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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

Blog: Licensing law must move with the times to regulate taxi booking apps

Michael McDougall  says licensing law must keep pace with developments in the provision of taxi services.

Published 22 July 2015

Italy in breach of ECHR by preventing gay marriage

In its in the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy(application no. 18766/11 and 36030/11) the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of article 8 – right to respect for private and family life – of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Published 22 July 2015

Debt cases in court fall by nearly half over past five years

The number of debt cases being considered by Scottish courts has continued to fall for the fifth year in a row.

Published 22 July 2015

Osborne brings forward Bank of England Bill

The UK government is bringing forward legislation to improve the governance of the Bank of England and consolidate its financial regulation powers.

Published 22 July 2015

Ryanair refused permission to appeal to Supreme Court over Aer Lingus divestiture order

The UK Supreme Court has refused an application by a budget airline to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling in a case relating to a dispute over its minority stake in a another carrier.

Published 21 July 2015

SLN Spotlight: Philip Rodney

Philip Rodney chairman of Burness Paull comes under the SLN Spotlight this week.

Published 21 July 2015

Report finds LGBT people face inequality in Scotland despite advances

A report examining LGBT equality in Scotland has found that while advances have been made in legal and social attitudes towards LGBT people they still face widespread inequality.

Published 21 July 2015