Bruce Craig: HSE prosecutions at all time low but businesses must maintain standards

Health and safety expert Bruce Craig warns that while prosecutions for breaching health and safety laws are at record low levels, businesses have a duty to maintain the highest standards.

Published 9 January 2020

Angela Grahame QC: 2020 promises to be a year to remember

With the last echoes of the bells drifting into the distance, 2020 is firmly with us and it is time to get down to work. That might sound as though it is just another change of the calendar, but, for Scotland’s legal profession, this has the promise to be very much a year to remember.

Published 7 January 2020

James Lloyd: Supreme Court casts doubt on gratuitous alienations

The law governing gratuitous alienations is less certain that it was following a decision of the Supreme Court, writes James Lloyd.

Published 6 January 2020

Jack Boyle: 2020 starts with a bang for employment law

The Employment Tribunal has held that ethical veganism falls within scope of Equality Act 2010. Jack Boyle explains what happened.

Published 6 January 2020

Callum McInnes: Bridging finance – positive alternative funding or dangerous gamble?

Over the past five years or so, mainstream lenders have cut back and in many cases withdrawn lending altogether. This has made way for an alternative form of funding in the form of bridging finance, writes Callum McInnes.

Published 24 December 2019

Twenty years of family law in the Scottish Parliament

As part of the programme to mark 20 years since the creation of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has been publishing twenty “20 year” blog posts on SPICe Spotlight over the course of 2019. This blog, by Sarah Harvie-Clark, senior researcher (civil law) at SPICe, examines two decades of family law in the Scottish Parliament.

Published 24 December 2019

Maggie Moodie: Change is no bad thing

Business across almost every sector is undergoing significant change, and we can all see examples of new technologies and innovations disrupting “the way we do things”. The legal profession is not immune to this, writes Maggie Moodie.

Published 23 December 2019

Robin Dunlop: Finders keepers? Treasure Trove in Scotland

With the recent discovery of Bronze Age carved stone figures in Orkney, the Gold Ring at Loch Lomond reported earlier this year and the Kirkcudbright Viking treasure saga that rumbles on from 2017 the law of who is entitled to what on a treasure find is back in the headlines again, writes Robin Dunlop.

Published 20 December 2019

Iain Halliday: Will Santa be able to deliver presents to the UK after Brexit?

With Christmas, and Brexit, fast approaching, it is a good time to consider how Brexit could affect Santa’s annual task of delivering presents to the children of the UK, writes Iain Halliday.

Published 19 December 2019

Priya Cunningham: The darker side of the work Christmas party

While many joke about the pitfalls of doing something silly on a work night out at Christmas, there is also the darker issue of sexual harassment by a colleague, writes Watermans' Priya Cunningham.

Published 13 December 2019

Jonathan Seddon: The future is pre-fab

Jonathan Seddon determines the pros and cons of a modular approach to delivering homes compared to traditional building.

Published 12 December 2019

Rachael Kelsey: Villiers v Villiers at the Supreme Court

Writing for Scottish Legal News, Rachael Kelsey, lawyer for Mrs Villiers in Villiers v Villiers, discusses the details of the case, which was heard by the Supreme Court this week.

Published 11 December 2019

David Hossack: Mediation – the next steps

The Scottish government response to the independent review of mediation in Scotland has been issued this week. Ash Denham, legal affairs minister, has commented on momentum building towards mediation reform referring to proposals for review by (1) Scottish Mediation, (2) the Justice Committee report "I Won't See You In Court" from October 2018, (3) Martyn Evans' review into legal aid provision in Scotland "Rethinking Legal Aid from February 2018 and (4) consultation for proposals for a Private Member's Bill on aspects of mediation by Margaret Mitchell MSP.

Published 11 December 2019

Michael Vaughan: The employee and the whale

Lord Summers’ recent judgement in the case of Peebles Media Group Ltd v Patricia Kelly has no happy ending, describing as it does a situation that is increasingly common in the UK – ‘whaling fraud’. Unlike ‘phishing’ where fraudulent emails are sent to a large number of potential victims, hoping that one takes the bait, whaling is a more targeted form of cybercrime. Emails are sent, purporting to be from someone in senior management to a junior member of staff asking them to make a payment to a fictitious supplier. Michael Vaughan analyses the case.

Published 10 December 2019

Nicola Edgar: The value of your body

How is it possible to place a value on part of your body, unique to you and not usually measured in monetary terms? Nicola Edgar explains.

Published 10 December 2019