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Father fails in appeal against mother’s removal of children from Italy to Scotland

A father-of-two who claimed that his estranged wife had “wrongfully removed” their two children from Italy when she fled with them to Scotland following the breakdown of their “volatile” marriage has had an appeal to have them returned refused.

Published 11 October 2019

Council of Europe report on Scotland condemns practice of refusing detained persons' access to a lawyer

The practice in Scotland of delaying detainees' access to a lawyer has been condemned for the second time by a Council of Europe committee, which has called for legislation to be amended to secure this right – seven years after it did so the first time.

Published 11 October 2019

Implications of Brexit for asylum policy highlighted in new report

The implications of Brexit for asylum policy and for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in Europe have been highlighted in a new Lords committee report.

Published 11 October 2019

Consultation launched on maximum penalties for most serious animal welfare and wildlife offences

A consultation has been launched on the maximum penalties for the most serious animal welfare and wildlife offences.

Published 11 October 2019

New police powers to apprehend persons at large come into force

New powers of entry and search for police to apprehend a person unlawfully at large from a home detention curfew (HDC) have come into force.

Published 11 October 2019

England: Solicitor who had sex with junior colleague fined by disciplinary body

A solicitor who had sex with a drunk junior colleague, which a tribunal found he did not initiate, has been fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £200,000 in costs amid calls his case be referred to the police.

Published 11 October 2019

The Great Debate

The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, will play host on Friday, 25 October, 2019, to one of the most significant debates in recent years on the role of Christianity in Scottish public life. It will tackle the vital questions of Christianity’s relevance to modern society, the use of Christian principles in medicine, and the Christian understanding of free speech.

Published 11 October 2019

Training in de-escalating conflict between separated parents

FNF Scotland has organised free information sessions on a US online training programme intended to help separated parents to move on from their disputes with their ex-partner.

Published 11 October 2019

Ampersand Advocates top rankings success in latest chambers and partners UK bar guide

Ampersand has again received top tier rankings across a number of areas of practice in the latest published guide to the legal profession, Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2020.

Published 11 October 2019

Terra Firma Chambers recognised as market leaders in latest Chambers rankings

Terra Firma Chambers has retained its Band 1 rankings for Planning and Environmental Law, Agriculture & Rural Affairs and Tax in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners UK Directory.

Published 11 October 2019

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 11 October 2019

And finally... worth a try

Scotland's national rugby team is considering "legal options" to ensure its World Cup game against host Japan goes ahead in spite of a looming typhoon. Two games have already been cancelled in anticipation of Super Typhoon Hagibis, which is expected to hi

Published 11 October 2019

Inner House puts decision in nobile officium case for Brexit extension letter on hold

An appeal court ruling in a legal action seeking a court order to force the Prime Minister to write a letter requesting a Brexit extension in the event that no deal has been agreed between the UK and the EU has been put on hold.

Published 10 October 2019

Lawyers sound note of caution over political moves to abolish 'not proven'

Lawyers have sounded a note of caution over making fundamental changes to criminal trials following the publication of a report into jury behaviour and the use of the ‘not proven’ verdict.

Published 10 October 2019

Laura Dunlop QC appointed President of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

Laura Dunlop QC has been named as the new President of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Published 10 October 2019