Articles



Michael Reid: Is the suspension of wrongful trading the right approach?

Michael Reid, managing partner at Aberdeen-based Meston Reid & Co, discusses the suspension of wrongful trading.

Published 27 May 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Law in Utopia

Benjamin Bestgen discusses law in utopian fiction. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 27 May 2020

Mark Lazarowicz: New hurdles for EU nationals who wish to become British citizens

A change in the immigration guidance issued by the Home Office is likely to make it much harder for many EU citizens in the UK to become British citizens. Prior to that change, an EU citizen who had acquired “Settled Status”, which gives them “indefinite leave to remain”, could rely on that to meet the requirement that they had resided in the UK that is necessary for a person who wishes to acquire UK nationality. After holding settled status for one year, they could then apply for naturalisation, or even sooner if they were married to a UK citizen. In that case, they could apply immediately they obtained settled status. Applicants would still need to pass the other tests before their application was granted, and pay an application fee.

Published 26 May 2020

Stuart McWilliams: Businesses restructuring should consider immigration implications

Stuart McWilliams details the immigration implications for businesses restructuring during the pandemic.

Published 22 May 2020

Donna Reynolds: A week in the life of a working mummy

Blackadders' Donna Reynolds details the trials and tribulations of life on lockdown. 

Published 22 May 2020

Tom Marshall: When is a factor not a factor?

The recent decision of the Inner House in Proven Properties (Scotland) Limited, reported in Scottish Legal News on 14 May, raises questions about the effectiveness, or at least the scope, of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011, writes Tom Marshall.

Published 21 May 2020

Michael Upton: The Electronic Communications Code – three new cases

At the end of 2017 the new Electronic Communications Code (enacted by the Digital Economy Act 2017, amending the Communications Act 2003) replaced the old 1984 Telecommunications Code. After two-and-a-half years, the new code is producing a steady flow of decisions, throwing some much-needed light on its meaning, writes Michael Upton.

Published 21 May 2020

Vulnerable adults and coronavirus in Scotland

Rachel Walker, solicitor and associate at the Legal Services Agency, discusses the provisions for vulnerable adults in the coronavirus legislation.

Published 20 May 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Judicial office and politics

Benjamin Bestgen considers judges and politics (click here to view his last jurisprudential primer). See also SLN's review of Lord Sumption's book dealing with the same theme.

Published 20 May 2020

Roddy Cormack: The return to work of construction designers

Roddy Cormack explores the role of designers in the return to operations for the construction industry in the midst of the pandemic.

Published 19 May 2020

James Hamilton: Edinburgh’s epidemics of the 19th century

James Hamilton, writing for the WS Society, explores how enlightenment values helped Edinburgh defeat the twin scourges of typhoid and cholera.

Published 19 May 2020

Douglas Mill: Journal of the plague year

Douglas Mill looks at the handling of the current crisis and its likely outcomes for the profession.

Published 18 May 2020

Karyn McCluskey: Progressive justice must have the last word on prisons

Karyn McCluskey explains why the status quo on prison numbers cannot continue.

Published 18 May 2020

Roger Connon: Remote working comes of age

Roger Connon extols the benefits of remote working as it looks set to become the new norm.

Published 18 May 2020

Frances Sim: Are we ready for a Scottish Erin Brockovich?

Frances Sim contrasts the opt-in and opt-out approaches to group proceedings.

Published 15 May 2020