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Government QC says Wilson doctrine outdated in age of mass interception of data

A convention that prevents MPs' phones and emails being intercepted in incompatible with modern surveillance according to a government lawyer.

Published 27 July 2015

NUJ demands Police Scotland reveal whether it flouted law to spy on journalists

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to demand answers of Police Scotland after the force failed to deny it had used surveillance powers to spy on journalists in order to flush out their sources.

Published 27 July 2015

Pinsent Masons takes majority stake in compliance Venture Cerico

Pinsent Masons has announced that it has taken a majority stake in Cerico, the cloud-based compliance platform which it launched in conjunction with IT developer Campbell Nash two years ago.

Published 27 July 2015

Scots pensioner to appeal after losing Bulgarian murder retrial

David Bell Bryson, the Scottish pensioner convicted in Bulgaria of murdering an 11-year old boy, plans to appeal his conviction after losing a retrial last month.

Published 27 July 2015

Workers who hide tips risk losing employment rights

Hospitality workers who fail to declare their tips to the tax authorities cannot rely on basic employment rights and protection from unfair dismissal, lawyers have warned.

Published 27 July 2015

Police federation stresses value of 'public co-operation'

The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has defended the use of non-statutory stop and search by Police Scotland, despite criticism from politicians and the UN.

Published 27 July 2015

Football law campaign group demands Holyrood retraction

Fans Against Criminalisation (FAC) has demanded that a Scottish government minister withdraw inaccurate remarks he made about the campaign organisation's position during a Holyrood debate.

Published 27 July 2015

Scots Law 2015 advanced offer ends this week

Over 1000 lawyers and other members of the legal community have attended the Scots Law 2015 Convention Series.  The next event in the Series will take place at the Glasgow Hilton on 26th & 27th October.

Published 27 July 2015

FSB: Lobbying laws risk narrowing public debate

Plans to create a “lobbyist register” risk discouraging business from taking part in public policy debate, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned.

Published 24 July 2015

Big six energy firms fail to improve complaint handling

The worst performing energy firms have failed to improve on poor complaint handling, according to energy complaints data from the Citizens Advice Service.

Published 24 July 2015

Blog: the myriad claims arising from two buses colliding

David Armstrong discusses the claims arising from accidents involving buses and how technology might be used to avoid such tragedies in the future.

Published 24 July 2015

Charity Commission faces review over CAGE funding pull

The Charity Commission will face a judicial review of its decision to pressure charities to dissociate themselves from an advocacy group because the group said UK intelligence agencies contributed to radicalisation of Muslims.

Published 24 July 2015

Motorist takes parking company fine to Supreme Court

A driver who questioned a parking charge is taking his challenge to the UK Supreme Court after crowdfunding the fees to file his papers in court.

Published 24 July 2015

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