Lauren Smith: Climate legislation is there to be used

We will hear lots about net-zero targets and tackling climate change in the coming weeks as COP26 arrives in Glasgow. Scotland has set itself the ambitious target of reducing emissions of all greenhouse gases to net zero by 2045. The rest of the UK, in common with most other countries, is targeting 2050.

Published 25 October 2021

David Black: COP26 – Glasgow’s misadventure?

When 12 ships from the Crimean port of Kaffa docked at Messina, Sicily, in October 1347 they carried more than onward consignments of exotic articles from the ancient oriental silk route. They also brought the bacterium versinia pestis.

Published 25 October 2021

Phillip Kelly: Business use of AI – key considerations

With the business use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the rise, there are key legal and contractual risks that businesses using, or supplying, AI need to consider, writes Phillip Kelly.

Published 19 October 2021

Andrew Foyle: Expect a spike in negligence claims as lenders take hit from pandemic

A clear correlation can be observed between an economic downturn and the number of claims against professionals for negligence that come before the courts. During the economic crisis of 2008 and subsequent years, the number of claims for negligence rose considerably. Noticeably, lenders, including high street banks were at the forefront of this upturn in claims with surveyors and solicitors primarily the target of court actions.

Published 18 October 2021

Ariane Burgess: Have your say on short-term lets

Ariane Burgess MSP, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Agenda, is urging Scottish residents to have their say on short-term lets legislation.

Published 15 October 2021

Letter: Idiocracy

Douglas Adams said “we live in strange times” and Plato added to his own comment about “strange times” the words: “and he who dares tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool/liar.”

Published 15 October 2021

Lawyer of the Month: Rosalie Chadwick

Although Rosalie Chadwick had aspirations of being a fighter pilot, not a lawyer, she eventually decided to take the latter option partly because of what she describes as her stubborn streak. That desire to stand up to opposition, rather than shy away from heated discussion, is likely to serve her well in her role as global head of oil and gas at Pinsent Masons.

Published 14 October 2021

MurrayBlackburnMackenzie: Legislating for hate crimes against women – regaining trust in the process

Dr Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn and Lisa Mackenzie of MurrayBlackburnMackenzie take issue with the omission of the sex characteristic in Scotland’s hate crime framework and the lack of transparency in the work of the Kennedy group.

Published 12 October 2021

Jack Freeland: The steps to take to apply for a spouse or partner visa from the United States

Immigration lawyer Jack Freeland looks at the latest rules for UK-US travel.

Published 11 October 2021

Andrew Stevenson: A good day for hypocrisy

Solicitor advocate Andrew Stevenson, secretary of the Scottish Law Agents’ Society, points out the irony in the bizarre remarks of the Scottish Greens yesterday that this week's Supreme Court judgment marked a "dark day for democracy". Their claims call into question the independence of the British judiciary, whose most senior figure wrote the book on human rights in Scotland – literally.

Published 8 October 2021

Joanne Gillies: Winding up petitions – new law gives small firms breathing space

The UK government has introduced legislation designed to support small businesses following the end of restrictions on winding up petitions on 30 September, writes Joanne Gillies.

Published 8 October 2021

Retrospective justice: The dead have no lawyers

Despite recent fashionable and temporary claims to the contrary, individuals are complex. David Black makes a plea in mitigation for the rightly reviled Henry Dundas. But what of Marie Stopes, eugenicist and Nazi sympathiser, who sent love poetry to the Führer himself? A blue plaque in Abercromby Place in Edinburgh pays homage to her. Are we simply lawyers for those we deem to be on our 'team'; those with whom we share personal attributes whose daily salience is subject to the whims of cultural commissars? Or, do we consider people in the round? Whatever the case, silence speaks volumes. See part one here.

Published 6 October 2021

Zoe McDonnell: Upcoming changes to driving laws

Zoe McDonnell details new driving offences soon to find their way onto the statute book.

Published 5 October 2021

Retrospective justice: do the long deceased have rights?

David Black considers the standard of moral perfection to which we hold figures from the past and the opportunity for self-aggrandisement it creates in the present.

Published 5 October 2021

Audrey Ferrie: Government should support hospitality in its time of need

The governments across the UK and local authorities should consider further reducing burdens, and extending supportive measures for the hospitality industry, to boost its fragile recovery from the pandemic, writes Audrey Ferrie.

Published 4 October 2021