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Mother who raised action for reduction of disposition against son wins appeal after judges rule forged deed was void

A mother who raised an action seeking reduction of a forged disposition which purported to convey a property to her son for “love, favour and affection” has successfully appealed to have the deed set aside.

Published 6 November 2015

First Minister to control police spying of MSPs as Wilson Doctrine made law

The First Minister will have the power to approve police requests to spy on MSPs under new legislation the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed.

Published 6 November 2015

SCCRC rejects Megrahi application as not ‘in the interests of justice’

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has decided “it is not in the interests of justice” to continue with a review of the conviction of the late Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi over the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing and has refused the application made on his behalf.

Published 6 November 2015

Sheriff criticises police over dumping man in cell who should have been hospitalised

A sheriff has criticised police officers over the death of an injured man two years ago who was put in police custody instead of being taken to hospital.

Published 6 November 2015

Thorntons achieves its best ever ranking in Chambers 2016 guide

Thorntons has been named as one of the country’s top performing legal companies in this year's Chambers UK Legal Directory.

Published 6 November 2015

Law Society publishes recommendations to improve diversity in Scotland’s judiciary

Outreach work in schools, mentoring and reviewing the current skill set for sheriffs and judges could help create a more diverse judiciary in Scotland according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 6 November 2015

Civil engineering firm fined £32,000 after employee had legs crushed

Angus civil engineering firm has been fined £32,000 over an accident that left a 17-year-old employee permanently disfigured and facing arthritis in his legs,The Courier reports.

Published 6 November 2015

England: legal aid cuts and court fees prompt spike in demand for free legal advice

The demand for free legal advice has soared in the wake of legal aid cuts and court fees according to a report by a charity that organises pro bono clinics.

Published 6 November 2015

Ay Caramba! Mexican judges rule access to cannabis a human right

The Supreme Court of Mexico has ruled that the growing, possession and smoking of marijuana for recreational purposes is legal – but only for the four plaintiffs in the case it considered.

Published 6 November 2015

Man accused of historic child sex offences fails in appeal against ‘seven-year extension of time’

A man accused of historic child sex offences who challenged a sheriff’s “unique” decision to grant an application by prosecutors for an extension of time to bring him to trial more than seven years after his first appearance in court has had his appeal refused.

Published 5 November 2015

Police unit that ‘seriously’ breached spy code under control of chief constable candidate

A candidate for chief constable of Police Scotland has come under pressure after a watchdog found a unit under his control “seriously” breached a code on the use of spy legislation The Herald reports.

Published 5 November 2015

New Sheriff Appeal Court holds first sitting

 

Published 5 November 2015

DWF appointed by three Scottish local authorities on landmark energy scheme

DWF has been appointed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council to advise on a £120 million joint energy from waste development in East Tullo.

Published 5 November 2015

TLT advises Barburrito on strategic acquisition

TLT has advised Manchester-headquartered burrito bar Barburrito on the share acquisition ofPinto Restaurants (Holdings) Limited, which has five Mexican restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This brings Barburrito’s portfolio from 12 to 17 UK restaurants.

Published 5 November 2015

Dean pledges support for new appeal court

The Dean of the Faculty of Advocates has pledged his support and the support of the profession to make the new Sheriff Appeal Court a success.

Published 5 November 2015