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

Peter Ward: Brexit and renewables – what lies ahead?

Peter Ward looks at what's in store for the renewables sector after Brexit.

Published 14 March 2019

Paul Brown: Abolition of the 'same roof rule' – what you need to know

Paul Brown of the Legal Services Agency comments on the operation of the revised criminal injuries regime.

Published 13 March 2019

Michael Sheridan: 'Seemingly innocuous' smacking bill should give us pause for thought

The "seemingly innocuous" Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill is currently making its way through Holyrood. Nevertheless, certain aspects of this bill should give us pause for thought, writes Michael Sheridan.

Published 12 March 2019

Blog: CMA continues to enforce its cartel agenda on the construction industry

The Competition & Markets Authority is continuing its focus of targeting cartel behaviour in the UK. The CMA’s campaign against cartel behaviour is entreating businesses and individuals to be “safe, not sorry”. The CMA has had a particular focus on cartels within the construction industry and has said that it will impose both monetary and disqualification penalties if competition law has been broken. Rebecca Henderson and Rachel Gillan look at some recent fines issued by the CMA and the general approach to cartel behaviour in the UK.

Published 8 March 2019

Michael Upton: The new Electronic Communications Code – first rental-valuation judgment

Advocate Michael Upton M.C.I.Arb, of Hastie Stable, examines the first rent valuation case under the Electronic Communications Code.

Published 22 February 2019

Nicola Edgar: Hold your horses!

Nicola Edgar sets out a person's rights if they have an accident involving an animal or if their property is damaged by an animal, and whether it is likely that they will be entitled to claim for their loss.

Published 22 February 2019

Katie Spearman: Hermes agrees new ‘self-employed plus’ status with GMB Union

In the latest development concerning employment status and the rights of those working in the ‘gig economy’, courier giant Hermes has reached agreement with the GMB Union to offer its couriers the option of being classified as ‘self-employed plus’, writes Katie Spearman.

Published 21 February 2019

Jim Herd: Fatal cases - loss of society claims

In fatal damages claims, blood relatives have always been entitled to claim solatium (loss of society) for the loss of the relationship. The current legislation, however, produces some interesting and surprising results where claims for loss of society are made by non-blood relatives, writes Jim Herd.

Published 19 February 2019