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Key role for Faculty member in animal welfare reforms

A member of the Faculty of Advocates is playing a leading role in reforming the law to combat the scourge of puppy farming in Scotland.

Published 15 January 2019

Irish-American lawyer threatens UK-US trade deal if hard border returns to Ireland

An Irish-American lawyer and former White House adviser has said the Irish-American community could deploy its "political strength" to block a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal if a hard border returns to Ireland.

Published 15 January 2019

Scottish Civil Justice Council report on solicitor civil court fees published

A report on a consultation reviewing the civil court fees of solicitors has been published by the Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) Costs and Funding Committee.

Published 15 January 2019

Sign of the times

An SLN reader spotted this sign opposing domestic violence outside a lawyer’s office in the Andalusian city of Málaga, Spain.

Published 15 January 2019

And finally... backseat driver

A Belfast man has been jailed after kicking a taxi driver out of his car and telling him "it's my turn to drive".

Published 15 January 2019

Judge rejects father’s bid to return cancer-stricken daughter to Ireland after ruling child was ‘habitually resident’ with mother in Scotland 

An Irish father-of-one who claimed that his estranged Scottish wife had unlawfully retained their daughter in Scotland after the child underwent emergency cancer treatment here has had an application for a court order for the toddler’s return to Ireland dismissed.

Published 14 January 2019

Views sought on reform of defamation regime

The public is being invited to help reform defamation law in Scotland.

Published 14 January 2019

Lord Neuberger: 'Powerful argument' to suggest legislation needed to halt Brexit

Lord Neuberger, former president of the UK Supreme Court, has said there is a "powerful argument" that the Brexit process cannot be halted without legislation.

Published 14 January 2019

Holyrood committee to scrutinise freedom of information legislation

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee has agreed to scrutinise the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published 14 January 2019

Another year of progress for Scottish Legal News

Scottish Legal News attracted 614 new readers last year, finishing 2018 with 12,212 subscribers. Twitter followers increased by around the same number to finish the year at 9,310.

Published 14 January 2019

Lib Dems warn of people being 'packed into prisons like sardines'

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has warned that “people are being packed into prisons like sardines” after a parliamentary question revealed that the occupancy rate of nine prisons was 100 per cent or higher last month.

Published 14 January 2019

Thorntons starts 2019 with two new partner promotions

Thorntons Solicitors has appointed Loretta Maxfield and Robbie Francis as new partners in its Dundee office.

Published 14 January 2019

Clutha families seek charity funding for FAI

Some of the families being represented at the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the Clutha helicopter disaster are hoping to gain funding from charity.

Published 14 January 2019

Scotland’s corporate deal market remains buoyant despite Brexit fears

Geopolitical uncertainty has not dampened enthusiasm for corporate mergers and acquisitions according to one of Scotland’s top dealmakers.

Published 14 January 2019

Gibson Kerr ushers in 2019 with new recruits

Gibson Kerr has recruited three solicitors and two support staff and promoted a paralegal to trainee solicitor, bringing its staff portfolio to 15.

Published 14 January 2019