Allan Wernham: Law firms changing for the better

Five years on from Dundas & Wilson’s combination with CMS, we should not mourn the loss of Scottish law firm brands, writes Allan Wernham.

Published 20 May 2019

Jodi Gordon: Legislation needed now to protect at-risk road users and promote healthier living

Jodi Gordon calls for swift action on road safety to help tackle pollution and health problems.

Published 17 May 2019

Iain Mitchell: Lawyers get to grips with AI as revolution looms

Iain Mitchell QC clears some of the confusion surrounding artificial intelligence ahead of the AI Beyond the Hype event in Edinburgh this month.

Published 15 May 2019

Val Surgenor: Smart devices to get regulatory baseline security measures?

Val Surgenor takes a timeous look at cybersecurity in the context of smart devices.

Published 14 May 2019

Harry C. Smith: Proposed law offers new build homebuyers redress without the stress

With less than two months to respond to Graham Simpson MSP’s Proposed New-Build Homes (Buyer Protection) (Scotland) Bill, Harry C. Smith shares his views.

Published 13 May 2019

Michael Sheridan: Lawyers must respond to seismic changes proposed by Roberton Review

Michael Sheridan reflects on the changes proposed by the Roberton Review and the urgent need for Scots lawyers to participate in the discussion on the future of legal regulation.

Published 8 May 2019

David Cairns: Candid Camera?

In the recent case of Jacqueline Shuttleton v Procurator Fiscal, Glasgow, the High Court of Justiciary clarified the its earlier dicta in Gubinas and Radavicius v HM Advocate in respect of the status of CCTV footage in criminal trials, writes David Cairns.

Published 7 May 2019

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