Katy Angus: Implications for hearing loss claims – Goldscheider v Royal Opera House

In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal has unanimously agreed the Royal Opera House (ROH) Covent Garden failed to take reasonable steps to prevent injury to viola player Christopher Goldscheider during a 2012 rehearsal of the Wagner opera, Die Walkure. As a result of his injury, Mr Goldscheider suffered acoustic shock and was left unable to work as a musician, writes Katy Angus.

Published 3 May 2019

Jonathan Tait: Copyright Directive designed to help creatives

The Council of the EU this month gave final approval to the Copyright Directive – a highly controversial piece of legislation aimed at striking a fair balance between the profits made by internet platforms and the creatives whose content they make accessible to users. Although the rules are set to come into force in 2021 when the UK will (likely) no longer be part of the EU, the government has already said it plans to adopt the measures.

Published 1 May 2019

Scott Clair: Litigation has entered the 21st century

Scott Clair, solicitor at Balfour+Manson, explores how innovative processes can make dispute resolution quicker, easier and cheaper in the 21st century.

Published 29 April 2019

Ken Dalling: At last – an increase in Scottish legal aid fees

Ken Dalling, principal of Dalling Solicitors in Stirling and a member of both the Council and the Board of the Law Society of Scotland, writes on today's three per cent increase in fees for legal aid lawyers.

Published 26 April 2019

Euan Smith: Germany knows Scotland is open for business

Euan Smith, partner and corporate immigration specialist at Pinsent Masons, writes on a new Scottish-German initiative backed by the firm.

Published 26 April 2019

Jodi Gordon: Time to consider lifetime driving bans instead of prison sentences

Jodi Gordon, partner at Road Traffic Accident Law (Scotland) LLP, makes the case for lengthy driving bans instead of prison sentences following road fatalities.

Published 25 April 2019

Laura Brennan: Greater awareness needed of tactics of quick home buy companies

Laura Brennan, trainee solicitor at Govan Law Centre, explains the pitfalls of giving equity away to a quick home buy company in times of financial distress.

Published 25 April 2019

Jamie Dunne: Competition crackdown – five lessons for construction businesses

Given a number of Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accusations against key suppliers to the construction sector, Jamie Dunne from Brodies has looked into the issue in more detail.

Published 24 April 2019

James Lloyd: Homeowners are being caught out by trust deeds

James Lloyd, partner at Harper Macleod, writes on how people are being caught out by the requirement for homeowners to remortgage or sell their property at the end of a trust deed to realise the capital.

Published 23 April 2019

Alison McAteer and Megan Lafferty: The issues to watch for Scottish insurance lawyers

Alison McAteer, senior solicitor at Brodies LLP and president of Tomorrow’s FOIL (Forum of Insurance Lawyers), and Megan Lafferty, associate at Clyde & Co (Scotland LLP) and Scottish representative of Tomorrow's FOIL, write on the issues facing insurance lawyers in Scotland.

Published 18 April 2019

Alyson Cowan: Importance of limitation clauses in collateral warranties

Alyson Cowan, solicitor in the commercial real estate team at Morton Fraser, writes on the importance of limitation clauses in collateral warranties.

Published 18 April 2019

Tracy Kirk: Should smacking a child be against the law?

Tracy Kirk makes the case for banning child smacking in Scotland.

Published 16 April 2019

Blog: Twenty years of the National Minimum Wage

Eleanor Mannion and Laurie Anderson look back on the last 20 years of the minimum wage.

Published 16 April 2019

Brent Haywood: Student anti-abortion group case highlights ambit of Equality Act

Brent Haywood looks at a case in which a student anti-abortion group was denied affiliation and how it availed itself of the Equality Act.

Published 15 April 2019

Megan Briggs: By order of the Peaky Blinders

In an age where viral marketing and social media reign supreme, establishing the best method of enforcing your intellectual property rights (“IPR”) can be a thorny issue. Recent years have seen large companies take an increasingly creative approach to managing their IPR, especially trade marks and copyright, often to great effect, writes Megan Briggs.

Published 11 April 2019