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Michael Upton: Communications Code conundrums (or is that conundra?)

A new Electronic Communications Code judgment is another wolf placed among the yearling sheep as far as mobile phone operators are concerned, writes Michael Upton.

Published 17 July 2020

Bruce Craig: Could HSE gold standard drop to silver or bronze after Brexit?

In the understandable tsunami of media coverage in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to forget that, as matters stand, the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU ends in less than six months’ time, writes Bruce Craig.

Published 17 July 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Death penalty revisited

Benjamin Bestgen discusses the death penalty in this week's jurisprudential primer. See his last one here.

Published 15 July 2020

Claire Mitchell QC: My first experience of the virtual appeal court

Last week, I made my first virtual appearance in the Appeal Court to conduct an appeal against conviction and sentence. Unlike other courts, virtual appearances are nothing new – the appellants in sentence appeals having been appearing by way of video link since 2013 – however this was the first time for me that all parties were appearing on screen.

Published 13 July 2020

Lawyer of the Month: Rachael Kelsey

When the Supreme Court gave its decision in long-running matrimonial dispute Villiers v Villiers this month it handed a significant victory to Edinburgh law firm SKO Family Law.

Published 10 July 2020

Lisa Dromgoole: Should dispute resolution be at the ‘Heart’ of every contract?

Construction lawyer Lisa Dromgoole considers the parallels between Hearts and Partick Thistle’s legal battle with the SPFL and alternative dispute resolution in the building sector.

Published 9 July 2020

John Macleod: Common problems – BAM TCP Atlantic Square Limited v BT plc

Dr John Macleod of Edinburgh Law School examines inaccuracy and the offside goals rule in light of a recent case in the Outer House.

Published 8 July 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Twenty-first century lie detection – part two

In part two of his primer on lie-detection, Benjamin Bestgen tells us what actually works. See part one here.

Published 8 July 2020

Elaine McIlroy: Update on coronavirus travel corridors and EU travel restrictions

There have been recent changes to the rules on travel to the UK and to the EU arising out of COVID-19. So, what are the key things employers need to know in relation to business visits and travel arrangements involving their staff? Elaine McIlroy explains.

Published 7 July 2020

Stephen McGowan: Three steps forward for Scottish hospitality industry

Stephen McGowan comments on the latest lockdown updates for the hospitality industry.

Published 6 July 2020

Nicola Buchanan: Law on civil partnerships and marriage continues to evolve

Nicola Buchanan explains the details of the civil partnership regime in Scotland.

Published 6 July 2020

Letting Agent Code of Practice: New study reveals subjective approach to compensation

A recent study conducted on behalf of the Legal Services Agency seeks to examine the valuation of compensation awards in the two years following the introduction of the Letting Agent Code of Practice. LSA volunteers and Glasgow School of Law graduates Alice Dalkin, Caitlin Perring and Marianne Wilson detail its findings.

Published 2 July 2020

Rachael Kelsey: Supreme Court issues judgment on competing Anglo-Scots divorce and maintenance claims

The long-awaited Supreme Court judgment in Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 has been handed down this morning. SKO's Rachael Kelsey has acted for the successful respondent, Mrs Villiers, since 2014 and gives a short summary of the 74-page decision.

Published 1 July 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: 21st century lie detection – part one

Benjamin Bestgen gives us the truth about methods of lie detection. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 1 July 2020

Sean White: The virtual courtroom – experiences of an instructing solicitor

Sean White was an instructing solicitor in one of the first virtual appeal hearings before the Inner House of the Court of Session and in the first virtual Court of Session commercial proof. Here he discusses his experiences of the virtual courtroom so far.

Published 29 June 2020