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Sunken tug boat owners ordered to pay £400,000 clean-up costs after judge dismisses damages claim against MoD

The owners of a tug boat who sued the Ministry of Defence for “negligence” after the vessel sank having been attached to an MoD buoy have had the damages claim dismissed and been ordered to pay the more than £400,000 for the cost of the clean-up operation.

Published 19 December 2018

Lady Paton appointed chair of Scottish Law Commission

Lady Paton has been appointed as chair of the Scottish Law Commission, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced.

Published 19 December 2018

MSPs agree to general principles of Damages Bill

The general principles of the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill have been agreed by MSPs.

Published 19 December 2018

Victims to have 'greater involvement' in parole process

Victims will have greater involvement in the parole process and will be able to find out more about parole decisions, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has pledged.

Published 19 December 2018

New solicitor and judicial members appointed to Scottish Sentencing Council

Two new members have been appointed to fill vacant positions on the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Published 19 December 2018

Govan Law Centre settles eviction appeal: Elderpark Housing Association v M

Govan Law Centre has settled a Sheriff Appeal Court (SAC) case where a single female parent and her children were due to be evicted following an unsuccessful evidential hearing which had been conducted by a firm of solicitors in Glasgow.

Published 19 December 2018

Muslim Greek who failed to fully inherit because Sharia law was automatically applied suffered Convention violations

A woman who failed to fully inherit the estate of her deceased husband, based on a will written in accordance with Greek civil law, because Greece automatically applies Sharia law to Greeks of Muslim faith suffered a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights, read in conjunction with Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property) to the Convention.

Published 19 December 2018

Grigor & Young LLP raises more than £4,500 for Moray Foodbank

Grigor & Young LLP recently raised £4,531 through a wills promotion in each of its Elgin & Forres offices for Moray Foodbank.

Published 19 December 2018

England: Six jailed for membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action

Six people in the Midlands have been jailed for being members of the proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action (NA), including a couple who gave their son the middle name "Adolf" in tribute to the Nazi leader.

Published 19 December 2018

And finally... Shakira shake-down

Music star Shakira is facing prosecution in Spain for allegedly avoiding €14.5 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014.

Published 19 December 2018

Law Society calls for 'evidence-based review' to ensure sustainability of legal aid

The Law Society of Scotland has called for an "evidence-based review system" to ensure the sustainable future of the Scottish legal aid system.

Published 18 December 2018

Yousaf rules out 'one forensic interview' approach to child witnesses in Scotland

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf appears to have ruled out a new approach to child witnesses that would prevent them from having to give evidence more than once, The Herald reports.

Published 18 December 2018

Solicitor for Glasgow bin lorry crash victim calls for legislative change

A solicitor representing the family of one of the 2014 Glasgow bin lorry crash victims has called on the UK government to change the law to prevent further tragedies.

Published 18 December 2018

New documentary on Sheku Bayoh case sparks fresh call for public inquiry

The Scottish government has said it is still considering a public inquiry into the death of Kirkcaldy man Sheku Bayoh in police custody in 2015 following a new BBC documentary about the case.

Published 18 December 2018

Rachael Kelsey: Brexit implications for family law

Rachael Kelsey, a director at SKO Family Law Specialists, will be writing regular updates for Scottish Legal News in coming weeks, dealing with the specifics of the Brexit implications for family law.

Published 18 December 2018