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The Scottish Arbitration Centre has launched as an administrative body. The announcement was made during ICCA 2022 Edinburgh, which the centre hosted last week. It has announced the publication of its own set arbitral rules, which seek to combine the lessons gleaned from the experience of other arbi

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Gillespie Macandrew has announced the appointment of five newly qualified (NQ) solicitors following their completion of its two-year legal traineeship programme. The NQ solicitors will be joining the firm’s commercial property, corporate, employment, planning and residential property teams. An

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The corporate team at Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two legal directors and two new associates across its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. The team, led by Alison Gilson, corporate partner and head of the Edinburgh office has advised on £150 million worth of deals since January thi

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Thorntons has welcomed its new intake of trainees across its network of offices. Thirteen graduates started in September across the firm's offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Cupar, St Andrews and Perth.

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Steven Walker KC has been admitted to the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) Panel of Arbitrators. THAC offers an easily accessible geographical and commercial position, at the heart of Asia, for high quality arbitration, ADR services, cost effective administration, fees and state of the art in pers

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A new initiative to expedite the resolution of summary cases will short-change defence lawyers, without extra pay. The Summary Case Management pilot, which begins today, seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary hearings at summary level, which contributed to over 400,000 witness citations last year

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Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted overwhelmingly for an indefinite strike in a major escalation of their campaign for higher legal aid pay. After a two-week ballot by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) in which 2,273 people voted — significantly more than either of the two pr

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Legal affairs minister Ash Regan has made what she claims is a “substantial and credible offer” of support to legal aid practitioners amid a bizarre claim that Scotland has "finest legal aid system in the world". A "robust" package of support was set out by Ms Regan in a letter to the se

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Students and graduates will have the opportunity to put prospective employers in the dock as the University of Dundee hosts its annual Legal Recruitment Fair. Dozens of the country’s leading law firms will attend the university’s Bonar Hall on Wednesday 5 October, where the next generati

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Adnan Syed, whose imprisonment for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee was the focus of the record-breaking podcast Serial, has been freed from prison after his conviction was vacated. A judge in Baltimore, Maryland highlighted issues in the disclosure of exculpatory evidence to Mr Syed

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A man challenging his fine for indecent exposure was denied entry to a courthouse after turning up naked. Alejandro Colmar, a Spanish nudist, was prevented by security guards from entering the courthouse in Valencia on Tuesday, EFE reports.

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Pop star Shakira must face trial on tax fraud charges that could see her jailed for eight years, a Spanish court has ruled. A court in Barcelona said the singer – made famous in Europe by her record-breaking hit Hips Don’t Lie – should face trial for six alleged tax crimes, the BBC

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A village has come under the global spotlight after adopting a new "digital detox" from 7pm to 8.30pm every evening. A siren marks the beginning of the detox period in Mohityanche Vadgaon, a small village in India's western Maharashtra state, during which all people are asked to set aside their mobi

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A seal which evaded capture by concerned authorities for several days has finally been taken into custody after turning himself in at a police station. "Shoebert", who became a minor celebrity in a town near Boston after turning up in the local Shoe Pond and defying rescue attempts, unexpectedl