Gordon MacLure: HMRC preferential creditor status restored

Gordon MacLure details the steps businesses can take now to get some breathing space as the HMRC's preferential creditor status has now been restored.

Published 5 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Neurolaw – mental integrity and psychological continuity

In his latest jurisprudential primer, the third on neurolaw, Benjamin Bestgen details more technologies on the horizon which the law will have to get to grips with, including 'brainhacking' and 'memory engineering'.

Published 5 August 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Stuart Hendry on MBM Commercial’s ‘complete focus’ as it navigates the pandemic

In ordinary times, MBM Commercial would celebrate its August birthday alongside clients, sipping drinks and watching festival fireworks from an Edinburgh HQ that has a ringside view over the capital’s historic castle.

Published 4 August 2020

Ross Gardiner: Carbon capture and storage – the new normal on the UK Continental Shelf?

In this protracted period of societal and economic uncertainty, one thing seems certain – change is coming for the North Sea, writes Ross Gardiner.

Published 31 July 2020

Blog: Good news for claimants in construction adjudication

The Inner House has agreed that unenforceable parts of an adjudicator’s decision can be ‘severed off’, write Fraser Hopkins and Jilly Petrie.

Published 30 July 2020

Debbie Fellows: Spain quarantine rules and employment law

Debbie Fellows urges employers and staff to come to an arrangement on how to treat a period of quarantine for employment and pay purposes.

Published 30 July 2020

Alan McIntosh: Emergency debt laws should be extended, not repealed

Alan McIntosh calls for an extension to emergency laws aimed at helping Scots who are struggling financially in the midst of the pandemic.

Published 29 July 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Neurolaw – mental privacy

Benjamin Bestgen considers 'mind-reading' technology and the law in his latest jurisprudential primer. Read the last one here.

Published 29 July 2020

Gary McGovern: Policy vacuum risks blowing Scotland’s net zero carbon drive off course

Scotland will struggle to reach its net zero carbon targets unless Holyrood takes a swift and stronger grip on planning policy surrounding the deployment of taller turbine models, as well as a permissive approach to repowering of first-generation onshore windfarms with the latest technology, writes Gary McGovern.

Published 24 July 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Jodi Gordon on her route to success

As a sports-mad youngster with an obsession for TV show Ally McBeal, Jodi Gordon’s main ambition when she was growing up was to find a job that would allow her to combine her love for both. After studying at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh and beginning her career at personal injury law firm Thompsons Solicitors, she found what she was looking for at Cycle Law Scotland, the specialist firm she has been a partner of since December 2018.

Published 23 July 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Neurolaw – cognitive liberty

In the first of his 'neurolaw' articles, Benjamin Bestgen looks at how the law might accommodate advances in cognitive technology. See his last primer here. 

Published 22 July 2020

Ewan MacLeod: Scottish government proposes abolition of sustainable development presumption

Planning lawyer Ewan MacLeod provides detail on the Scottish government’s consultation on the future of Scottish Planning Policy and the removal of the current presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Published 21 July 2020

Alison Woods: Diversity dividend critical in post-Covid economy

As Scottish business faces one of the toughest-ever economic climates, employers may be questioning whether diversity and inclusion programmes – viewed by some as ‘nice to have’ rather than essential – should be abandoned, writes Alison Woods.

Published 21 July 2020

Fred Mackintosh QC: Practical problems with the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill

There is a real risk of unintended consequences from this noble attempt to provide greater clarity, transparency and consistency in hate crime law, writes Fred Mackintosh QC of Terra Firma Chambers.

Published 20 July 2020

Loretta Maxfield: EU organisations face compliance nightmare after Schrems II decision

Standard contractual clauses (SCCs) remain valid but the EU-US Privacy Shield has been struck down, explains Loretta Maxfield.

Published 20 July 2020