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Law Society recognises in-house rising star John Frame and honours late Martyn Ross

Glasgow-based solicitor John Frame has won the Law Society of Scotland’s In-house Rising Star Award for 2019.

Published 17 June 2019

Duty to report suspected trafficking out for consultation

The Scottish government is seeking views on plans to introduce a legal duty on Scottish public authorities to notify Police Scotland about suspected human trafficking and exploitation victims.

Published 17 June 2019

Denise Laverty joins Gilson Gray's family team

Family law expert Denise Laverty has joined Gilson Gray.

Published 17 June 2019

Howard League post for Jacqueline Fordyce

The Faculty of Advocates’ Jacqueline Fordyce has been elected to the board of Howard League Scotland, the independent penal reform organisation.

Published 17 June 2019

Lisa Gregory: Super Puma crash highlights Scotland's FAI failings

Since the announcement last week that a fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the Super Puma helicopter crash off Shetland in August 2013, there has been a vociferous response criticising the delay of almost six years, writes Lisa Gregory.

Published 17 June 2019

Stuart McWilliams: Registration of EU nationals ahead of Brexit is critically important

Stuart McWilliams stresses the importance of registration for EU nationals ahead of Brexit.

Published 17 June 2019

PIRC: Police officer was justified in hitting violent man with baton

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that police were justified in using a baton on a man with a history of violence who threatened to stab one of the officers pursuing him.

Published 17 June 2019

Marks & Clerk Scotland team ranked 'gold tier' in IP guide

The quality of Marks & Clerk patent prosecution and litigation services has been recognised worldwide in the most recent analysis from IAM Patent 1000, a directory of intellectual property firms.

Published 17 June 2019

US: Copyright troll lawyer jailed for 14 years

A judge in Minneapolis has sentenced lawyer Paul Hansmeier to 14 years' imprisonment for a scheme which saw him upload pornographic material to file-sharing networks before threatening to sue people who downloaded them, Ars Technica reports.

Published 17 June 2019

And finally... under the influence

Thousands of criminal cases are being reviewed after the family of a judge said he had been going to work drunk.

Published 17 June 2019

Landlord to be convicted of ‘racially aggravated harassment’ following Crown appeal

Prosecutors have successfully appealed against a sheriff’s decision to acquit a landlord accused of racially aggravated harassment after he called a tenant a “f*cking black bastard”.

Published 14 June 2019

Racial crime remains most commonly reported hate crime in Scotland

New hate crime figures published today by the Crown Office show that racial crime remains the most commonly reported hate crime with 2,880 charges in 2018-19.

Published 14 June 2019

Human Rights Committee begins scrutiny of FGM protections

The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee is starting its detailed scrutiny of plans to enhance protections for women and girls who have suffered or who are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Published 14 June 2019

NUJ to intervene in judicial review against bulk surveillance law

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has been granted permission to intervene in a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA).

Published 14 June 2019