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Andrew Ireland: Mediation vs pre-trial meetings

Andrew Ireland offers his personal insights on recent mediations in which he has been involved, contrasting them with his experience of pre-trial meetings in personal injury cases.

Published 21 January 2020

Titanic wreck to be protected under historic UK-US treaty

The wreck of the RMS Titanic will be better protected under an historic international agreement between the UK and the US.

Published 21 January 2020

Poland: Plans to allow judges to be sacked suffer set-back

Controversial plans to allow judges in Poland to be sacked have been dealt a major set-back after they were rejected by the upper house of the country's parliament.

Published 21 January 2020

Diversity in the judiciary event next month

Two judges will be speaking at an event on diversity in the judiciary in Glasgow next month.

Published 21 January 2020

Edinburgh Tax Network – Year End Tax Planning Seminar

The Edinburgh Tax Network, in conjunction with Terra Firma Chambers, will present a seminar entitled “(Tax) Year End Planning for Individuals & Owner Managed Businesses?” on Thursday 20th February 2020 at the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh. The speaker will be Mike Martin, principal of The Number Crunchers.

Published 21 January 2020

And finally... Costanza's law

A judge cited hit TV sitcom Seinfeld as he allowed an appeal from a man convicted in absentia after missing a rescheduled court hearing.

Published 21 January 2020

Foreign student who fraudulently claimed £23,000 for course fees admonished after appeal court quashes custodial sentence 

A foreign student who pled guilty to fraud after falsely claiming she had indefinite leave to remain in order to obtain £23,000 in student funding to pay for a nursing course has successfully appealed against her 14-month prison sentence.

Published 20 January 2020

Vulnerable Witnesses Act comes into force

New legislation ensuring that any child witness in the most serious criminal cases will have their evidence pre-recorded comes into force today.

Published 20 January 2020

Edinburgh meeting hears Britain's refusal to allow Chagos Islanders to return home is 'crime against humanity'

The UK's refusal to allow the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands to return to their homeland is a crime against humanity, an eminent international lawyer speaking in Edinburgh has said.

Published 20 January 2020

MPs call for Electoral Commission to be given prosecutorial powers

The Electoral Commission should be given the power to initiate prosecutions at both national and local levels, a cross-party group of MPs has recommended.

Published 20 January 2020

Scottish Labour calls on Lord Advocate to resign over drug death delays

Scottish Labour has called on the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, to "consider his position" as a result of severe delays within the fatal accident inquiry system.

Published 20 January 2020

Gillespie Macandrew advises on £285m of new build plot sales

Gillespie Macandrew completed new build plot sales worth £285 million in 2019, representing an increase of 60 per cent on previous annual sale value and representing over 10 per cent of all private new build house sales in Scotland.

Published 20 January 2020

Data regulators impose £97m in GDPR fines across Europe

European organisations have been fined €114 million (£97m) under the GDPR regime, DLA Piper has found.

Published 20 January 2020

MSPs to visit new child-friendly evidence rooms in Glasgow and check on ‘Barnahus’ progress

Members of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee are set to visit new evidence-taking facilities as the Vulnerable Witnesses Act comes into force today.

Published 20 January 2020

England: Career at the bar 'less appealing, or even viable' for new entrants

A career at the bar is becoming "less appealing, or even viable" for new entrants, according to a report by LexisNexis.

Published 20 January 2020