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Pinsent Masons has announced that Scottish litigator Laura Cameron will succeed John Cleland as the firm’s managing partner with effect from 1 May 2023. During her 28 years at the firm, Ms Cameron, who is based in Glasgow, has had significant influence in shaping the business through leadershi

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McKee Campbell Morrison (MCM) has welcomed Colm Kerr who joins as associate director, Marc Waters who joins the insolvency and litigation team as solicitor, and Darcy King, who joins the private client team as trainee paralegal. Mr Kerr joins from Dentons and will be working as part of MCM’s c

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The Law Society of Scotland has granted extended rights of audience to seven solicitors, with the new solicitor advocates introduced in a ceremony at the Court of Session.

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Arnot Manderson Advocates' Cat MacQueen has been appointed by the Crown Office as an ad hoc advocate depute. Ms MacQueen called to the bar in 2021 as the recipient of the Lord Reid scholarship. Prior to calling, she was a procurator fiscal depute with the Crown Office, having completed her traineesh

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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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A one-year-old puppy managed to make multiple online purchases in the video game Watch Dogs with its owner’s credit card.

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A police chief who flashed her badge after being stopped for riding a golf cart on the street has been forced to resign. Mary O'Connor, head of the police force in Tampa, Florida's third-largest city, was the passenger in a golf cart that was pulled over last month for driving on a road without a li

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A disgruntled cheese-lover has launched a class action lawsuit against a "mozzarella stick" manufacturer whose products are allegedly made of cheddar. The allegedly misleading products were produced for the TGI Fridays chain of restaurants in the United States, USA Today reports.

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A dimwit has been arrested after attempting to shoplift during a "Shop with a Cop" event with dozens of police officers in attendance. Nearly 40 officers were taking part in the charity event where police officers buy gifts for children from marginalised backgrounds.