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David Walker: Have domestic courts and tribunals been getting worker status wrong?

A recent decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union may impact on the Supreme Court when they consider the (in)famous Uber employment status case in July 2020, writes David Walker.

Published 2 July 2020

British judges could be asked to rule on Hong Kong national security cases

British judges could be asked to rule on cases brought under controversial new national security legislation imposed on Hong Kong this week, a senior Hong Kong judge has said.

Published 2 July 2020

Law and human rights experts publish online book on COVID-19 impact

Global experts in law and human rights have contributed to a new online publication about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 2 July 2020

Letting Agent Code of Practice: New study reveals subjective approach to compensation

A recent study conducted on behalf of the Legal Services Agency seeks to examine the valuation of compensation awards in the two years following the introduction of the Letting Agent Code of Practice. LSA volunteers and Glasgow School of Law graduates Alice Dalkin, Caitlin Perring and Marianne Wilson detail its findings.

Published 2 July 2020

SYLA to host trainee moot

Have you missed out on advocacy experience as a result of COVID-19? The Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (SYLA) is hosting a moot aimed at trainee solicitors.

Published 2 July 2020

And finally... on your bike

An e-bike advert has been banned on the basis that it creates "a climate of anxiety" around the car industry.

Published 2 July 2020

Rachael Kelsey: Supreme Court issues judgment on competing Anglo-Scots divorce and maintenance claims

The long-awaited Supreme Court judgment in Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 has been handed down this morning. SKO's Rachael Kelsey has acted for the successful respondent, Mrs Villiers, since 2014 and gives a short summary of the 74-page decision.

Published 1 July 2020

Editorial: The threat to trial by jury in Scotland remains

It is no surprise that one of the prime aims of China’s new national security law aimed at suppressing Hong Kong’s democracy movement published yesterday is the abolition of trial by jury.

Published 1 July 2020

Outer House allows proof before answer in Berwickshire castle sale dispute

The Outer House of the Court of Session has continued a case involving a dispute based on the sale of a castle in Berwickshire and accompanying barony to allow the parties a proof before answer.

Published 1 July 2020

David Kirchin appointed head of Scotland for Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has announced a new leadership role for David Kirchin who has been appointed head of Scotland for the firm, combining that additional responsibility with his advisory role as a corporate partner.

Published 1 July 2020

Solicitors upskill during lockdown

Thorntons has continued to encourage its private client team to pursue training and development, as three more solicitors have recently passed their Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) exams.

Published 1 July 2020

Faculty support for global recognition of lawyers’ Basic Principles

Lawyers’ associations from around the world, including the Faculty of Advocates, have issued a 'call for action' in support of the vital role of an independent legal profession in the rule of law.

Published 1 July 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: 21st century lie detection – part one

Benjamin Bestgen gives us the truth about methods of lie detection. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 1 July 2020

CMA imposes £1.2m in fines for price-fixing in private eyecare

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that a private hospital group and seven consultant ophthalmologists broke competition law by taking part in illegal price-fixing.

Published 1 July 2020

Webinar: Gladman v Scottish Ministers - Scotland and the tilted balance

In its recent judgment in Gladman v Scottish Ministers, the Court of Session set out its interpretation of how Scottish planning policy applies a tilted balance to planning decision making in Scotland.

Published 1 July 2020