Luxembourg court dismisses Body Shop’s community trade mark appeal

The European Court of Justice has dismissed an action by The Body Shop to have a decision of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) to reject its application for registration of the trade mark “SPA WISDOM” annulled.

Published 16 March 2016

MPs give overwhelming backing to new snoopers' charter at second reading

MPs backed the Investigatory Powers Bill at its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday by 281-15.

Published 16 March 2016

Inner House publishes reasons for refusing David Gilroy’s FOI appeal for CCTV images from murder investigation

The Inner House of the Court of Session has published its reasons for refusing an appeal by a man found guilty of murder against a decision to refuse his freedom of information request for CCTV images which he claims “undermine his conviction”.

Published 16 March 2016

AiB consulting on Protected Trust Deed

The Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) is currently carrying out a review of the Protected Trust Deed (PTD) legislation that was introduced by the Protected Trust Deed (Scotland) Regulations 2013.

Published 15 March 2016

Experts warn of 'mass supervision' by Scottish justice system

Experts have warned of “mass supervision” by the justice system following news the number of Scottish offenders serving community sentences has increased sevenfold while the prison population remains stable, The Herald reports.

Published 15 March 2016

SLN Annual Review 2016 out now!

The Scottish Legal News Annual Review 2016 is now being delivered across Scotland. The full colour magazine features core updates in criminal, public, employment, commercial, property, family and human rights law. A digital version of the Review can be downloaded by clicking on the banner.

Published 15 March 2016

Crime continues to fall in Scotland

Most adults in Scotland experienced no crime in 2014/15 and both the overall number of crimes and the risk of being a victim of crime have continued the decreasing trend seen in recent years according to new figures.

Published 15 March 2016

CMS advises SSE plc on the £355m sale of stake in Clyde Wind Farm

CMS has advised SSE plc (SSE) on the signing of agreements for the disposal of 49.9 per cent of its operational 349.6MW Clyde Wind Farm to Greencoat UK Wind Plc (UKW) and GMPF & LPFA Infrastructure LLP (GLIL), a partnership between the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority, for a headline consideration of £355 million.

Published 15 March 2016

CCTV operator alleges frequent breaches at council

A CCTV operator has alleged regular breaches of protocol at a council in Scotland, The Ferret reports.

Published 15 March 2016

Hundreds of lawyers sign letter condemning new snooper's charter

More than 200 lawyers have said theInvestigatory Powers Bill breaches international surveillance standards and is not fit for purpose ahead of its second reading in the House of Commons today.

Published 15 March 2016

Scots lawyer who submitted ‘fictitious’ legal aid claims struck off for ‘professional misconduct’

A Scots lawyer who submitted false legal aid claims has been struck off the roll of solicitors in Scotland after being found guilty of professional misconduct.

Published 15 March 2016

Ireland: Online conversation held to constitute child pornography

A man in Ireland has failed in his appeal against conviction for producing child pornography in a Skype conversation with a third party.

Published 14 March 2016