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Sheriff rejects no case to answer submission from man charged with statutory partner abuse offence

A sheriff in Livingston Sheriff Court has found that a charge under Section 1 of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 of engaging in a course of abusive behaviour against an accused’s ex-partner was able to be sufficiently corroborated by Crown evidence.

Published 18 October 2021

Malicious Prosecution Scandal: Crown Office pays out £35m

The Crown Office has paid out £35 million over its malicious prosecutions relating to Rangers FC, its accounts show.

Published 18 October 2021

Raab outlines plans to diminish influence of European Court of Human Rights

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has unveiled a planned overhaul of the Human Rights Act.

Published 18 October 2021

PwC: Optimistic outlook for UK law firms as fees and profits rise

UK law firms' fees and profits are exceeding expectations this year, a report from PwC shows.

Published 18 October 2021

Sheriff Edington retires after more than 20 years on the bench

On 15 October 2021, Sheriff Martin Edington sat for the last time at Livingston Sheriff Court as its senior sheriff.

Published 18 October 2021

England: Criminal barristers desert profession

Hundreds of barristers have left the criminal courts since 2016, prompting fears of a shortage.

Published 18 October 2021

Dunfermline Sheriff Court to gain solar power

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has applied to Fife Council for permission to install 260 solar panels at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Published 18 October 2021

David Jackson to take reins at Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths has announced partner David Jackson is to become its CEO from next May.

Published 18 October 2021

Increasing number of homeless ex-convicts in Glasgow

Homeless Project Scotland has revealed that it has helped more than 50 rough sleepers on the streets of Glasgow city centre in the last two weeks.

Published 18 October 2021

Andrew Foyle: Expect a spike in negligence claims as lenders take hit from pandemic

A clear correlation can be observed between an economic downturn and the number of claims against professionals for negligence that come before the courts. During the economic crisis of 2008 and subsequent years, the number of claims for negligence rose considerably. Noticeably, lenders, including high street banks were at the forefront of this upturn in claims with surveyors and solicitors primarily the target of court actions.

Published 18 October 2021

And finally… of mice and men

A freezer containing 235 dormice to be eaten by the Mafia was discovered by police at a farm in Italy.

Published 18 October 2021

Inner House rejects asylum case of Sudanese man who claimed involvement with resistance movement

A Sudanese man who made an asylum claim based on his alleged involvement in an anti-government movement has had his petition for judicial review of the decision to reject his claim refused by the Court of Session.

Published 15 October 2021

Ariane Burgess: Have your say on short-term lets

Ariane Burgess MSP, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee Agenda, is urging Scottish residents to have their say on short-term lets legislation.

Published 15 October 2021

Scotland encouraged to follow American lead on drug prosecutions

The Crown Office should consider dropping low-level drugs cases, an American attorney who championed similar changes in the US has said.

Published 15 October 2021

CMS launches COP26 insights hub

CMS has launched a new online resource to help keep business and other groups informed of developments surrounding the COP26 in Glasgow.

Published 15 October 2021