MPs call on UK government to form committee on pandemic litigation

A group of MPs has called on the UK government to establish an expert committee detailing legal guidance on fairly dealing with legal claims arising out of the pandemic.

Published 28 May 2020

Elaine McIlroy: An employer’s guide to the UK quarantine rules

From 8 June 2020, anyone entering the UK (whether as a resident or a visitor) will have to self-isolate for 14 days under new government rules. Elaine McIlroy details the latest rules and how they affect employers. Please note that the rules are reviewed every three weeks.

Published 28 May 2020

R3 issues checklist to help Scottish firms manage coronavirus

The Scottish arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has issued an eight-point checklist to help owner/managers across the region deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses.

Published 28 May 2020

Housing and Property Chamber continues postponement of cases

The Housing and Property Chamber has extended its postponement of case management discussions (CMDs) and scheduled hearings until July 9 at the earliest.

Published 27 May 2020

Lady Dorrian: High Court jury trials to restart in July

High Court jury trials are to restart in July, the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian has announced.

Published 26 May 2020

ESPC: How the Scottish property market might move forward after lockdown

ESPC has highlighted how the Scottish property market might move forward after the coronavirus lockdown measures have been eased.

Published 26 May 2020

Scot Dignan admitted to WS Society remotely in 500-year first

Scot Dignan has become the first lawyer in the history of the WS Society to be admitted as a Writer to the Signet remotely.

Published 26 May 2020

Japan’s top prosecutor gambled and lost

A prosecutor has resigned after visiting the home of a journalist in Tokyo to play mahjong during Japan's lockdown.

Published 26 May 2020

MSPs support further emergency coronavirus legislation

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously supported new emergency coronavirus measures.

Published 21 May 2020

Vulnerable adults and coronavirus in Scotland

Rachel Walker, solicitor and associate at the Legal Services Agency, discusses the provisions for vulnerable adults in the coronavirus legislation.

Published 20 May 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Fiona McPhail on how Shelter’s legal team is fighting for the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis

If anything positive can be taken from the coronavirus pandemic it is that, almost overnight, accommodation was found for large numbers of Scotland’s street-homeless population. As soon as the lockdown was announced charities and local authorities mobilised, hotel rooms were acquired and rough-sleepers were given safe and secure rooms in which to isolate.

Published 19 May 2020

Douglas Mill: Journal of the plague year

Douglas Mill looks at the handling of the current crisis and its likely outcomes for the profession.

Published 18 May 2020

Karyn McCluskey: Progressive justice must have the last word on prisons

Karyn McCluskey explains why the status quo on prison numbers cannot continue.

Published 18 May 2020

Alan McIntosh: Scotland must act to avert a problem debt crisis

Alan McIntosh explains why it is "vital" that the amendments proposed by Jackie Baillie MSP to the latest coronavirus bill are implemented.

Published 15 May 2020

Third of women in law see drop in income during pandemic

Sixty-six per cent of women in the legal profession say the coronavirus crisis is having an impact on their mental health, with over a third experiencing a drop in income and 67 per cent reporting that the organisation they work for has furloughed staff.

Published 15 May 2020