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Stewart Smith retires after 30 years at Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace

Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace (RCCW) has announced the retirement of partner Stewart Smith following a career at the company spanning three decades.   

Published 16 September 2019

Obituary: Roy Martin QC

The Herald has published a full obituary of Roy Martin QC, who passed away last month at the age of 69.

Published 16 September 2019

And finally... feeling flushed

A solid gold toilet worth £4.8 million has been stolen from Blenheim Palace.

Published 16 September 2019

Prorogation ‘unlawful’ because power was used for ‘improper purpose’ of ‘stymying parliament’

The Prime Minister’s advice to HM The Queen that parliamentary business at Westminster should be suspended for five weeks in the run up to “Brexit” undermined a “central pillar” of the constitution that the Government was accountable to Parliament.

Published 13 September 2019

Special power of the Court of Session could force Boris Johnson to extend Article 50

A special power of the Court of Session has been brought to bear on Prime Minister Boris Johnson personally and could allow the Clerk of Court to sign in his place – forcing him to extend Article 50.

Published 13 September 2019

Northern Ireland High Court: Three challenges to Brexit strategy found 'non-justiciable'

The High Court in Belfast has dismissed three conjoined applications challenging the UK Government’s Brexit strategy, which the applicants argued would result in a no-deal Brexit and a hard border in breach of the Good Friday Agreement.

Published 13 September 2019

Scottish prisons under severe pressure

The Scottish Prison Service faces profound challenges in continuing to run Scotland's overcrowded prisons safely and effectively.

Published 13 September 2019

Emma McGinley and Claire Brown qualify at Lindsays

Lindsays has announced that Emma McGinley and Claire Brown have successfully qualified and joined the firm's dispute resolution and litigation team (Glasgow) and family law team (Dundee) respectively as newly qualified solicitors.

Published 13 September 2019

Angela Grahame QC: Women continue to raise the bar

We have an old scrapbook of newspaper cuttings in the records of the Faculty of Advocates, the independent body of lawyers admitted to practise as advocates in Scottish courts. One, from 1919, about the possibility of the legal profession being opened to women, catches the eye. A representative of the Faculty pointed out that by statute every member must on admission become a member of the widows’ fund.

Published 13 September 2019

Neil Kelly: As you were? …an important decision from the Court of Session on collateral warranties

Neil Kelly looks at the Inner House's treatment of a case on collateral warranties that caused surprise last year.

Published 13 September 2019

New torture revelations highlight need for UK inquiry

Newly-declassified cables provide further details of the torture two men – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah – were subjected to by the CIA during interrogations UK security services were aware of and sometimes supplied questions for.

Published 13 September 2019

Savings of HMCTS court reforms drop by £172m as delays continue

Lifetime savings made by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) as part of its programme of reform have plummeted by £172 million to £2.1 billion as it reduces the scope of its plans.

Published 13 September 2019

Glasgow Warriors re-sign leading Scottish legal player Harper Macleod

Harper Macleod has agreed a deal to renew its sponsorship of Glasgow Warriors until 2021, which will see the firm's name adorn the Harper Macleod West Stand and the Harper Macleod Club Deck at Scotstoun Stadium.

Published 13 September 2019

Denmark: Bug in software used in convictions leads to release of prisoners

Thirty detainees have been released in Denmark because of a glitch with phone operators' geolocation data that has led to the review of more than 10,700 cases.

Published 13 September 2019