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Anderson Strathern lawyer accredited by Law Society as planning law specialist

Sarah Baillie of Anderson Strathern has joined a select group of only 12 other Law Society of Scotland accredited specialists in planning law.

Published 14 September 2015

Three geeks conquer three peaks

Three “geeks” from Blackadders Solicitors have put their bodies on the line to complete the “3 Peak Challenge”. This is a gruelling experience which involves scaling the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland within just 24 hours.

Published 14 September 2015

Newsagent wins appeal against Scottish water company over liability to pay for unwanted and unused services

A newsagent has successfully challenged a sheriff’s decision that a water services company was entitled to charge him for water supplied to the premises even though he never wanted or used the services provided.

Published 11 September 2015

PI lawyers call for revival of child abuse cases if time-bar abolished

Personal injury lawyers have called on Scottish ministers to allow potentially thousands of historical child abuse cases previously rejected to be brought again if they lift a time bar on damages claims.

Published 11 September 2015

ECJ rules travel time is working time for some employees

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time.

Published 11 September 2015

Harper Macleod expands into Shetland as island firm joins up

 (L to R): Chris Dowle, Professor Lorne Crerar, Paul Rutherford and Donald Munro outside the DSR offices at St Olaf's Hall in Lerwick. (Photograph by John Coutts) Harper Macleod LLP has announced its expansion into Shetland after acquiring the business of Dowle, Smith & Rutherford (DSR).

Published 11 September 2015

Voting open for Law Society Council by-election in Edinburgh

Voting is now open for the Law Society of Scotland’s Council by-election and solicitors in Edinburgh are being encouraged to make the most of their vote.

Published 11 September 2015

Justice Committee publishes stage 1 report on apologies legislation

The Justice Committee has today published the Stage 1 report on the Apologies (Scotland) Bill.

Published 11 September 2015

An update on hybrid complaints from the Court of Session

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) has notified of an update in "hybrid complaints" following a court ruling.

Published 11 September 2015

Scottish government announces £1.85m extra support for sexual abuse victims

The Scottish government has announced an extra £1.85 million is to be invested in providing additional support for victims of sex crimes across Scotland.

Published 11 September 2015

Networking group launched to help young professionals in construction

Maclay Murray and Spens LLP (MMS), BAM Construction and 3DReid have launched Young Professionals in Construction (YPiC), a cross-industry networking group for the construction and engineering sector.

Published 11 September 2015

England: CPS survey sees demand for greater victim and witness protections in court

Victims and witnesses in England and Wales are to be given the chance to give evidence behind courtroom screens following research that suggests almost half of all victims express reservations about giving evidence at trials.

Published 11 September 2015

Man who murdered wife loses ‘defective representation’ appeal but judges call for change in solicitor advocate instruction rules

The Criminal Appeal Court has “very strongly” suggested that consideration should be given to changing the rules on the instruction of solicitor advocates, in disposing of an appeal claiming “defective representation”.

Published 10 September 2015

SCBA president promises support for all High Court pleaders, 'wigged or unwigged' after Yazdanparast

President of the Scottish Criminal Bar Association, Thomas Leonard Ross  has responded to the Society of Solicitor Advocates concerns, published in yesterday'sScottish Legal News that the High Court has criticised the independence, integrity and professionalism of criminal defence solicitor advocates and solicitors "once again".

Published 10 September 2015