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Order for Lifelong Restriction for beggar convicted of rape upheld by Criminal Appeal Court

A beggar who was sentenced to an Order for Lifelong Restriction after being convicted of rape has had an appeal against his life sentence refused.

Published 6 December 2019

SNP legal challenge to any refusal of indyref2 would 'likely fail'

A legal challenge by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the blocking of a second independence referendum would likely fail, according to a legal academic, The Times reports.

Published 6 December 2019

Keith Patterson: Manifesto snapshot for renewables lawyers

Elections, elections

Published 6 December 2019

Scottish Police Authority vice-chair to lead watchdog ahead of new appointment

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced David Crichton as interim chair of the Scottish Police Authority after accepting the resignation of Professor Susan Deacon.

Published 6 December 2019

Neil Hogg and Gaenor Cassell join Addleshaw Goddard

Neil Hogg and Gaenor Cassell have been appointed partners at Addleshaw Goddard in Scotland.

Published 6 December 2019

Calum MacLeod accredited as crofting law specialist

An Inverness-based partner at Harper Macleod has become one of only two lawyers accredited as a crofting law specialist by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 6 December 2019

Our Legal Heritage: Lord Monboddo – the nudist judge who pre-empted Darwin’s theory of evolution

When adherents of a pre-World War One nudist craze in Germany decided to establish a club, their decision to name it after an 18th century Scottish judge seemed the most natural thing in the world. Berlin's Monboddo Bund remains one of the more unusual salutes to the Scottish judiciary but is testament to Lord Monboddo's pioneering passion for what he described as 'air-bathing' in the pursuit of harmony between body and mind.

Published 6 December 2019

Rights watch

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

Published 6 December 2019

And finally... marked man

A man with "CRIME PAYS" emblazoned in a tattoo across his forehead has been arrested again.

Published 6 December 2019

Court of Session allows appeal against refusal of FOI request after ruling election contract information ‘clearly held’ by council

A doctor who sought information under freedom of information legislation from a Scottish council relating to the conduct of local elections has successfully appealed against the decision to refuse his request.

Published 5 December 2019

Holyrood committee backs general principles of FGM legislation

The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee has supported the general principles of proposed new legislation that aims to strengthen legal protection for women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Published 5 December 2019

Scottish Police Authority chair Susan Deacon resigns amid attack on Police Scotland

The chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has resigned amid an attack on "accountability arrangements" in Police Scotland.

Published 5 December 2019

Average property selling price stays steady in Edinburgh

Over the past three months, the average property price in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders stayed fairly steady compared to last year, with the figure now being £248,235 compared to £248,320 last year. In Edinburgh, the average selling price of a house or flat also stayed steady, sitting at £268,325 compared to £268,404 last year. 

Published 5 December 2019