Appointments

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Private client lawyer Lisa Law has joined Ledingham Chalmers as partner in Inverness. She is one of only 10 solicitors accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in incapacity and mental disability law — and the only one based in the Highlands.

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Three solicitors at McCash & Hunter have been promoted to partner. Fiona McNaughton, Samantha Lamond and Kenneth McKay have all begun 2023 in their new roles.

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Pinsent Masons has appointed Edinburgh-based solicitor advocate Jim Cormack KC as head of its risk advisory services (RAS) group. Mr Cormack succeeds Glasgow-based Laura Cameron, who on taking on the role seven years ago was Pinsent Masons’ first female group head and first female board member

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Aberdein Considine has strengthened its lender services practice group (LSPG) with the appointment of a new partner. Zarvin Vandrewala has been appointed a partner in the firm’s banking litigation team and he will be working with clients across the UK.

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Representative bodies for solicitors in Scotland have agreed to an £11 million package that increases fees for legal aid lawyers in Scotland and supports the country’s court recovery programme. The Scottish government offer, accepted by the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Solici

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Almost £3.4 billion will be invested across the justice system in 2023-24 to fund front-line services, provide continued support for victims and witnesses, and to tackle the causes of offending, the Scottish government has announced. The funding represents an increase of £165 million or

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Donald Findlay KC earned the most from legal aid in 2021-22, figures from the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) show. The grand old man of the Scottish legal profession returned to the top of the table having dropped to ninth place in the previous year. He made £382,000 from legal aid in 2021-2

Universities

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A doctoral student researching the 18th century Scottish Highlands & Islands has won the Rosebery Prize. Juliette Desportes, a student at Glasgow University, was awarded the prize for her transcription of Petition and Complaint by Roderick Mackenzie (1756).

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Tuesday 7 February9.45am - 3.30pmRoom 207, No.10 The SquareUniversity of Glasgow An event featuring presentations and panel discussions exploring ideas relating to the influence and impact religion may have on corporate social responsibility is being held next month at Glasgow University.

And Finally

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The singer Rick Astley is suing rapper Yung Gravy for allegedly impersonating his voice on a recent single. Astley's 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up is interpolated in Gravy's song Betty (Get Money).

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A new bill to prevent members of the US Congress from trading and owning stocks has been introduced – and is entitled the Pelosi Act. Senator Josh Hawley introduced the Preventing Elected Leaders from Owning Securities and Investments Act in an effort to once again stop lawmakers from trading

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A woman who called a friend for help during a drunk driving arrest landed them both in hot water after police suspected she was drunk driving as well. The first woman, who was pulled over on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, "called a friend for help during the stop", police said.

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Elton John's half-brother tried and failed to bring an enormous trident spear to his court appearance for possessing magic mushrooms. Geoff Dwight, 56, from Ruthin in north Wales, brought the long pole-shaped item to Llandudno Magistrates Court last week but was prevented by security guards from bri