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Michelle Essen: Construction issues in the election manifestos – a Scottish view

Michelle Essen outlines what the election manifestos have in store for the VAT Reverse Charge, the Apprenticeship Levy and Skills Shortage, and Modern Methods of Construction. 

Published 9 December 2019

Keith Patterson: Manifesto snapshot for renewables lawyers

Elections, elections

Published 6 December 2019

Paul Bradfield: International Criminal Court must meet challenges head-on

Paul Bradfield, former prosecution lawyer at the International Criminal Court, considers the future of the court.

Published 4 December 2019

Stuart Clubb: Supreme Court gratuitous alienation decision gives with one hand but takes with the other

Stuart Clubb looks at today’s decision by the Supreme Court in MacDonald and another v Carnbroe Estates Ltd.

Published 4 December 2019

Rachael Kelsey: Scots family lawyers embrace software tool for clients

SKO is one of the first of a dozen or so firms in Scotland to go live with a new online tool, designed specifically for Scots family law matters. The tool is already being used by over 50 firms south of the border and another 150 in Australia and New Zealand, writes Rachael Kelsey.

Published 3 December 2019

Tamar Tammes: How can focus on gender balance pay real dividends for your business?

Taking gender concerns seriously can be a commercial boon to companies, explains Tamar Tammes.

Published 3 December 2019

Ewan McIntyre: A legal letter from Lyon ‘part trois’ - c’est fini

Ewan McIntyre is a consultant to Burness Paull and expert in professional negligence and financial services litigation with over 25 years’ experience. He is currently enjoying a secondment with Racine, one of the main independent French law firms, in its Lyon office.

Published 29 November 2019

Gavin Buchan: New kids on the block in commercial property financing are here to stay

Gavin Buchan discusses how the rise of new finance possibilities is a positive development for all.

Published 29 November 2019

Katy Wedderburn: Gender pay gap reporting 2020 – are you ready?

Katy Wedderburn and Kirsty Fryer look at the 2020 gender pay gap regime.

Published 28 November 2019

Lynda Towers: Children (Scotland) Bill – what you need to know

Lynda Towers takes a look at what the Children (Scotland) Bill might mean for Scotland’s youth.

Published 26 November 2019

Greg Flett: Everything but the kitchen sink – how to resist an adjudicator’s award

The case of Dickie & Moore Limited v The trustees of the Lauren McLeish Discretionary Trust is a good example of how, sometimes, a scattergun approach is best used to try to resist an adjudicator’s award, writes Greg Flett.

Published 19 November 2019

Ewan McIntyre: Lyon, Paris, and Pétunia the lap dog - A legal letter from France ‘part deux’

Ewan McIntyre is a consultant to Burness Paull and expert in professional negligence and financial services litigation with over 25 years’ experience. He is currently enjoying a secondment with Racine, one of the main independent French law firms, in its Lyon office.

Published 18 November 2019

David Bell: Accounting issues in unfair prejudice claims

David Bell considers unfair prejudice claims in business disputes and how the role of the forensic accountant can play a part in resolving these.

Published 15 November 2019

Our Legal Heritage: Faculty’s Royal Mile buildings

As you would expect of properties in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Faculty of Advocates’ Lord Reid Building and Mackenzie Building are steeped in history.

Published 15 November 2019

Julie Hamilton: Spotlight on mediation

Julie Hamilton considers the role of mediation in commercial litigation and whether the flexibility it offers may be the route to avoiding, or at least limiting, the disputes that get to court.

Published 12 November 2019