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Double honours for intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk in Scotland has received separate accolades from two intellectual property (IP) publications.

Published 9 July 2015

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC appointed to post on tropical island

If Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC (pictured) was looking for variety and a change of scenery in her job, she has certainly found it.

Published 9 July 2015

Scottish Police Authority chairman to stand down in September

The chairman of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) will not seek re-appointment at the end of his current term.

Published 9 July 2015

Ex-judge denied permission to appeal against conviction

A former judge who was jailed for lying to police in the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal has failed in her appeal against conviction.

Published 9 July 2015

Law Society launches EU referendum survey

The Law Society of Scotland has launched a survey to find out how the European Union impacts the work of solicitors, ahead of the referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU.

Published 8 July 2015

New Zealand: internet trolling to carry fines and imprisonment under new law

Internet trolling in New Zealand could result in jail following the introduction of a new law.

Published 8 July 2015

England: government loosens restrictions imposed on domestic abuse victims following Law Society lobbying

The UK government has loosened restrictions imposed on victims of domestic abuse which were preventing them from accessing legal aid in family cases, even when it was accepted by the government that a victim had suffered violence.

Published 8 July 2015

Man appears in court charged under ancient law of hamesucken

A man has appeared in court charged under an ancient law for which the penalty is death.

Published 8 July 2015

Blog: 'Coercive control' should include denial of contact

Families Need Fathers Scotland discuss the perils of a gendered definition of domestic abuse.

Published 8 July 2015

MMS seeks to cement its position as a leading Shariah-compliant dealmaker

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (MMS) has become the new host partner of the Edinburgh Ethical Finance Roundtable series, following a year in which the firm acted on more than £200 million of Shariah-compliant real estate activity in the UK.

Published 8 July 2015

Case for reform of compulsory purchase strong says Faculty

The case for major reform of the law on compulsory purchase is “strong”, the Faculty of Advocates has submitted to the Scottish Law Commission.

Published 8 July 2015

Prison watchdog criticises lengthy detention periods at Dungavel caused by avoidable delays

A number of asylum seekers at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre are being locked up for too long according to a report by prison inspectors.

Published 8 July 2015

England: MPs warned against second guessing judges who chair government inquiries

A Court of Appeal judge has warned that judges could become reluctant to chair government inquiries if they are second guessed by MPs on select committees.

Published 7 July 2015

Views sought on health bill proposals for new criminal offence of wilful neglect

People from across Scotland are being asked for their views on legislation which will introduce a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of adults as well as restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes and the establishment of no smoking areas in hospital grounds.

Published 7 July 2015

Devolution of abortion raised again in Scotland Bill talks

SNP MPs have given their support to a push for the devolution of abortion laws to Holyrood amidst concerns it would lead to cross-border abortion tourism.

Published 7 July 2015