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Legal arguments on competence to hold Scottish independence referendum conclude in Outer House

The Outer House of the Court of Session has heard a second day of oral submissions in an action seeking declarator that the Scottish Parliament has competence to hold a referendum on Scottish independence without the consent of Westminster.

Published 25 January 2021

Gilson Gray recruits oil and gas heavyweight Calum Crighton

Gilson Gray has announced the appointment of Calum Crighton, co-founder of Lex Energy, as a partner in its corporate practice.

Published 25 January 2021

Rape conviction of three men identified as possible miscarriage of justice

Three men convicted of rape in 2000 have had their cases referred by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to the High Court of Justiciary.

Published 25 January 2021

Steve Dougherty

Shoosmiths has paid tribute to its former head of real estate Steve Dougherty, who passed away last week at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer.

Published 25 January 2021

Professor Jonathan Fitchen

Legal academic Professor Jonathan Fitchen has passed away just a week following his promotion to personal chair at the University of Aberdeen.

Published 25 January 2021

ESPC reveals top-selling areas in Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders in 2020

Edinburgh-based real estate consultancy ESPC has revealed the top selling areas in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders throughout 2020.

Published 25 January 2021

KPMG: Scottish insolvencies remain low as support measures offer short-term lifeline

The number of corporate insolvencies in Scotland fell below 2019 levels last year as the array of government Covid-19 support measures continued to provide a lifeline for those businesses who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, according to new figures released by KPMG.

Published 25 January 2021

Alistair Bonnington: Salmond inquiry reflects poorly on Scotland’s democratic traditions

There never has been a clearer case made out for the utility of law and lawyers than the so-called Salmond Inquiry in the Scottish Parliament. The "Committee on the Scottish government handling of harassment complaints" to give it its correct title, has thus far failed to unearth the truth about the machinations within the Scottish government quite simply because it isn't equipped to do so. Inevitably there is strong suspicion that this Committee was given the job precisely because it would have insufficient expertise or powers to investigate adequately.

Published 25 January 2021

DLA Piper Scotland to relaunch gender balance network

DLA Piper Scotland will relaunch LAW, the firm's global gender balance network, tomorrow at an event with guest speaker Dr Cal Major.

Published 25 January 2021

Jodi Gordon: The courts are getting there virtually

Jodi Gordon, partner at Road Traffic Accident Law (Scotland) LLP, comments on the development of remote hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 25 January 2021

Distinguished advocates to share career advice with law students

Neil Mackenzie QC, Dorothy Bain QC and Vinit Khurana QC will speak to law students about their experience at the bar at an information day event this evening.

Published 25 January 2021

Postgraduate law students invited to submit papers on Palestine and Israel

The Edinburgh University Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue Society (EUPIDS) has announced its first-ever academic conference.

Published 25 January 2021

And finally… pre-nups

Young couples are increasingly asking lawyers to write social media clauses into their pre-nuptial agreements.

Published 25 January 2021

Scottish Law Agents Society free CPD events

For 2021 the Scottish Law Agents Society is offering FREE CPD to all members. Featuring presentations on family law, civil court work, diligence and conveyancing. All included for an annual subscription of only £80, with concessions available. A fantastic opportunity to save money in these difficult times.

Published 25 January 2021

Aberdeen IT firm successfully challenges dismissal of its complaints made against solicitors  

An Aberdeen-based IT company has successfully appealed against a decision of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission after it dismissed a complaint the company made against a firm of solicitors that it had instructed.

Published 22 January 2021