Appointments

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The Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Stewart of Dirleton KC, has announced new additions to his general panel of standing junior counsel to deal with UK government work arising in the Scottish courts. The appointments are as follows: Alan Cowan, Andrew Crawford, Andrew Crosbie, Ayla Iridag, Chris

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Greg Smith and Ross Cameron have joined Ince Scotland. Mr Smith joins Ince as a partner, focusing on criminal and regulatory litigation. With a background in defending white collar and regulatory crime at two of Scotland’s largest full-service commercial law firms, he established his own succe

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Tweed Wealth Management has acquired the wealth management arm of Highlands legal firm Macleod & MacCallum. The tie-up means Macleod & MacCallum Wealth Management will become part of Tweed Wealth Management, bolstering the latter’s position as a financial advisory force in the region.

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Addleshaw Goddard has announced partner Alan Shanks as its new head of Scotland. Mr Shanks, who currently heads the firm's finance & projects team north of the border with a focus on the transactions in the energy sector, takes over leadership of Addleshaw Goddard's Scottish operations from fell

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Burness Paull has appointed Christine Yuill as a partner, as the firm responds to growing client demand for expert tax advice. Ms Yuill, who is ranked by Chambers and is a chartered tax adviser, joins Burness Paull from Pinsent Masons.

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Thousands of Scotland’s most deprived families are facing the prospect of representing themselves in court thanks to a chronic shortage of civil legal aid firms. New analysis by the Law Society of Scotland shows that the 139 most deprived communities in Scotland, resident to around 100,000 peo

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The vast majority of criminal defence solicitors in Edinburgh have suffered mentally and physically from the work they do. A survey by the Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) found that 87.5 per cent of members agreed that their role as a criminal defence solicitor has had a negative impact on their men

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The Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) has accused the Scottish government of mischaracterising the dire legal aid situation as the result of market forces. Legal affairs minister Ash Regan had claimed that the decline in numbers of criminal legal aid lawyers was a natural response to the drop in prose

Universities

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Three advocates discussed their careers at an event held by the University of Aberdeen Bar Society last week. Euan Mackenzie, Katharine Muir and Simon Crabb gave talks about their route to the Scottish bar and their specialisms – public law, personal injury, medical negligence, commercial law,

And Finally

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South Africa's president has claimed that he hid at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in his sofa because it seemed "the safest place" to store it. The enormous sum of foreign currency was later stolen, and President Cyril Ramaphosa now faces impeachment over the murky circumstances of the thef

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A student has been left stunned after receiving two boxes of Weetabix instead of the MacBook he ordered from Amazon.

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A worker who was unfairly dismissed for refusing to join his colleagues in the pub after work has won a case against his erstwhile employer. Mr T, not to be confused with he of A-Team fame, was a senior advisor at a firm in Paris.

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An ancient gold coin wrongly classified as a fake by specialists has proven the existence of a third century Roman emperor who was written out of history as a fictional character. Specialists at the Brukenthal museum kept the coin locked away in a cupboard thinking it was a fake, but changed their m