Louise Usher: Forstater v CGD Europe – are gender critical beliefs protected under the Equality Act?

Louise Usher looks at the implication of the recent case of Maya Forstater, a woman who succeeded in an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal after losing her job for saying people cannot change their biological sex.

Published 24 June 2021

James McFarlane: Ships in the night – UK and EU diverge on Safe Harbour

Since the beginning of the millennium, the USA and the EU Member States have created and implemented legislation intended to provide limited exceptions to hosts’ liability when illegal or infringing content has been uploaded by internet users, writes James McFarlane.

Published 23 June 2021

Stuart Robertson: Redundancy might not be the only option for employers

With 30 September signaling the termination of furlough support from the UK government, barring any change of heart, it is inevitable that many employers will be reducing headcount, writes Stuart Robertson.

Published 22 June 2021

Scott Rodger: The CMA’s ‘greenwashing’ safeguards

What is the CMA doing about 'greenwashing'? Scott Rodger explains all.

Published 21 June 2021

Elizabeth Denham: Use of live facial recognition technology in public is deeply concerning

Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, expresses serious concern over facial recognition technology.

Published 18 June 2021

Bruce Craig: New expenses regime looms

New rules have been introduced into Scottish courts that mean from 30 June, the majority of parties seeking damages for personal injuries or death will not be liable for the expenses of their opponent if their action fails, writes Bruce Craig.

Published 18 June 2021

Scott Styles: Reforming the roles of Lord Advocate and Solicitor General

Scott Styles suggests how reform of the offices of Lord Advocate and Solicitor General might be achieved.

Published 16 June 2021

Shirley Wyles: Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes

Shirley Wyles reminds us of the delayed fire safety regime and its legal aspects.

Published 14 June 2021

Karen Stachura: Future proofing – are virtual courts here to stay?

Karen Stachura writes about the pros and cons of the virtual court system that has emerged over the past year.

Published 11 June 2021

Orthodoxy on trial IV: So long, psychogenia – but not quite yet

In the final part of his medico-legal series, David J Black explores how Covid-19 has thrown into relief the maltreatment of ME/CFS victims. The boon to life sciences afforded by the pandemic and the huge sums invested in researching Long Covid have left the psychogenic hypothesis a sinking ship. The plight of ME/CFS sufferers is out of sight, out of mind no longer – a day of reckoning is coming. See also: parts one, two and three.

Published 10 June 2021

Lawyer of the Month: Nicola Rylatt

When Nicola Rylatt lost her husband Chris to suicide in 2017 it made her reassess her work priorities. The couple had been married for a year and, having begun her career as an asylum and immigration lawyer before moving to Swiss-based NGO Shelter Centre, Ms Rylatt was working in the Geneva office of international law firm Sidley Austin. When her husband died, she returned to her native Scotland and embarked on a journey that has led her into her current role as principal solicitor at Lanarkshire Community Law Centre.

Published 9 June 2021

Patrick Christie: A tale of four Investors

Where should I put my money? This seems like a simple question, but it is faced by every investor and saver, writes Patrick Christie.

Published 9 June 2021

Scott McGeachy: European Commission publishes final version of New Standard Contractual Clauses

The European Commission has published the final version of the new Standard Contractual Clauses (New SCCs). This is an important development for multinational companies, and for any business that engages in international data transfers, writes Scott McGeachy.

Published 8 June 2021

Orthodoxy on trial III: Did flawed science beget flawed law?

In part three of his series on the ME/CFS saga, David J Black examines the durability of medical dogma in the face of facts and the risk of a new psychogenic orthodoxy prevailing with a generation of Long Covid sufferers, whose malady bears a striking resemblance to ME/CFS. See also: parts one and two.

Published 8 June 2021

Orthodoxy on trial II: Dominance by induction

David J Black looks at the shameful treatment of ME/CFS sufferers in the second part of his medico-legal series. Read part one here.

Published 3 June 2021