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Scottish lawyer cleared of ‘impossible’ speeding charge

A Dundee solicitor advocate has been acquitted of a speeding charge following a traffic expert’s opinion that police evidence against him described a physically impossible situation.

Published 23 February 2015

Nearly 40 per cent of Scots think Police Scotland’s service is inferior to its predecessor forces

Over a third of Scots believe Police Scotland’s service is inferior to that of its predecessors.

Published 23 February 2015

Criminal Appeal Court issues opinion to clarify function of sifting judge

The Criminal Appeal Court has issued an opinion designed to highlight the point that a decision of a sifting judge must relate to the questions posed in a stated case and not to the content of any earlier application to the court.

Published 23 February 2015

Up to £1 million pledged to support work of voluntary organisations

Justice secretary Michael Matheson has announced a near £1 million funding package for three leading voluntary organisations working to reduce reoffending in Scotland.

Published 20 February 2015

Blog: Selling votes – the future of corporate governance?

Ben Bestgen (pictured) discusses the idea of separating share-ownership and the right to vote attaching to shares as well as the advantages and disadvantages of such a system.

Published 20 February 2015

Laura Dunlop QC appointed convenor of Faculty’s law reform committee

A key Faculty of Advocates post, convenor of the law reform committee, has changed hands due to the general election.

Published 20 February 2015

Fake law firms ‘on the rise’ says Law Society

Scottish solicitors and members of the public are being warned to be on the alert for fraudulent law firms by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 20 February 2015

Nominal £1 confiscation orders secured against fraudsters for future earnings

The future earnings of two people who committed fraud have been seized by the Crown Office under confiscation orders for £1 each.

Published 20 February 2015

Chief constable of Police Scotland faces grilling at Holyrood

The chief constable of Police Scotland Sir Stephen House has rebuffed claims confidence in the single force is “ebbing away” during questions at Holyrood yesterday over his leadership.

Published 20 February 2015

Judges refuse pig owner’s appeal against decision to allow council to take animals into care before sale

The owner of an abandoned heard of pigs and flock of hens has failed in an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to allow a Scottish local authority to take the animals into care and sell them.

Published 20 February 2015

England: Law Society to appeal High Court decision over government plans to reduce number of duty lawyers

The Law Society has announced that it would appeal a High Court decision over government changes to the way duty solicitors are provided to those accused of a crime.

Published 19 February 2015

ICEA speakers to attend Global Law Summit next week

Brandon Malone (pictured) will be speaking on energy dispute resolution at the Global Law Summit in London next Tuesday in his capacity as one of the co-directors of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration along with co-director, Professor Peter Cameron, who is the director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, and Penelope Warne, senior partner and head of energy at global firm, CMS.

Published 19 February 2015

Law Society of Scotland to research homebuyer experience of solicitors

Homebuyers in Scotland are being asked to take part in a new research project to help find out more about what they think are the key issues involved in buying or selling a property.

Published 19 February 2015

Joanna Cherry QC chosen as SNP candidate in Edinburgh South West

Joanna Cherry QC (pictured right) has been selected by the SNP as their candidate for Edinburgh South West in the general election.

Published 19 February 2015

Tottenham Hotspur held liable after player suffers brain damage following cardiac arrest

An English Premier League football club has been held “vicariously liable” after one of its youth team players suffered a cardiac arrest in his first match and was left brain damaged.

Published 19 February 2015