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Holyrood committee recommends review of widely ridiculed Lobbying Bill

A bill widely ridiculed for being tantamount to pointless has been recommended for review by a Holyrood committee.

Published 15 December 2015

Pinsent Masons lands on £400m Aberdeen Harbour Project

Aberdeen Harbour has appointed Pinsent Masons as legal adviser for its proposed Harbour Expansion Project.

Published 15 December 2015

Half year results see Clyde & Co report well balanced global growth

Clyde & Co has announced first half fee income for FY15/16 was £192 million, up 8 per cent from £178m in FY14/15. On a currency constant basis the firm said the increase would be closer to ten per cent. The figure does not include revenues from Simpson & Marwick, which ‎merged with Clyde & Co on 1 October 2015.

Published 15 December 2015

Blog: UK withdrawal from ECHR would send out ‘entirely wrong’ signal

Joanna Cherry QC MP reminds us that the UK has set standards for the world in safeguarding human rights and that ensuring those rights apply to everyone is not a mere inconvenience but is fundamentally necessary in a country that wishes to be governed by the rule of law.

Published 15 December 2015

Sturgeon hopeful of ‘Valentine’s Day deal’ with Cameron over tax powers

A fair and final deal on the fiscal framework accompanying the Scotland Bill has to be in place by February, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has agreed with the Prime Minister, David Cameron at a meeting in Downing Street.

Published 15 December 2015

Faculty ‘privileged’ to play part in human rights event

The Faculty of Advocates was “privileged” to play a part in a successful event to give young people a better grasp on human rights.

Published 15 December 2015

Dean of Faculty welcomes Crown’s non-penalisation of refugees policy

The Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, James Wolffe QC, has welcomed the Crown’s publication of a policy on non-penalisation of refugees.

Published 15 December 2015

Prisoner fails in human rights challenge to rehabilitation ‘prioritisation policy’

A rapist who claimed that the Scottish Prison Service had failed in their duty to provide him with a reasonable opportunity for rehabilitation has had a petition for judicial review dismissed.

Published 14 December 2015

Police used spy laws to flush out whistle-blowers 12 times

Police have confirmed they used spying laws to try and reveal journalistic sources 12 times.

Published 14 December 2015

Scottish environment watchdog accused of supporting ‘fracking cheerleaders’

A watchdog has been accused of supporting “fracking cheerleaders” to win public approval for the widely criticised method of gas extraction.

Published 14 December 2015

Calls for Crown Office to re-examine 2005 death of young Swedish woman

A solicitor has said the Lord Advocate should re-examine the case of a Swedish woman whose body was found on Prestwick beach ten years ago and was believed to have committed suicide, The National reports.

Published 14 December 2015

Holyrood committee says ‘cultural shift’ needed to improve welfare system

Claimants should be treated with dignity and respect by the social security system, according to a report published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee, which said a huge cultural shift will be required if Scotland is to create a better welfare system.

Published 14 December 2015

Strathclyde Law Professor wins top book prize

A legal academic at the University of Strathclyde has landed a national book prize.

Published 14 December 2015

Inner House rules in favour of landlord’s right to calculate dilapidations claim in line with lease

The Inner House of the Court of Session has ruled in favour of landlords in Scotland being able to recover dilapidations from tenants in accordance with an express provision in the lease.

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: The joy of giving at Christmas – this year’s top 5 must have gifts!

Karin Bousie gives some timely advice on giving gifts for Christmas… without falling foul of the inheritance tax rules.

Published 14 December 2015