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Iraqi-Kurdish journalist wins appeal for reconsideration of asylum application

An Iraqi national of Kurdish ethnicity whose claim for asylum in the UK was refused will have his case reconsidered after appealing against the decision.

Published 22 May 2019

Michael Upton: The new Electronic Communications Code – two new judgments

Advocate Michael Upton, M.C.I.Arb., of Hastie Stable, summarises two recent cases on the new Electronics Communications Code.

Published 22 May 2019

Views sought on incorporation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law

The Scottish government is seeking views on how best to incorporate the UN’s ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into Scots law and improve the lives of children and young people.

Published 22 May 2019

Report recommends minimising isolation of young people on remand in wake of tragic deaths

Being traumatised, being young, being held on remand and being in the first three months of custody increases the risk of suicide, a report on mental health services for young people entering custody at HMP YOI Polmont has found.

Published 22 May 2019

Kirsty Smith becomes legal director at TLT in Glasgow

TLT has grown its UK-wide corporate team with the appointment of Kirsty Smith as legal director in Glasgow, who joins from DWF.

Published 22 May 2019

UN report: Legal aid 'decimated' in England and Wales as poverty rises

Declining access to legal aid in England and Wales has been highlighted in a United Nations report on the UK, which describes the budget as having been "decimated".

Published 22 May 2019

Lawyer warns against pitfalls of property raffles

A property lawyer has called on Scots to think twice before entering property raffles in a bid to land their dream home.

Published 22 May 2019

MBM advises Immense Simulations on $4.6m Series A funding

MBM Commercial has advised Immense Simulations on its Series A funding, taking the lead role in drawing up the key agreements and helping project manage the deal.

Published 22 May 2019

England: Judicial Assistants scheme launched for High Court

The High Court of England and Wales has launched a new judicial assistants (JA) scheme.

Published 22 May 2019

And finally... crumbs

Three schoolchildren who sued a shop for defamation after being accused of stealing and opening a packet of biscuits have won their case.

Published 22 May 2019

Absolute discharge for thief with previous convictions for theft was ‘unduly lenient’

A sheriff’s decision to grant an absolute discharge to a woman found guilty of the theft of £200 worth of fencing was “unduly lenient”, the Sheriff Appeal Court has ruled. Three appeal sheriffs quashed the sheriff’s decision and convicted the respondent of the ch

Published 21 May 2019

Exclusive: Judicial appointments process under fire for appointing best form fillers

The application process for judicial office in Scotland has been severely criticised as too onerous, a "lottery" and an artificial paperwork exercise that may be no more effective than the 'tap on the shoulder' that allowed "useless people" to be appointed in the past.

Published 21 May 2019

Scotland has highest proportion of probationers under supervision for 'offences against persons' in all Europe

Scotland has the highest proportion of probationers under supervision for “offences against persons” in all of Europe, according to figures published today.

Published 21 May 2019

TLT overcomes overprovision policy to secure licence for Bothwell restaurateur

TLT’s head of licensing (Scotland), Stephen McGowan, has secured a new licence for the San Vincenzo Italian restaurant and delicatessen in Bothwell – overcoming a previous refusal, trade opposition and the licensing board policy on overprovision which had declared the Bothwell locality as “overprovided” for all types of licensed premises.

Published 21 May 2019