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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

And finally... blind stupidity

A bank robber who hid his face with a pillowcase had to remove it mid-robbery when he realised he couldn't see through it.

Published 20 January 2020

Plumber awarded £540,000 damages after health board admits liability over treatment of arm injury

A plumber who injured his arm while playing football over 16 years ago has been awarded more than £540,000 in damages after a Scottish health board admitted liability over its “negligent diagnosis and treatment” of the injury.

Published 17 January 2020

MSPs seek views on defamation reform proposals

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee are seeking views from the public, media organisations and publishers, internet firms and other experts on proposed changes to the law on defamation.

Published 17 January 2020

'Wild west' beauty industry to be regulated under Scottish government proposals

Non-healthcare professionals will require a licence to undertake cosmetic procedures under proposals from the Scottish government.

Published 17 January 2020

Four new appointments at Vialex

Vialex has appointed four new lawyers as it prepares for a year of expansion.

Published 17 January 2020