Case archive



Energy company wins appeal in £130m damages claim against contractor over hydroelectric scheme tunnel collapse

An energy company which was seeking £130 million in damages from an engineering contractor following the collapse of a tunnel at a Fort Augustus hydro-electric scheme nearly a decade ago has won an appeal.

Court of Session Inner House 11 April 2018

Housing association tenant’s appeal for ‘right to buy’ property dismissed

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under “right to buy” legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed.

Court of Session Inner House 10 April 2018

Expenses challenge following complaints commission appeal decision dismissed

A former client of a legal firm whose application for leave to appeal a decision that her complaint against the lawyers was time-barred has had a challenge to the expenses awarded against her rejected.

Court of Session Inner House 5 March 2018

Legal firm fails in application for leave to appeal against complaints commission decision

A legal firm which sought to challenge a decision by the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) to admit a number of complaints to further investigation has been refused leave to appeal to the Court of Session.

Court of Session Inner House 28 November 2017

Homeowner wins appeal over council’s ‘pre-payment condition’ for housing repairs grant

A homeowner involved in a legal dispute with a Scottish local authority has won his appeal after arguing that the council acted beyond its powers in imposing a condition attached to the award of grant assistance, which required property owners to pay their share of the cost of repairs to their tenement by the time the final account for the works was issued or be liable for the full costs.

Court of Session Inner House 15 November 2017

Chinese mother-of-two wins asylum appeal over fear of persecution

A Chinese woman who claimed she would be persecuted if returned to her home country having had two children out of wedlock has successfully challenged a decision to refuse her application for asylum.

Court of Session Inner House 4 July 2017

SLCC has ‘administrative law power’ to re-categorise complaints, Inner House rules

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) does have the power to re-categorise certain complaints which it had previously classified as “hybrid” complaints involving both a lawyer’s conduct and the services provided.

Court of Session Inner House 13 June 2017

Widow of drowned diver has damages claim dismissed as ‘time-barred’ but can sue as son’s guardian

The widow of a scuba diving enthusiast who was killed in an accident will not be able to pursue her claim for damages against the owners and operators of a vessel from which her late husband fell and drowned, but appeal judges ruled that she will be able to sue as guardian to their young child.

Court of Session Inner House 20 February 2017

Mother jailed for contempt of court over failure to allow contact wins appeal

A mother found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to three months' imprisonment after breaching court orders that she facilitate contact between her son and the child’s father has successfully appealed against her conviction and sentence.

Court of Session Inner House 9 January 2017