The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act – Does it work?

May 18, 2016

The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012 was introduced by the Scottish Government in a bid to wipe out sectarianism and other football-related offences in Scotland. The Act criminalises behaviour which is threatening, hateful or offensive in any way at a regulated football match, the Act includes behaviour such as offensive singing […]

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Prescription in Scotland – A Brief History of Time

March 17, 2016

Prescription has an important role to play in any legal system; it creates an element of certainty for parties that they will not face action after a certain time limit has passed. Prescription gives closure to unresolved legal issues, but time-limits must be sufficient to give parties the choice of taking legal action, and strike […]

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The new website of CALM Scotland has just gone live. Resolving family disputes via mediation.

February 24, 2016

The new website of CALM Scotland has just gone live at www.calmscotland.co.uk. CALM (which stands for Comprehensive Accredited Lawyer Mediators) is passionate about resolving family disputes via mediation rather than litigation.  In their website (designed and built by Moore Legal Technology with great assistance from CALM Scotland member Scott Docherty – follow Scott on Twitter […]

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The Edinburgh Law Review – Get FREE online access to this great Scots Law resource for 30 days!

January 29, 2016

The Edinburgh Law Review is an international forum for the discussion of law. The journal has a focus on Scots Law and the Scottish legal system, making it indispensable to practitioners wishing to stay informed of recent and current developments. So we are pleased to announce that Edinburgh University Press is offering free online access […]

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Parenting Apart sessions from Relationships Scotland are now available across Scotland

January 15, 2016

Family lawyers are all too well aware of the emotional trauma that often derails attempts to negotiate divorce and separation issues in a calm and reasonable manner. More than one in three children are now likely to experience their parents getting divorced or separating before they turn 16. Meanwhile, parents who have decided to separate […]

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Upcoming CPD Seminars for Scottish Lawyers: Litigation, Business & Private Client/Agriculture

December 2, 2015

Looking for extra CPD hours? Needing to top up your team’s knowledge and expertise? These litigation, business and private client/agricultural seminars in Scotland may be of particular interest to you: Arbitration in Scotland – A Practical Guide Glasgow, 18 March 2016 Flight Compensation Claims – Litigating Against Airlines Glasgow, 11 March 2016 Business Disputes – […]

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Misuse of Drugs Act Section 23 – What are reasonable grounds to suspect?

October 30, 2015

The admissibility of evidence arising from police searches of vehicles under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has become fertile ground for legal argument in recent years. The argument which found prominence in McAughey v HM Advocate [2013] HCJAC 163; 2014 SCCR 11 has resulted in a relative flood of cases centring upon the state of mind of […]

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Changes to Scots Law of Succession – Amending the Rules to Match the Myths?

September 3, 2015

Earlier this year, 29th June 2015 the Scottish Government opened a consultation paper on the Law of Succession based on the SLC Report on Succession from 2009. It is argued that Scots Law in this area has been in need of reform for some time and does not accurately reflect modern society. Many of the […]

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Harry Clarke, Private Prosecution and the Glasgow Bin Lorry Tragedy FAI

August 21, 2015

Should Harry Clarke face private prosecution for the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy that happened last year? Amidst much speculation on social media channels, there are currently a few terrific legal blogs publishing useful info that are worth checking out:- Lallands Peat Worrier: “Answer for your actions, Harry…”  (20 August 2015) Lallands Peat Worrier: Harry Clarke […]

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Buying a Scottish property doesn’t have to be challenging if you’ve a good solicitor on your side

August 21, 2015

The implementation of home reports in 2008 marked a significant milestone in terms of how properties were bought and sold in Scotland. It gave assurances to buyers and sellers alike that the professionals involved (solicitors and surveyors) were fully regulated by their respective organisations. Nevertheless, buying and selling a property can be a daunting and […]

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