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New powers for Scotland’s appeal court come into force

Legal appeals in civil cases from Scotland decided from today will now need permission from judges before they reach the UK’s highest court, following changes made in the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Published 22 September 2015

Four advocates take silk and sheriff appointed QC

Four advocates – Roisin Higgins, Dr Kirsty Hood,Shelagh McCall and Dr Joseph Morrow – have taken silk after being approved by Her Majesty for “the rank and dignity” of Queen’s Counsel.

Published 22 September 2015

‘Duty of candour’ for healthcare professionals could duplicate existing patient protections

The Law Society of Scotland has raised concerns that proposals to legislate for a “duty of candour” in healthcare could duplicate existing processes and potentially threaten the trust between patient and healthcare practitioners.

Published 22 September 2015

Morton Fraser appoints Graham Scott to private client team

Scots law firm Morton Fraser has appointed Graham Scott as a partner in the firm's private client team in Edinburgh, bringing the division's number of partners to ten.

Published 22 September 2015

Scottish law firm recognised in national awards

A Scottish law firm has been shortlisted for a national award for its work on a campaign which capitalised on opportunities to market property ahead of the changes in stamp duty tax.

Published 22 September 2015

ECHR is a success, says former Attorney General Dominic Grieve

The European Convention on Human Rights is "arguably the single most important legal and political instrument for promoting human rights on our planet", former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP told an audience in Edinburgh yesterday.

Published 22 September 2015

Harper Macleod extends support for top Scottish wheelchair racer as minister opens new Edinburgh office

From left: Paul Wheelhouse, Martin Darroch, Lorne Crerar and Sammi

Published 22 September 2015

Children could lose out under new succession law, Law Society warns

Children could lose out under new proposals to change the rules of intestacy, the Law Society of Scotland has said today.

Published 22 September 2015

Strasbourg court elects new president

The European Court of Human Rights has elected Guido Raimondi from Italy as its new President. He will take office on 1st November 2015.

Published 22 September 2015

Harrods security guard unfairly dismissed for enforcing safety guidelines against staff

An employee of Harrods who was unfairly dismissed for enforcing health and safety guidelines against two staff members has been awarded £18,000 by an employment tribunal.

Published 22 September 2015

England: Judicial watchdog looking into lost luggage judge

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) is looking into the conduct of a High Court judge who heard a case involving British Airways a fortnight after the airline lost his luggage.

Published 22 September 2015

Commercial property tenant’s rights in lease with landlord ended on dissolution, judges rule

The owner of a hotel which was struck off the Companies Register and dissolved has failed in an appeal against a decision that its tenancy agreement with its landlord ended on its dissolution.

Published 22 September 2015

Oil and gas consultancy company director disqualified for six years over failure to pay taxes

The sole director of a company which provided consultancy services to the oil and gas industry has been disqualified for a period of six years over his failure to pay tax.

Published 21 September 2015

Law Society welcomes new Sheriff Appeal Court regulations from Scottish government

Following the news the Scottish governmenthas temporarily backed down over proposed legal aid rates for summary criminal appeals, the Law Society of Scotland welcomed the new regulations.

Published 21 September 2015

MacAskill calls for supermarkets to pay their fair share for alcohol licenses

Supermarkets should pay more for the right to sell alcohol according to the former justice minister.

Published 21 September 2015