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Trainee solicitors to benefit from new Living Wage requirement

The Law Society of Scotland has agreed an increase to both its recommended and mandatory minimum pay rates for trainee solicitors.

Published 1 March 2016

Scottish government recommends Holyrood approve Scotland Bill

The Scottish government has recommended that the Scottish Parliament consents to the Scotland Bill.

Published 1 March 2016

Twenty-five solicitors found guilty of professional misconduct in 2014-15

The Law Society of Scotland prosecuted 31 cases of misconduct before the independent Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal (SSDT) in 2014-2015 and made 25 findings of professional misconduct.

Published 1 March 2016

Brian McConnachie QC responds to Lord President's comments on cross-examination in rape cases

Brian McConnachie QC explains the importance of cross-examination on behalf of accused persons and expresses concern at the idea gaining currency that complainers in sexual offence cases deserve special treatment as distinct from other complainers.

Published 1 March 2016

Rapist who claimed he ‘reasonably believed’ complainer had consented loses appeal against conviction

A man found guilty of raping a woman who was allegedly incapable of consenting as a result of a mental disorder has failed in an appeal against conviction.

Published 1 March 2016

Judge rules company failed to serve valid notice of claim as parties ‘did not intend to allow deviation from provisions on service’

A company which bought a whisky distillers and sought to intimate a £500,000 claim against the sellers has had its damages action rejected after it failed to serve a valid notice.

Published 29 February 2016

Lord Carloway calls for alleged rape victims to be protected against aggressive cross-examination

Lord Carloway has called for alleged rape victims to be safeguarded from aggressive cross-examination in court.

Published 29 February 2016

Miller Samuel and Hill Brown merge

Published 29 February 2016

Walter Mercer appointed summary sheriff

A summary sheriff has been appointed for Glasgow and Strathkelvin by Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Published 29 February 2016

Scots lawyer warns of threat to workers' rights in event of Brexit

A Scots lawyer has said it would be a “travesty” for Scots workers’ rights if the UK left the EU.

Published 29 February 2016

Dates announced for air weapons licensing scheme

Air gun owners will have six months to obtain certificates for their weapons before new laws come into force.

Published 29 February 2016

Fifty-two communities benefit from £9m Scottish Land Fund

Nine million pounds has now been awarded from the Scottish Land Fund to help 52 communities to buy land.

Published 29 February 2016

Businesses urged to pay VAT on time after court rules six figure fine for one day payment delay ‘proportionate’

Accountancy firm RSM is advising businesses to pay their VAT on time after a Tax Tribunal ruled that a six figure fine imposed for missing a VAT payment by one day was "proportionate".

Published 29 February 2016

Law society welcomes technology in justice report

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Evidence and Procedure Review.

Published 29 February 2016