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  • Update: Property managers advised to be code-compliant ahead of January 2018Update: Property managers advised to be code-compliant ahead of January 2018
    Daryl Mcintosh advises property managers to be well-prepared ahead of the introduction of new rules next year. All solicitor firms and letting agents managing property in Scotland need to be aware of the Letting Agent Code of Practice being introduced by the Scottish
  • Blog: Will the Alton Towers decision influence Scots law?Blog: Will the Alton Towers decision influence Scots law?
    It will be interesting to see whether the recent fine of £5 million on the operator of Alton Towers has any influence on the future approach to be taken by Scottish courts in health and safety sentencing, writes Graham Reid. Following an accident that took place at a
  • First Minister criticised over ‘shambolic failure’ of police IT projectFirst Minister criticised over ‘shambolic failure’ of police IT project
    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is facing criticism over a scrapped police IT project that has been called a “shambolic failure”. During First Minister’s Questions, the Scottish Conservatives’ Douglas Ross MSP told the First Minister that the shelving of the
  • Human Rights included in Holyrood’s Equalities Committee remitHuman Rights included in Holyrood’s Equalities Committee remit
    This Scottish Parliament has agreed the Equal Opportunities Committee remit be expanded to include scrutiny of human rights. The committee will now be known as the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, and its work programme, due to be published at the end of October,
  • Lady Dorrian to deliver SYLA annual lectureLady Dorrian to deliver SYLA annual lecture
    Thursday 27 October Hilton Grosvenor, Edinburgh 7pm The Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association, in association with Scott & Co, has announced that its Annual Lecture for 2016 will be delivered by the Lord Justice Clerk, the Rt Hon Lady Dorrian, on the topic of
  • Churchill and IrelandChurchill and Ireland
    Churchill and Ireland Churchill’s close links to Ireland and his involvement in Irish politics have been somewhat underplayed in most biographies, a state of affairs that is remedied in Paul Bew’s concise but thorough book. Churchill, the arch-imperialist, had a
  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt: A Memoir by Ross HarperBeyond Reasonable Doubt: A Memoir by Ross Harper
    Ross Harper remembers Ross Harper, as author of this biography, certainly needs no introduction to Scottish lawyers given the number of legal roles, both in Scotland and at the International Bar Association, which he undertook during his lengthy career. That career
  • Almost half of detentions under Mental Health Act made without mental health officer inputAlmost half of detentions under Mental Health Act made without mental health officer input
    Close to half (44 per cent) of urgent mental health detentions made in the past year were initiated by a doctor without the support and expertise of a mental health officer, it has been revealed. In a report published today, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
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