should exercise caution on mandatory vaccinations

The introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for employees could create a variety of legal problems for companies, warns Liam Entwistle.

Published 12 February 2021

Gordon Deane: No duty of care owed to individual customer in APP fraud claim

There has been a huge rise in “authorised push payment” or “APP” fraud over recent years. The amounts involved in these scams can be significant, writes Gordon Deane.

Published 11 February 2021

Iain Young: Looking ahead to a year of (tax) change

Iain Young considers the year ahead in tax.

Published 11 February 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Paper abortions – equality in parenthood?

Should men be able to reject fatherhood without attracting legal obligations? Benjamin Bestgen considers this and other questions around abortion in this week's jurisprudential primer. See his last one here.

Published 10 February 2021

Thomas Ross QC: EncroChat – The Court of Appeal judgment

Thomas Ross QC dissects the latest judgment in the fascinating EncroChat saga.

Published 8 February 2021

Elizabeth Bremner: Employment law in 2021

Elizabeth Bremner takes a look at what 2021 has in store for employment law.

Published 8 February 2021

LGBT History Month: Deborah Allan – Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit

Deborah Allan takes stock of the steps taken in pursuit of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusivity. 

Published 8 February 2021

Alistair Bonnington: Not a bridge too far

The Scottish Parliament's Committee on the Handling of Harassment Complaints is reaching the most crucial stage of its difficult task. On Tuesday Alex Salmond gives evidence. After hearing the evidence of that crucial witness the committee will turn its attention to the evidence of Nicola Sturgeon.

Published 5 February 2021

Douglas J. Cusine: Disinheriting the family – who should be entitled to a fixed share?

I read with great interest, the article by Benjamin Bestgen The Rights of the Dead. My comment is directed solely at ”disinheriting the family”.

Published 5 February 2021

Jenny Dickson: The different scope of statutory inquiries across the UK

In recent times, we have seen an increase in the number and scope of public inquiries. A day doesn’t go by when the headlines don’t include reference to one of the current inquiries: Grenfell, Infected Blood, Child Abuse. In 2020, we represented clients at a number of high profile public inquiries. One thing which the prevalence of inquiries highlights is the importance of taking into account the potential that your client may require to respond to more than one inquiry, covering similar subject matter. This is most likely when your client has operations throughout the UK and may be involved in inquiries in different jurisdictions.

Published 5 February 2021

Shirley Phillips: Blended model of legal traineeships set to continue

Traditionally it has been understood that legal trainees learn best from experience in an office environment but with the advent of the pandemic, Shirley Phillips, director of people at Thorntons, believes that blended learning could enrich the education for trainee solicitors and will influence future cohorts.

Published 4 February 2021

Anne Miller: Landowners challenge notices to terminate telecomms leases

The case of EE Ltd and H3G Ltd v Duncan and others came before the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in the summer to be heard as a conjoined application. The case considered how the Electronic Communications Code contained within the Digital Economy Act 2017 applied to leases running by tacit relocation and notices served under Para 33(1) of the code. Anne Miller explains the case.

Published 3 February 2021