Blog: Age of change in the workplace

As employment tribunal claim numbers rise across the UK, Natasha Meikle and Claire McKee look at the biggest issue on the topic of age discrimination facing the courts (not to mention public sector employers and their employees) in 2019.

Published 9 April 2019

Elizabeth Rose: Duty of care owed by junior clinicians clarified

On 22nd March 2019, Lord Pentland found in favour of the pursuer in respect of his medical negligence claim against Greater Glasgow Health Board and awarded £187,606.27 in damages. Lord Pentland’s opinion makes for a rather encouraging read for those who act for pursuers in these often complex actions. In particular, it contains helpful clarification on the duty of care owed by junior clinicians, as well as advocating a common sense approach when it comes to proving causation. Elizabeth Rose, of Drummond Miller, the firm that acted for the pursuer, examines the case.

Published 5 April 2019

Stephen Cowan: Summary warrants – could you get bitten?

Stephen Cowan looks at summary warrants and their effects and powers.

Published 5 April 2019

Max Chassels: HMRC tax relief proposals for main residences – what you need to know

On Monday 1 April HMRC launched a consultation regarding two changes to Private Residence Relief (PRR) which were announced in the 2018 Budget. PRR applies to the sale of a property which has been the owner’s only, or main, residence at some point during the ownership period. Max Chassels explains the details of the proposed changes.

Published 5 April 2019

Caroline Gillespie: Domestic abuse law makes strides with new act

Caroline Gillespie reflects on the development of the law on domestic abuse as new legislation comes into force today.

Published 1 April 2019

Michael Upton: Scots law in 3000 AD - A retrospective

This is the text of a lecture given on 1 April 3000 A.D. by Professor Jonathan Yǔyàn, professor of primitive law at Baffinland University. Michael Upton, advocate, M.C.I.Arb., at the Hastie Stable, has secured a translation from the Chinese, through a wormhole in the space-time continuum.

Published 1 April 2019

Mark Hastings: 'I’m late, I’m late for a very important date'

The White Rabbit’s plaintive cries in Alice in Wonderland also struck a chord over the question of lateness and the consequences of this in the reported Scottish case of Anji Mannas v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland, writes Mark Hastings.

Published 29 March 2019

Jamie Meechan: April changes in employment law

April is always a busy time of year for employers, and April 2019 will be no different. Jamie Meechan outlines some of the key changes to look out for.

Published 29 March 2019

Lynda Ross: The demolished development and the silent clock

A dispute about a demolished housing development in Midlothian has shown how a claim against consultants can be time barred before it is even known that there is a claim to be pursued. Is it time to change the law? The Scottish government already has. It has passed the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 and the date for it coming into force is awaited, writes Lynda Ross.

Published 28 March 2019

Craig Asbury: Disclosure in the age of #MeToo

The recent high ­profile ­sexual harassment ­cases in the media, and the growing momentum of the #MeToo ­movement, has prompted closer examination of how businesses are responding to such incidents in the workplace, writes Craig Asbury.

Published 26 March 2019

Tom Stocker: England leading the way on settling bribery cases?

Tom Stocker contrasts English DPAs and the Scottish civil settlement regime in the context of a parliamentary inquiry into bribery legislation, at which he himself gave evidence.

Published 22 March 2019

Our Legal Heritage: Test of the bahr-recht

In many of his works Sir Walter Scott referred to real cases and described real criminal court room procedure, drawing on his legal training and experience as an advocate. He once wrote:

Published 22 March 2019

Professor Thom Brooks: Bercow's Brexit decision is legally correct

Thom Brooks, dean and professor of law and government at Durham Law School, writes on the latest development in the Brexit saga.

Published 19 March 2019

Brenda Mitchell: Victims must have the right to see collision investigation reports

Brenda Mitchell, senior partner at Motorcycle Law Scotland, writes on issues with current practice around collision investigation reports.

Published 18 March 2019

PwC: Taking stock of the past five years – and building resilience for the next five

By Leon Hutchinson, senior manager at PwC

Published 15 March 2019