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Average Scottish house price could exceed £250k by 2020

The average house price in Scotland could exceed a quarter of a million pounds by the end of the decade, economists have predicted.

Published 24 July 2015

First Minister demands urgent assurances from David Cameron over GCHQ spying on MSPs

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to seek assurances following reports that GCHQ has reversed a long-standing policy of not intercepting the communications of MSPs.

Published 24 July 2015

UN criticises stop and search and UK child smacking and responsibility laws

The United Nations has issued a report criticising corporal punishment law and the age of criminal responsibility in the UK, as well as the "disproportionate" use of stop and search by Police Scotland.

Published 24 July 2015

Solicitor successfully sues former firm for share of ‘net profits’ following dispute over partnership agreement

A solicitor has successfully sued his former firm for his share of “net profits” after a sheriff principal refused an appeal by his ex-partners following a dispute over the terms of the partnership agreement.

Published 23 July 2015

Supreme Court justice makes 'blistering attack' on police power to stop and question under Terrorism Act

A justice of the UK Supreme Court has raised concerns about UK anti-terror laws that give police the power to stop and question people leaving or entering the country.

Published 23 July 2015

Student found in possession of cocaine given absolute discharge by sheriff

A student who was caught with cocaine in a nightclub in Aberdeen has not been punished after a sheriff said a conviction would “blight” his career prospects.

Published 23 July 2015

Boy caught with Ecstasy let off the hook after writing essay for sheriff

A boy who was caught with Ecstasy at a festival has avoided getting a criminal record after he wrote a 500-word essay on drugs for a sheriff.

Published 23 July 2015

Motorsport track operators liable for half a million pounds because of no-win-no-fee arrangement

Operators of a motorsport track in Suffolk who had to pay occupants of a neighbouring bungalow £20,000 in damages as result of being liable in nuisance have now been told to pay nearly £500,000 in legal costs as the case was one of no-win-no-fee, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 23 July 2015

Unearthed Whitehall files suggest child abuse cover-up to protect Thatcher government

New Whitehall files suggest MI5insisted on a cover-up of child abuse claims against an MP in order to prevent embarrassment for theThatcher government.

Published 23 July 2015

Lloyds ordered to reveal HBOS takeover legal advice

Lloyds Banking Group has been ordered to reveal legal advice it received in the run-up to its takeover of Scottish bank HBOS during the 2008 financial crisis.

Published 23 July 2015

‘Limbs in the loch’ murderer's human rights breached after mail opened by prison service

A prisoner whose confidential correspondence was opened by prison authorities had his human rights breached, a judge in the Court of Session has ruled.

Published 22 July 2015

Police report from 2013 reveals many CCTV systems in Scotland near collapse

Police Scotland is pushing for a centralised CCTV network governing all of Scotland's streets, public spaces and shops following a warning that the majority of its current cameras are unreliable and possibly unlawful.

Published 22 July 2015

Law Society launches consultation on client protection fund

A major consultation has been launched on the consumer fund available to clients who fall victim to dishonest Scottish solicitors.

Published 22 July 2015

Glasgow bin lorry FAI begins today with driver's medical records and vehicle mechanics under scrutiny

The fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the Glasgow bin lorry crash begins today, with lawyers for the families of the victims saying they hope it will ensure such an incident never occurs again.

Published 22 July 2015

Figures show drop in Scottish corporate insolvencies

The number of Scottish corporate insolvencies in the first quarter of the year is 21.2 per cent lower than over the same time last year, according to newAccountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) data.

Published 22 July 2015