Articles



Hamish Lean: When conservation and agriculture clash

Hamish Lean outlines an unusual environmental case that will be heard in the Court of Session next month.

Published 26 April 2021

Cameron Greig: An Introduction to CAADs

Cameron Greig takes a look at CAAD applications.

Published 23 April 2021

Ramsay Hall: Addressing modern slavery in the construction sector

Following the launch of a Police Scotland campaign aimed at tackling modern slavery concerns within the construction sector, Ramsay Hall outlines what modern slavery actually involves and what can be done when there's concern about its presence in the supply chain.

Published 23 April 2021

Patrick Christie: Bitcoin – Looks like garbage, sounds like garbage, smells like garbage

Yet some believe it’s pure gold?

Published 22 April 2021

Fraser Kane: HM Treasury launches consultation on regulation of ‘mini-bonds’

Fraser Kane looks at the shape of things to come for non-transferable debt securities.

Published 21 April 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Legal writing

Benjamin Bestgen this week encourages lawyers to consider the craft of writing. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 21 April 2021

Lisa Gregory: Stonehaven derailment offers more questions than answers

The publication yesterday of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) Interim Report on the derailment of a passenger train at Carmont, Aberdeenshire, last August offers more questions than answers, writes Lisa Gregory.

Published 20 April 2021

Kelly Hardman: Time factor as offshore wind worker concession deadline approaches

As it continues to grow its track record of contributions to Scotland’s renewables mission, the offshore wind sector is currently making all the right headlines, writes Kelly Hardman.

Published 20 April 2021

Ian Leach: Motor insurance in a post-Brexit Scotland

Scots law has had – and continues to have – many influences, from ancient Rome to the modern-day parliaments and courts. European, UK and Scottish legislation all continue to play a part in Scots law albeit that Brexit has greatly diminished the European influence in terms of new EU laws post-UK exit and enabled UK parliaments to depart from pre-exit EU laws where permissible.

Published 19 April 2021

David Black: This land is certainly not your land, says US copyright law

A terrible fate potentially awaits any Scottish folk troubadour lacking knowledge of US copyright law should he or she be tempted to record or sing in public a Scottish variant of Woody Guthrie’s great American anthem This Land is your Land, This Land is my Land, for they could find themselves facing the wrath of a US court which, for all that flag-waving about First Amendment rights to free expression, takes a very dim view of such pernickety matters as copyright breach.

Published 19 April 2021

Quis: Tutoring of witnesses

Quis provides some advice on 'court craft'. Th

Published 16 April 2021

Iain Penman: Permanent changes to Scotland’s bankruptcy laws following Covid-19

Iain Penman discusses the changes to Scotland's bankruptcy laws in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 14 April 2021

Ian Mitchell: ‘Not proven’ – the case in favour

Last week Sheriff (rtd.) Douglas Cusine contributed an article to Scottish Legal News entitled ‘Not proven’ debate lacks clarity. In it, he said, “For me, a ‘not proven’ verdict reflects what we have all experienced, and that is, ‘I’m just not sure.” Speaking for others, he said, “It may be that the ‘not proven’ verdict is seen by some as a message along the lines of 'We know you did it, but it has not been proven'.”

Published 13 April 2021

Alastair Shepherd recalls halcyon days of traineeship as 40 years in law come to a close

Alastair K Shepherd reflects on the traineeship he began in 1981 as he retires this month, having spent four decades in the law.

Published 13 April 2021

Jennifer Stewart: Stand and deliver – your face mask or your job

Jennifer Stewart details an interesting case on an employee's refusal to wear a mask and his subsequent dismissal.

Published 13 April 2021