Blog: Coronavirus support for commercial tenants

Janet McIntyre and Gary Thomas summarise the details of emergency legislation introduced in Scotland to prevent the eviction of commercial tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 6 April 2020

Neil Casey: Emergency changes to housing legislation in Scotland

Neil Casey guides landlords through the emergency changes to housing legislation in Scotland.

Published 3 April 2020

Darina Kerr: Coronavirus legislation spells changes for commercial property

Darina Kerr details the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill's provisions relevant to the commercial property sector.

Published 2 April 2020

Eamon Keane: Alarm bells ring over hearsay proposals

Solicitor Eamon Keane, early career fellow in criminal law and evidence at the University of Edinburgh, expresses 'considerable concern' over the Scottish government's hearsay reforms, which have passed stage one.

Published 1 April 2020

Annika Neukirch: Working Time (Coronavirus) Regulations – what you need to know

On 26 March 2020 the Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (WTCA Regulations) were made, coming into force with immediate effect. These regulations affect rights of workers to carry over holidays which they were unable to take due to coronavirus, writes Annika Neukirch.

Published 30 March 2020

Shaun George: Family law arbitration - how FLAGS can help during the pandemic

Shaun George explains how arbitration can help ease the strain of the pandemic on family law.

Published 30 March 2020

SLCC: Advice for practitioners and firms on service standards and complaints

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) sets out key information for practitioners and law firms during the pandemic.

Published 27 March 2020

Clare Francis: New podcast to give good counsel to GCs

It is encouraging that companies are pausing before enforcing some contractual rights in favour of a collaborative, pragmatic approach to issues caused by coronavirus.

Published 27 March 2020

Stephen McGowan: Which leisure and retail businesses can still trade and how?

On 25 March, the Scottish government published new guidance on social distancing for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including which businesses are allowed to remain open during the period of so-called “lockdown”. This comes into effect immediately, writes Stephen McGowan.

Published 26 March 2020

Naomi Pryde: Electronic service in Scotland – a necessary response to COVID-19?

The way we operate as an economy has changed, but the business world has adapted and changed with it. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all businesses to re-evaluate how they operate on a global level. Many businesses have responded by increasing their capacity to operate remotely, through the enhanced use of technology, social media and telecommunications. For law firms, providing support to their clients in the challenging times ahead is paramount. In order to do so, changes in the practical operation of the service of court documents is needed in Scotland in order to support the future needs of our clients.

Published 26 March 2020

Kelly Fraser: What RSLs need to know about coronavirus and data protection

All organisations across the world are facing challenges as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Kelly Fraser says many Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) will be concerned about what this means for their day-to-day operations.

Published 25 March 2020

Blog: First Scottish Electronic Communications Code decision highlights telecommunications operators' advantage

The first Scottish court decision on the Electronic Communications Code, which was introduced to the UK under the Digital Economy Act 2017, has been issued. It highlights the increase in power that telecommunications operators are now enjoying, write Gareth Hale and Sarah Peock.

Published 25 March 2020

Lynne McCaughey: Diversity and inclusion at Pinsent Masons

At Pinsent Masons diversity and inclusion (D&I) is an integral part of how we conduct our business. This most obviously benefits our 3,500 staff who work in 25 offices over four continents, but it also generates a great deal of interest from clients who are always interested in what we are doing in this space and in how we can support them with their own D&I agenda. 

Published 24 March 2020

Malcolm Combe: Landlord and tenant law in a time of crisis

Property law can seem boring and unimportant to some people at times. In the face of a crisis, property law often seems decidedly unimportant. People need to live somewhere, though, and opportunistic and/or thoughtless landlords might use a situation of crisis (or be completely or wilfully oblivious to a crisis) such that tenants find themselves in a sticky situation, writes Malcolm Combe. Rent control in the UK private rented sector was bor

Published 23 March 2020

Jonathan Seddon: Coronavirus and construction projects procured under JCT

Jonathan Seddon looks at the potential impact of coronavirus on UK construction projects being procured under JCT.

Published 20 March 2020