Articles



Rodney Whyte: Scots law missing a trick on ‘later living’ projects

Rodney Whyte, partner and specialist in residential land development at Pinsent Masons, looks at how Scots law is holding back "later living" developments.

Published 2 August 2019

Our Legal Heritage: The Great Scottish Witch Hunt of 1597

Lauren Brown looks back at the long summer of 1597 when Scotland was swept by witch-finding fever.

Published 2 August 2019

Michael Thomson: The self-crowning creditor?

Earlier this year the UK government consulted on crowning HMRC with a promoted ranking in the insolvency of corporates and individuals. This month, it has published the draft 2019-2020 Finance Bill containing the legislative provisions that will bring this coronation into law. Michael Thomson explains the details.

Published 1 August 2019

Gillian Craig: Notice requirements under the judicial spotlight again

The Inner House of the Court of Session has again considered the vexing issue of notice requirements, write Gillian Craig and Josh Grieveson.

Published 1 August 2019

Andrew Foyle: Calling up notices case raises more questions than answers

Andrew Foyle reasons that new case law on calling up notices has simply raised more questions for lawyers in search of answers.

Published 31 July 2019

Professor R. Daniel Kelemen: New leaders and old problems – Brexit and the rule of law crisis

Professor R. Daniel Kelemen, professor of political science and law and Jean Monnet chair in European Union politics at Rutgers University, writes on the change of leadership in the UK and the EU.

Published 31 July 2019

Stuart Clubb: To petition or not to petition?

Stuart Clubb highlights the significance of a recent decision of the Inner House of the Court of Session regarding the insolvency of Scottish companies carrying out business in India.

Published 30 July 2019

Alistair Wood: English bribery case highlights advantages of Scottish self-reporting system

Back in March, my colleague Tom Stocker discussed the findings of a House of Lords select committee which reviewed the 2010 Bribery Act, and specifically how businesses self-report suspected cases of bribery and corruption.

Published 26 July 2019

Kate Donachie: Discount rate for personal injury claims increases in England - but Scotland’s hands are tied

On 15 July, the Lord Chancellor announced that the discount rate for England and Wales would be increased from -0.75 per cent to -0.25 per cent. This is a lower increase than had been predicted and a disappointment for the insurance industry, who do not believe it will allow for an appropriate assessment of future loss claims (such as claims for future earnings or care); but what does the decision mean, if anything, for Scotland? Kate Donachie explains.

Published 26 July 2019

Jonathan Tait: FaceApp – fun on the face of it…

Jonathan Tait discusses the concerning details of a popular new app.

Published 25 July 2019

Jason Chester: Intellectual property is on the move

Jason Chester looks at the latest evolution in branding: the motion mark.

Published 24 July 2019

Duncan Milne: Taped talk can cost jobs and reputations

Duncan Milne, trainee solicitor at Blackadders, warns that employees secretly recording conversations in the workplace can be guilty of gross misconduct in some cases.

Published 23 July 2019

Jennifer Liddell: Civil partnerships to become open to all

The law on civil partnerships, north and south of the border, is set to change, writes Jennifer Liddell.

Published 22 July 2019

Ben Wilson: Scotland can lead the world by strengthening its Climate Change Bill

Ben Wilson details Scotland's legislative efforts to tame its carbon emissions amid a growing sense of urgency over climate change.

Published 19 July 2019

Karen Stachura: The dream that became a nightmare

Anyone who has purchased property knows just how stressful an experience it can be. In one particular case however, it turned into a nightmare, not only for the purchaser, but for their solicitors and ultimately their solicitors’ insurers, writes Karen Stachura.

Published 17 July 2019