Articles



Pent up demand boosts Edinburgh and Lothians property market

Neilsons looks at the release of pent up demand for property in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Published 7 September 2020

Sarah Stewart: Heat Networks Bill – will housebuilders warm up to it?

Sarah Stewart considers the Scottish government's Heat Networks Bill and its impact on the housing and heating industries.District heating, also known as a heat network, is a distribution system of insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source and delivers it to a number of domestic or non-domestic properties.

Published 4 September 2020

Blog: Limitation in Scottish abuse claim considered by High Court

The effect of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017, and whether a claim for historic abuse in Scotland should be allowed to proceed in the English courts, was considered by the High Court in its recent judgment, JXJ v The Province of Great Britain of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools (the de la Salle Brothers). DAC Beachcroft's Andrew Ireland, Adrienne Shepherd and Andrea Ward explain the details of the case.

Published 3 September 2020

Blog: Crossing the border – wealth protection in England and Scotland

Emily Pike and Rosie Taylor look at the implication of the recent case Villiers v Villiers on the issues of 'jurisdiction shopping', divorce law, trust law, inheritance, and powers of attorney.

Published 3 September 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Punishing companies

Benjamin Bestgen examines the available options for punishing companies and questions whether our current laws are appropriate.

Published 2 September 2020

New Zealand: Sentencing of Christchurch mass murderer explained

The sentencing of the man responsible for the shooting at two mosques in March 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand, took place over a number of days last week with the High Court judge (Justice Cameron Mander) imposing a sentence of life imprisonment without parole on 27 August 2020. Fergus Whyte and Chris Miller, two newly called advocates reflect on that decision which can be found here.

Published 2 September 2020

Blog: Ethical finance poised to unleash the green recovery

Peter Alderdice and Daniel Boynton from Shepherd and Wedderburn detail how ethical finance can kickstart the green recovery of Scotland's economy after COVID-19.

Published 1 September 2020

Bill Meldrum: New code of practice for commercial property should guide negotiations

Bill Meldrum presents the five key principles that should focus landlords' minds around how they interact with commercial tenants.

Published 31 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Moral companies?

Benjamin Bestgen this week considers the moral obligations of companies. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 26 August 2020

Our Legal Heritage: The lamb that strayed too far from home

In 1884, a lamb skipped its way into Scottish legal history after it entered unfriendly territory.

Published 25 August 2020

Reader’s letter: Lady Grange deserves a better memorial

A reader writes in response to our article from the Friday 21 August edition of Scottish Legal News: Our Legal Heritage: The adulterous judge who had his troublesome wife kidnapped and exiled to St Kilda.

Published 24 August 2020

Duncan Milne: Covid whistleblowing claims are inevitable

Duncan Milne warns employers over claims arising from the pandemic.

Published 24 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Animal rights

Benjamin Bestgen discusses the rights of animals in his latest jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 19 August 2020

David Lorimer: Jury centres in cinemas – the darker side

David Lorimer takes a look at the acquittal rate in last year's Scottish Mock Jury Trials and the 'Hollywood Effect'.

Published 18 August 2020

Stephen Phillips: Brexit blueprint threatens to strip power from Holyrood

Stephen Phillips discusses the UK government's Brexit blueprint in relation to policing trade between the different parts of the UK.

Published 17 August 2020