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England: Judge criticises estranged couple for legal bill of over £1m

A former Russian beauty queen has been awarded £3.3 million following a legal battle with her husband amid a judge's criticism of the pair for running up a lawyers' bill of over £1m.

Published 5 June 2015

Madras pupils hailed as Law Society debate winners

Pupils from Madras College in St Andrews, Fife have been hailed as the best young debaters in Scotland.

Published 5 June 2015

Summit to discuss local scrutiny of Scottish policing

A conference focussed on local scrutiny of police forces is to take place in Scotland this summer, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has announced.

Published 5 June 2015

Foreign adoption order recognised at common law in Scottish legal first

An adoption order granted by a court in Ethiopia is thought to be the first foreign adoption order to been recognised and registered at common law in Scotland.

Published 5 June 2015

Defenders owed ‘duty of care’ to self-employed worker who was injured during pantomime set-up, judge rules

A self-employed stage production manager has been awarded damages of £10,000 after being injured in a fall while unloading the set for a Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime.

Published 4 June 2015

Crown defends decision to prosecute Coulson saying 'hindsight is a great thing'

Following the collapse of former News of the World editor and convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson's perjury trial at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, prosecutors defended their decision to prosecute the Prime Minister's former director of communications, saying they had no reason to believe the evidence which was the focus of the trial would not be deemed legally relevant.

Published 4 June 2015

Murderer's challenge to whole-life tariff to be heard by Grand Chamber

A triple murderer's challenge to his life sentence is to be heard again at the European Court of Human Rights.

Published 4 June 2015

MSPs to consider consequences of EU referendum today

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee will today consider the implications for Scotland of the proposed “in-out” referendum and renegotiation of the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU).

Published 4 June 2015

High Court to hear MPs challenge to DRIPA

The High Court in London is to hear a challenge by two MPs to the UK government's surveillance law.

Published 4 June 2015

England: SRA backs changes to separate business rule in face of Law Society opposition

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has given the go-ahead for plans to radically change the separate business rule – against strong opposition from the Law Society.

Published 4 June 2015

Scottish Human Rights Commission awarded United Nations “A Status” for second time

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has achieved the top grade of accreditation, for the second time, from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions.

Published 3 June 2015

Proposals for opt-out system of organ donation launched

New laws to establish a system for opting out of organ donation could be considered next year.

Published 3 June 2015

Public given chance to voice concerns about law meant to combat sectarian abuse in football

The general public will be given the opportunity to voice concerns about plans for a law meant to tackle sectarian abuse at football matches.

Published 3 June 2015

Maclay Murray & Spens wins double gold in intellectual property rankings

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (MMS) has seen its IP & technology team ranked among the best in the world by two publications.

Published 3 June 2015

Bringing the statute book up to date

An act from 1979 allowing referendums for a Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly is among legislation being recommended for repeal by the law commissions.

Published 3 June 2015