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Scottish Sentencing Council to prepare new guideline on domestic abuse

The Scottish Sentencing Council is to prepare a sentencing guideline on domestic abuse offences.

Published 23 November 2021

Dame Elish Angiolini QC to lead Everard inquiry

Dame Elish Angiolini QC has been appointed as chair of an inquiry into the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by police officer Wayne Couzens.

Published 23 November 2021

Professor Raphael Heffron joins University of the West Indies

Professor Raphael Heffron has been named the new dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago.

Published 23 November 2021

Stirling academics to lead international study on smart technology and consumer protection

Legal experts at the University of Stirling have launched a new study to ensure that consumer laws are as ‘smart’ as the emerging technologies that they regulate.

Published 23 November 2021

Legislation on short-term lets introduced

Councils will be given powers to ensure short-term lets are safe and meet the needs of their local communities under legislation laid before the Scottish Parliament.

Published 23 November 2021

Lauren Bowie named one of Young Women Scotland’s 30 under 30

Trainee solicitor Lauren Bowie, founder of Legable, has been named as one of Young Women Scotland’s 30 under 30.

Published 23 November 2021

England: Seven more wrongfully convicted subpostmasters overturn convictions

Seven more convictions of former subpostmasters linked to a flawed Post Office computer system have been overturned.

Published 23 November 2021

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay more than $30 million for breach of contract

Actor Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay a production company more than $30 million for breach of contract.

Published 23 November 2021

And finally… bad rap

Prosecutors would find it harder to use rap lyrics as evidence of alleged crimes under legislation proposed in New York.

Published 23 November 2021

Former London capital firm employee who thought Russian gang was following him loses appeal against finding that he did not have disability

A former investment firm employee who became convinced that his activities were being monitored by a Russian gang has lost an appeal against an employment tribunal’s decision that he did not have a mental disability.

Published 22 November 2021

Rights and liberties of UK citizens must be protected in new EU travel rules

The UK government must address ethical, legal, logistical and political challenges arising from new border checks due to launch next year that will affect UK residents travelling to the EU, according to the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

Published 22 November 2021

Mandatory sobriety tags for offenders

Scotland is to introduce 'sobriety tags' for offenders who commit alcohol-fuelled crimes.

Published 22 November 2021

Traineeships bounce back from Covid lull

The number of traineeships begun in the last practice year totalled 744, up from 434 in the previous year, new figures from the Law Society of Scotland show.

Published 22 November 2021

Thomas Ross QC: Should Scottish judges have the power to order whole life tariffs?

On Thursday 18th November 2021 I appeared on John Beattie’s Drivetime Show on BBC Radio Scotland to discuss the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Esther Brown – and the criminal proceedings that followed. It occurred to me that there were certain public misconceptions about the case and its outcome. I address those here. First the relevant facts.

Published 22 November 2021

England: Electric car chargers to be mandatory in new homes

New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, under new UK government legislation announced today.

Published 22 November 2021