Bob Ruddiman: With disruption comes opportunities for canny businesses

Disruption can bring opportunities, and those businesses which have a mindset of accepting opportunities thrown up from the unwelcome disruption caused by Covid-19 will survive and thrive, while new businesses will emerge to capitalise on these opportunities.

Published 15 January 2021

Rachael Kelsey: Jurisdiction in the UK in divorce and cohabitation cases post-Brexit

There are advantages to having a bit of age on you when you’re a family lawyer – quite apart from the fact that you are less likely to be trying to home school your own children. If you are 40 plus you will remember family law pre-Brussels II, which is going to be useful in this post-Brexit landscape. There are significant changes to family law jurisdiction rules and this piece will look at divorce jurisdiction in Scotland and touch on the position in England and Wales. Jurisdiction in maintenance will be a treat for another day…

Published 12 January 2021

Janette Speed: Property sector can help re-build UK economy

According to a recent survey, post-Brexit Britain is considered a prime real estate proposition by investors, developers and asset managers from across Europe, China and the US. Notably, it ranked the UK highest for future residential property investment.

Published 12 January 2021

Martin Devine: Commercial property sector weathers the storm

Martin Devine looks at the state of the commercial property sector during the pandemic.

Published 8 January 2021

Hamish Lean: Long-awaited property rules come into force next month

Some of the more controversial aspects of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 are to be brought into force by February 28, writes Hamish Lean.

Published 6 January 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Tools and (or?) rules

Benjamin Bestgen this week contrasts the letter of the law with its spirit. See his last jurisprudential primer here. 

Published 6 January 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Consensual harm

This week Benjamin Bestgen looks at the legalities surrounding certain extracurricular activities. See last week's here.

Published 24 December 2020

Scottish legal climate group raises complaint with European Commission

Dr Thomas Muinzer of Aberdeen University writes about a complaint lodged with the European Commission over the climate emergency following the UK government's failure to respond to a request for the expansion of "greenhouse gas" in law.

Published 23 December 2020

Ramsay Hall: FCA warning notice to Carillion – a lesson for the construction industry

As the Financial Conduct Authority investigation into the 2018 Carillion case concludes with the watchdog intending to take further action against its directors, Ramsay Hall details how the case is a salutary lesson for the industry.

Published 22 December 2020

Caroline Gillespie: Proposed domestic abuse powers – what you need to know

Caroline Gillespie considers proposed additional powers to tackle domestic abuse and recent statistics on charges for, and prosecution of, domestic abuse.

Published 21 December 2020

Blog: Scottish courts reconsider the correct legal test for rectification of contract

Gareth Hale and Louise McDaid write about Briggs of Burton Plc v Doosan Babcock Limited, in which they acted for the defender.

Published 16 December 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Revenge

"If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out" and if he breaks another's bone, his shall be broken. So states Hammurabi's Code, an ancient exemplar of the precept of lex talionis. Why is revenge so compelling? Benjamin Bestgen explains all. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 16 December 2020

Richard Douglas-Home: First recommendations made for the Chancellor in Capital Gains Tax review

Richard Douglas-Home looks at proposed changes to the capital gains tax regime.

Published 14 December 2020

Graeme Di Rollo: How to enforce your copyright online – a guide

Graeme Di Rollo demystifies copyright enforcement.

Published 11 December 2020

Opinion: Securing legal clarity in the Forensic Medical Services Bill

Dr Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn and Lisa Mackenzie of MurrayBlackburnMackenzie comment on proposed changes to a bill approaching stage three at Holyrood.

Published 9 December 2020