Articles



Ian Macdonald re-elected to STEP council

A solicitor has been elected to represent Scotland at a global level as part of a worldwide professional network.

Published 8 November 2019

Snailed it… Law Society takes a shine to ‘Pilgrimage to Paisley’ commemorations

Two commemorative plaques highlighting the importance of the ‘snail in a bottle case’, which laid the foundations of the modern law of negligence, have been refurbished and unveiled in Paisley today as part of the Law Society of Scotland’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Published 8 November 2019

Faculty QC at Tbilisi conference

A member of the Faculty of Advocates with strong European links has been speaking at an international conference in Tbilisi to celebrate the centenary of the Georgian bar.

Published 8 November 2019

Harvard Law School threatened with court action over reparations

Harvard Law School could be sued by Antigua and Barbuda unless it provides compensation for its founding benefactor's participation in the slave trade in the same way as Glasgow University.

Published 8 November 2019

Let’s ‘bring Christmas to life’ for vulnerable families

It’s becoming part of the Festive tradition, and this year every effort is again being made by the Faculty of Advocates to “bring Christmas to life” for families in need.

Published 8 November 2019

Our Legal Heritage: A Glasgow Kiss

In 1937 a story emerged in the Irish press about a girl from Glasgow called Julia Clarke who had been sentenced, in absentia, to one month's imprisonment for “kissing a boyfriend in public”.

Published 8 November 2019

Rights watch

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

Published 8 November 2019

And finally... bad smell

A building in Moscow where 50,000 people were sentenced to death under Stalin is at the centre of a dispute over plans to turn it into a perfume shop and restaurant.

Published 8 November 2019

Vietnamese man who claimed he was human trafficking victim wins permission to appeal refusal of asylum application 

A Vietnamese asylum-seeker who claimed he was the victim of human trafficking and was a practising Catholic has successfully challenged a decision to refuse permission to appeal against a decision to reject his application.

Published 7 November 2019

New initiative promises stronger case management in summary courts

A new initiative will see three sheriff courts, Dundee, Hamilton and Paisley, piloting a new approach to test the benefits of stronger judicial case management and earlier engagement with the Crown and defence agents in summary cases.

Published 7 November 2019

Surrogacy ‘must be highly regulated’, says Faculty

Protecting women from exploitation must be a key objective of plans to reform the law on surrogacy, the Faculty of Advocates has said.

Published 7 November 2019

Gilson Gray acquires specialist licensing firm Millar Campbell Solicitors

Gilson Gray has acquired Glasgow-based specialist licensing firm Millar Campbell Solicitors.

Published 7 November 2019

Eoghainn MacLean returns to practice at Ampersand Advocates

This week Eoghainn MacLean returns to the commercial bar after a year as a full-time advocate depute leading High Court prosecutions at jury trials, debates, sentencing, and preliminary, hearings.

Published 7 November 2019

Specialist accreditation and new appointment for Patience & Buchan

Patience & Buchan associate Gillian Smith has recently been awarded accreditation as a family law specialist by the Law Society of Scotland, having also been recognised independently by Chambers & Partners as an “associate to watch”.

Published 7 November 2019

Young lawyers' views on court dress sought

The Scottish Young Lawyers' Association has launched a survey on young lawyers' views of the recent practice note affecting court dress in the Outer House.

Published 7 November 2019