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Aberdeen IT firm successfully challenges dismissal of its complaints made against solicitors  

An Aberdeen-based IT company has successfully appealed against a decision of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission after it dismissed a complaint the company made against a firm of solicitors that it had instructed.

Published 22 January 2021

Legal battle to hold independence referendum begins

The Scottish Parliament should be able to pass a law to hold an independence referendum without the consent of the UK government, a judge in the Court of Session has heard.

Published 22 January 2021

Files stolen from environmental regulator during cyber attack published online

More than 4,000 digital files stolen from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in a cyber attack over Christmas have now been illegally published online after the public body rejected a ransom demand.

Published 22 January 2021

Scottish government refusal to support Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill criticised

Scottish Labour has criticised the Scottish government’s refusal to support the Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill after the stage one debate at Holyrood.

Published 22 January 2021

FCA proposes fee price cap for claims management companies

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published proposals to introduce a price cap on the fees claims management companies (CMCs) charge their customers in relation to claims for financial products and services.

Published 22 January 2021

Lesley Weber appointed to Scottish Sentencing Council as victims expert member

Lesley Weber has been appointed to the Scottish Sentencing Council as its new victims expert member.

Published 22 January 2021

Dr Anne Sammon: Can UK employers require staff to be vaccinated?

Whether UK employers require staff to be vaccinated is a question that has been doing the rounds since the Pfizer vaccine became available. My experience is that clients start the discussion thinking that they might want to mandate, or very actively encourage employees to be vaccinated, but having had legal advice tend to back-track and decide that actually they will probably remain agnostic.

Published 22 January 2021

Northern Ireland: First legacy inquest under five-year plan concludes shooting was ‘unjustified’

The British Army was "unjustified" in shooting an unarmed and innocent Co Tyrone farmer in cold blood in 1974, the first legacy inquest held under the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland's five-year plan has concluded.

Published 22 January 2021

First session of SYLA Ethics Conference a great success

The first session of the Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (SYLA) Ethics Conference was a success with over 130 people in attendance.

Published 22 January 2021

Restarting Solemn Trials paper updated

The Amalgamated Briefing Paper on Restarting Solemn Trials has been updated. 

Published 22 January 2021

Whisky firm threatens hate group with legal action over logo

An extremist hate group in the US has been threatened with legal action for using a logo that resembles the Johnnie Walker whisky “Striding Man” image.

Published 22 January 2021

So you want to be… a criminal trainee? – Wednesday 27 January 2021

The Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (SYLA) is to host an event for people seeking a criminal traineeship.

Published 22 January 2021

And finally… for whom the bell tolls

City dwellers who relocate to rural France will not be able to complain about the sound of church bells or the smell of manure under a new law.

Published 22 January 2021

Man who secretly removed bank book from dead father’s home fails to have brother removed as executor of estate 

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has refused a man’s petition for his brother and sister-in-law to be removed as executors of his late father’s estate and the executry completed by an appointed judicial factor. 

Published 21 January 2021

Oh dear: Majority of SLN readers vote in favour of ditching ‘Dear Sirs’

Many Scots lawyers would like to see the salutation 'Dear Sirs' dropped from usage in favour of others that recognise that not all lawyers are men, a survey by Scottish Legal News has found.

Published 21 January 2021