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Thorntons has strengthened its specialist property teams with the promotion of three new partners. Nicola McCafferty in Dundee and Aimee Gibbons in Glasgow have been appointed as commercial real estate partners while Hannah Fraser in Edinburgh has been elevated to residential property partner.

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Five new senators of the College of Justice have been installed at individual ceremonies in Parliament House, Edinburgh. Andrew Young QC, Jonathan Lake QC, Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC, John Scott QC and Michael Stuart QC, were installed in Court 1.

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Katie Boyle has been promoted to chair of international human rights law at the University of Stirling. Professor Boyle leads on human rights research and teaching in the faculty of arts and humanities, including establishing an interdisciplinary masters programme together with Rowan Cruft, professo

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The Law Society of Scotland has congratulated John Scott QC as he today takes the precedent-setting step from solicitor advocate to senator of the College of Justice. Lord Scott is one of five new senators taking up their roles today in the College of Justice – the appointments were publicly a

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Members of the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association (SSBA) will no longer accept new instructions in summary cases where a contravention of section one of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 is alleged. Section one of the Act, which introduced a new offence to tackle coercive control, covers

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Criminal trials in England and Wales could stop completely from today as barristers take industrial action over legal aid funding for defence practitioners. The Criminal Bar Association is moving ahead with its work-to-rule, with bar leaders saying they were taking action because real incomes for cr

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Members of the Glasgow Bar Association (GBA) will no longer accept court appointments in cases where accused persons are not allowed to represent themselves after 90 per cent of member firms voted in favour of action, the body has announced. The GBA represents and promotes the interests of approxima

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Lawyers are to run the distance from Edinburgh to Kyiv this month in aid of Ukraine. David Duncan and Douglas McConnell from Duncan & McConnell Solicitors are among a team running 2698 km between 1 May and 31 May, which equates to 208km/130miles each.

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Digital driving licences used by millions of Australians are remarkably easy to falsify without detection, researchers have found. Since 2019, motorists in New South Wales (NSW) have been able to use a smartphone app to prove their identity to police or when buying alcohol in shops and restaurants,

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A local politician has resigned on the basis he cannot work amid allegations he is secretly the artist Banksy. William Gannon, a councillor in the south-western Welsh town of Pembroke Dock, gave the bizarre reason for his immediate resignation yesterday, The National reports.

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Three drunken tourists who trespassed into a bear enclosure in Alaska have been jailed. The men were sentenced last week for the incident in 2018 which saw them wade into the Brooks River at the Katmai National Park and interrupt the salmon-loving bears' dinner.

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A coffee shop in Florence has been fined €1,000 (£847) after a customer got angry over the price of an espresso. The customer called the police after being charged €2 (£1.70) for his decaffeinated coffee at Ditta Artigianale in the centre of the city.