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Weightmans has made three appointments in its Glasgow office. Joanne Farrell joins the firm as a principal associate. She is a specialist defence personal injury solicitor and has joined the firm’s insurance litigation team. Previously at BTO Solicitors LLP for almost 20 years, she brings with

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Two members of Dundee Law School have been appointed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to a review body.  Dr Thomas Giddens and Professor Colin Reid are the only members from Scotland among the 22 members of the advisory group which will be reviewing the Benchmark State

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Harper Macleod has been appointed as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Debt Resolution Services framework. CCS is an executive agency of the UK government, and is the UK’s largest public procurement organisation. It supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial va

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Kennedys has signalled its continued commitment to growth in Scotland with two new partner hires. The appointments of Gavin Henderson and Daniela Fusi, both formerly Clyde & Co (Scotland) partners, takes the total number of fee earners to 23 across its offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Lawyers across Scotland are withdrawing from legal aid schemes due to their continuing dispute with the Scottish government over fees. Solicitors in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Borders are not participating in duty solicitor schemes in a move that should cause widespread delays to court proceedings

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A sharp fall in legal aid spending highlights the crisis across the sector. Commenting on the fall in legal aid spending from £130.9 million in 2020 to £99.1m in 2020-21, following publication of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s annual report, the Law Society of Scotland has said the

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Dozens of solicitors gathered outside Holyrood yesterday to demonstrate their deep dissatisfaction with the Scottish government’s inaction to reform legal aid.Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “This crisis has been a generation in the making and the system is

Coronavirus

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So-called "vaccine passports" will be required to enter certain events and higher risk venues, such as nightclubs, music festivals and some football grounds under plans being put to MSPs next week. The Scottish Parliament will be asked to vote on the introduction of a Covid-19 vaccination verificati

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International travellers to Scotland will be able to use private sector Covid tests when arriving from green or amber list countries under a change to international travel restrictions. People will soon be able to choose from a list of approved providers when booking the tests they need to take afte

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The Scottish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Scottish government's committent to a "human rights-based" inquiry into its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Kavita Chetty, head of strategy and legal for the rights watchdog, briefed MSPs last week on why human rights need to be embedded in th

And Finally

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Loyal fans of Hollywood star Ana de Armas are suing a film studio for $5 million after renting a film in the mistaken belief that she was in it alongside actress Lily James. Ms de Armas – who shot to fame with her appearance in Blade Runner 2049, Knives Out and No Time to Die – appeared

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Women have been banned from the front seats of trucks in Uganda after being branded a road hazard. Ugandan authorities have claimed male truck drivers are liable to be distracted by women wearing revealing clothing in their driver's cabin, Kenya's The Star reports.

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Happy couples have been banned from laughing at their weddings by authorities in the south of Russia. A new decree in the Rostov region dictates that there should be no laughter, loud conversations or exclamations during civil marriage ceremonies.

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Hundreds of thousands of boxes of Kellogg's cereals have been seized by Mexican authorities for being too appealing to children. A new law in Mexico forbids the marketing of sugary foods directly to children, for example with cartoon drawings and mascots, ABC News reports.