New documentary on Sheku Bayoh case sparks fresh call for public inquiry

The Scottish government has said it is still considering a public inquiry into the death of Kirkcaldy man Sheku Bayoh in police custody in 2015 following a new BBC documentary about the case.

Published 18 December 2018

Rachael Kelsey: Brexit implications for family law

Rachael Kelsey, a director at SKO Family Law Specialists, will be writing regular updates for Scottish Legal News in coming weeks, dealing with the specifics of the Brexit implications for family law.

Published 18 December 2018

Scottish government relegates British Transport Police integration to 'long-term goal'

The Scottish government has relegated the full integration of British Transport Police (BTP) into Police Scotland to a "long-term" goal, preferring "a stronger oversight role" for the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) in the interim.

Published 18 December 2018

Lords to overhaul disciplinary processes after Lord Lester allegations

The House of Lords is set to overhaul its disciplinary processes next year to better support complainants in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, The Times reports.

Published 18 December 2018

Poland: Supreme Court judges reinstated pending final judgment from EU courts

Poland has reinstated the 27 Supreme Court judges who were forced to retire under controversial judicial reforms opposed by the European Commission.

Published 18 December 2018

Ross Macfarlane QC: The highs and lows of the Faculty choir's first show

Sheriff Ross Macfarlane QC, artistic director of the Faculty of Advocates choir, writes on the humble beginnings of its annual Christmas carol charity fundraiser.

Published 18 December 2018

England: Scottish figures suggest English Housing Court could see 1,200 deposit cases a year

The number of tenancy deposit cases now being heard by the Scottish First-tier Tribunal indicate a similar specialist court in England would have to deal with up to 1,200 deposit protection cases each year, according to the chair of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

Published 18 December 2018

And finally... grotty grotto

Furious parents branded a Christmas grotto Santa Claus a "disgrace" after he ripped off his beard and swore at children.

Published 18 December 2018

UK government to take forward most Taylor Review recommendations in new package of workplace reforms

The UK government has announced a new package of workplace reforms it calls the "largest upgrade in workers' rights in over a generation".

Published 17 December 2018

David Buchanan-Cook: Complaints can increase the very stress that caused them

David Buchanan-Cook, head of strategic insight at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC), writes on stress for lawyers at Christmas-time.

Published 17 December 2018