Case archive



Legal advice need not be incorrect or negligent to be inadequate, appeal court rules

A Scottish lawyer who was ordered to pay compensation to clients after he was found to have provided an “inadequate professional service” in relation to the advice he gave following their purchase of a house has had an appeal against the complaints body’s finding refused.

Court of Session Inner House — 18 August 2015

Killer who claimed human rights breach over lack of access to rehabilitation courses has damages appeal refused

A man convicted of culpable homicide who claimed he had not been given access to certain rehabilitative courses while in prison has had an action for damages refused by appeal judges.

Court of Session Inner House — 4 August 2015

Law student who alleged university failed to deliver proper standard of tuition fails in ‘breach of contract’ claim

A law student who refused to pay his tuition fees after alleging that the university at which he was studying failed to deliver the standard of education and service he expected has had a “breach of contract” claim dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House — 17 June 2015

Foreign adoption order recognised at common law in Scottish legal first

An adoption order granted by a court in Ethiopia is thought to be the first foreign adoption order to been recognised and registered at common law in Scotland.

Court of Session Inner House — 5 June 2015

Inner House dismisses appeal against windfarm application refusal

A company whose application for planning permission to develop a windfarm was refused has failed in an appeal against that decision.

Court of Session Inner House — 18 May 2015

Home Secretary wins appeal against Lord Ordinary’s decision on application for leave to remain

The Home Secretary has successfully challenged a Scottish judge’s decision that her refusal of a Pakistani national’s application for leave to remain in the UK was unlawful.

Court of Session Inner House — 29 April 2015

Court’s ‘inherent power’ does not extend to granting ‘ad hoc’ rights of audience, Inner House rules

Counsel from other jurisdictions must join the Scottish Bar if they wish to appear in Scotland’s supreme courts, judges have ruled, in refusing an application from an English barrister seeking rights of audience.

Court of Session Inner House — 27 April 2015

Pakistani man who married British woman wins human rights challenge over leave to remain

A Pakistani national who married a British woman but was refused leave to remain in the United Kingdom after his visa expired has successfully challenged that decision on human rights grounds.

Court of Session Inner House — 21 April 2015

Social workers win appeal against sheriff’s contempt of court ruling

Two social workers who were found in contempt of court for failing to comply with a child contact order made by a sheriff have successfully appealed to have the decision quashed.

Court of Session Inner House — 30 March 2015

Scottish council wins appeal after refusing pedicab driver’s application for rickshaw licence

A pedicab driver who successfully challenged a Scottish local authority’s refusal to grant him a rickshaw licence has seen the decision overturned after the council successfully appealed to the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Court of Session Inner House — 19 March 2015

William Beggs fails in appeal against decision of Scottish Information Commissioner

The man found guilty of the “limbs in the loch” murder has had an appeal against a decision of the Scottish Information Commissioner concerning a freedom of information request he made to the Scottish Prison Service refused.

Court of Session Inner House — 5 March 2015

Judges refuse pig owner’s appeal against decision to allow council to take animals into care before sale

The owner of an abandoned heard of pigs and flock of hens has failed in an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to allow a Scottish local authority to take the animals into care and sell them.

Court of Session Inner House — 20 February 2015

Unhappy client cannot re-raise damages action against former solicitors after lawyer settled claim on his behalf

A disgruntled client who sued his former solicitors for damages but learned that a lawyer acting on his behalf had settled the action without his authority has failed in an appeal against a decision to absolve his former solicitors from further proceedings.

Court of Session Inner House — 23 January 2015

Pub which lost licence after drug use incidents fails in appeal against revocation

The owners of a pub which had its licence revoked following several incidents of illegal drug use and public disorder have lost an appeal against the decision.

Court of Session Inner House — 19 January 2015

Chef who claimed he was injured at work fails in damages claim

A chef who was injured when a wardrobe pole fell on him while he was staying in a lodge provided by his employers at a holiday park where he worked has had an action for damages refused.

Court of Session Inner House — 15 January 2015