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Lady Hale: Law has become fairer to women, but battle is not over

The law has become fairer to women in the past three and a half decades, but "no-one can claim that the battle is over", the president of the UK Supreme Court has said.

Published 18 January 2019

ECtHR declares inadmissible application of man surveilled by insurance company to determine if claim was justified

An insured man who was surveilled by his insurance company to determine whether his claim for compensation was justified has had his application declared inadmissible by the European Court of Human Rights.

Published 18 January 2019

Our Legal Heritage: The Branks or Scold’s Bridle

Graham Ogilvy considers one of Scotland’s less celebrated legal innovations – the Scold’s bridle or Branks.

Published 18 January 2019

And finally... mum's the word

A young man who admitted driving without insurance swore at his mum in court after she revealed his previous conviction for speeding to the judge.

Published 18 January 2019

We ask Scottish lawyers: 'Should there be a People's Vote?'

Scottish Legal News seeks to avoid party political matters, but the current Brexit crisis has such immense constitutional ramifications, cutting across party boundaries and affiliations, that we offer our readers the chance to have their voice heard.

Published 17 January 2019

Anderson Strathern secures Adrian Smith for newly created role of commercial director

Adrian Smith has been appointed to the newly-created commercial director role at Anderson Strathern. A law graduate from the University of Aberdeen, Mr Smith brings extensive business development experience in the Scottish market in addition to international credentials, including from the property sector in Dubai and across the Middle East. He was previously head of corporate relations at Addleshaw Goddard.

Published 17 January 2019

Jonny Williams joins Womble Bond Dickinson in Edinburgh

Transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has appointed Jonny Williams as a partner and head of the firm's national financial services team. Mr Williams is a well-known figure in the financial services and wider business community in Edinburgh and will support the continuing growth of WBD's office in the city and across Scotland.

Published 17 January 2019

Fiona Buchanan: Mentoring at Shepherd and Wedderburn

Fiona Buchanan extols the benefits of mentoring and looks at how it has been implemented at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Published 17 January 2019

Suzy Thomson: The only way is ethics and other investment practicalities for managing trusts

Suzy Thomson, investment manager at Brewin Dolphin in Dundee, suggests five things lawyers should consider in managing trusts.

Published 17 January 2019

Bulgarian authorities did not violate ECHR rights of children who alleged sexual abuse in orphanage

Three children who alleged they were sexually abused in an orphanage in Bulgaria before being adopted in Italy suffered no violation of articles 3 (prohibition of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment) and 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the ECHR in respect of their treatment by the Bulgarian authorities, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Published 17 January 2019

Wales has highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe

Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe, according to research by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

Published 17 January 2019

US: Federal courts set to run out of government funding next Friday over border wall deadlock

The US federal courts have warned they will run out of money next Friday because of the partial shutdown of the US government.

Published 17 January 2019

And finally... trouser snake

A man who tried to smuggle a snake on a plane by stuffing it in his trousers was foiled by keen-eyed customs officials.

Published 17 January 2019

Woman injured in fall wins damages after appealing against sheriff’s ‘volenti non fit injuria’ ruling

A woman with medical problems and restricted mobility who sued public works contractors after she fell and was injured as she tried to access her front door while excavation works were ongoing outside the property has won her appeal for damages.

Published 16 January 2019

Tasmina-Ahmed Sheikh found guilty of professional misconduct

Former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, 48, has been found guilty of professional misconduct and has been fined £3,000 by the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal (SSDT).

Published 16 January 2019