Fire-damaged church owner’s counterclaim for insurance payout dismissed

The owner of a fire-damaged church whose claim on an insurance policy was repudiated by insurers has had a counterclaim for indemnification for losses arising from the blaze dismissed by a judge in the Court of Session.

Published 25 February 2015

England: ex-wife told she has no right to an ‘income for life’ and to get a job

A judge in the Court of Appeal has told the former wife of a millionaire horse surgeon to find a job and that she has no right to expect “an income for life” at the expense of her ex-husband.

Published 24 February 2015

Calling all family lawyers!

The Scottish Legal News Annual Review 2015 contains an excellent family law section.

Published 24 February 2015

Blog: Insolvency – an industry that works for itself?

Mike Dailly offers the view that the insolvency industry in Scotland often preys on the misery of the vulnerable.

Published 24 February 2015

Scottish government consultation invites views on fees charged by courts

A new Scottish government consultation invites views on the fees charged by the Court of Session,Accountant of Court, Sheriff & Justice of the Peace Courts, High Court, Office of the Public Guardian, Personal Injury Court and the Sheriff Appeal Court.

Published 24 February 2015

Joseph Beltrami

Joseph Beltrami, founder of Beltrami & Company passed away last night.

Published 24 February 2015

Punishment part of 20 years was ‘not excessive’ for sex change murderer, appeal court rules

A woman who was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty of murdering a vulnerable neighbour has had an appeal against the sentence imposed refused.

Published 24 February 2015

Anti-food fraud crime unit to be established

A specialist crime unit to deal with food fraud is to be established in Scotland and will involve organisations including Police Scotland, the UK Border Agency, HMRC as well as local authorities.

Published 23 February 2015

Scottish government to launch campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation

A public information campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation is being launched by the Scottish government later this year.

Published 23 February 2015

Heroin being smuggled into Perth Prison increases by 500 per cent

The amount of heroin discovered being smuggled into Perth Prison has risen by 500 per cent in the past year.

Published 23 February 2015

UK authorities criticised following news London girls joining ISIS had contact with Glaswegian jihadi bride

Solicitor Aamer Anwar has claimed security officials were aware that one of the schoolgirls from London who travelled to Syria last week to join ISIS had been in contact with Glaswegian girl Aqsa Mahmood who joined the organisation last year.

Published 23 February 2015

Lord advocate calls for contempt of court reform in SLN Annual Review 2015

The lord advocate Frank Mulholland QC believes the Contempt of Court Act 1981 must be altered to take account of the rise of online activity and the change in the law that led to the abolition of double jeopardy.

Published 23 February 2015