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Man who pled guilty to assault but claimed ‘mental disorder’ fails in ‘defective representation’ appeal

A man who pled guilty to a violent assault who claimed he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” because he may have been suffering from a “mental disorder” at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Published 26 March 2020

Stephen McGowan: Which leisure and retail businesses can still trade and how?

On 25 March, the Scottish government published new guidance on social distancing for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including which businesses are allowed to remain open during the period of so-called “lockdown”. This comes into effect immediately, writes Stephen McGowan.

Published 26 March 2020

Directors urge government to relax insolvency rules to save businesses

Directors across the UK are asking the UK government for a temporary indemnity which allows them to keep technically insolvency firms in operation during the coronavirus pandemic without fear of legal action.

Published 26 March 2020

Tayside Health Board fined over patient deaths

Tayside Health Board has been fined following three incidents in which patients died by suicide using ligature points.

Published 26 March 2020

Niall McCluskey to present free CPD seminar on Coronavirus Act 2020

Advocate Niall McCluskey will be presenting a free one-hour CPD seminar on the Coronavirus Act 2020 on Thursday 2 April at 1pm on Zoom, to which all are welcome.

Published 26 March 2020

Shepherd and Wedderburn COVID-19 webinar series

To help clients mitigate the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic poses, Shepherd and Wedderburn's COVID-19 advisory group has launched a webinar series providing guidance on the commercial and legal issues that business owners, employers, and advisors should be considering now.

Published 26 March 2020

MacRoberts committed to supporting clients during pandemic

MacRoberts has assembled a dedicated team of legal advisers to support clients and their families during the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK.

Published 26 March 2020

COVID-19: Gilson Gray establishes emergency hotline

Gilson Gray has created an emergency hotline for all queries and issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 26 March 2020

Vlad Valiente appointed SOLAR president

The Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators (SOLAR) has appointed Vlad Valiente as its new president.

Published 26 March 2020

Naomi Pryde: Electronic service in Scotland – a necessary response to COVID-19?

The way we operate as an economy has changed, but the business world has adapted and changed with it. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all businesses to re-evaluate how they operate on a global level. Many businesses have responded by increasing their capacity to operate remotely, through the enhanced use of technology, social media and telecommunications. For law firms, providing support to their clients in the challenging times ahead is paramount. In order to do so, changes in the practical operation of the service of court documents is needed in Scotland in order to support the future needs of our clients.

Published 26 March 2020

In pictures... home-working(out)

There has been no let-up for Scullion Law's Urfan Dar, who has quickly adapted to working (and training) from home – though his kids appear to be taking a decidedly more relaxed approach.

Published 26 March 2020

Letter: The virtues of working from home

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Published 26 March 2020

Bring your own book: oaths and affirmations during the pandemic

People wishing to take oaths remotely have been asked to provide their own holy book or scripture.

Published 26 March 2020

And finally... preaching not practising

Lawyers in England have been afforded a wry laugh during the current crisis at the expense of the Solicitors' Regulation Authority.

Published 26 March 2020

Millar & Bryce and DUAL Asset Underwriting to provide new insurance option in an uncertain climate.

In a time of extreme uncertainty due to the ongoing changes imposed as a result of COVID-19, Millar & Bryce and DUAL Asset Underwriting have been working together to find an insurance solution to help support and de- risk some of the challenges that the conveyancing profession is currently facing.

Published 26 March 2020