Case archive



Sheriff Principal determines North Sea helicopter crash could not have been avoided

A fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of four people in a North Sea helicopter accident has concluded with a declaration that the deaths could not have been avoided in the circumstances.

Sheriff Court 21 October 2020

Court of Appeal rules Upper Tribunal erred in remaking Nigerian citizen deportation decision 

A Nigerian citizen with no right to remain in the UK who was ordered to be deported following the end of a prison sentence has successfully appealed a decision of the Upper Tribunal that his deportation would not disproportionately interfere with the ECHR rights of his family. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 22 October 2020

Insurer that settled car crash injury action fails to have pursuer’s expenses reduced

An insurance company that settled an action raised by a car crash victim has failed in its bid to have the pursuer’s expenses modified to nil on the basis that the action was unnecessary.

Court of Session Outer House 20 October 2020

Woman denied social housing because she was not an Orthodox Jew fails in Supreme Court appeal

A woman who was unable to obtain social housing because she was not a member of the Orthodox Jewish community has failed in her appeal to the Supreme Court, made on the basis she suffered unlawful direct discrimination on grounds of race or religion or ethnic origin.

UK Supreme Court 19 October 2020

Prisoner granted permission to challenge refusal of escorted day absence to see ill grandmother

A convicted prisoner who had multiple applications for escorted day absence to see his grandmother refused has been allowed to proceed with a petition for judicial review of decisions of the Deputy Governor to refuse his EDA requests.

Court of Session Inner House 19 October 2020

Convicted rapist loses hearsay evidence appeal 

A man convicted of raping a woman who appealed against his conviction on the basis that the trial judge had erred in allowing certain evidence has had the appeal refused. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 16 October 2020

Rape accused loses 5-judge appeal against refusal to allow character evidence 

A man accused of rape who applied under section 275 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 to admit evidence of the complainer’s character has had his appeal against the preliminary hearing judge’s refusal of his application refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 15 October 2020

Former Harley mechanic awarded damages after crash left him afraid of riding motorbikes 

A former apprentice mechanic who was involved in a road-accident while testing a client’s Harley-Davidson motorbike has successfully obtained an award of damages after being involved in a road accident that gave him a phobia of being killed or injured on a motorbike.

Sheriff Court 14 October 2020

Sex offender who assaulted his sister and cousin loses appeal against conviction 

A sex offender who was convicted of indecently assaulting his cousin, who died before the beginning of the trial diet, has had his appeal against the conviction on the grounds that the trial was unfair refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 13 October 2020

Greenpeace fails in petition for judicial review of oil field development decision

The environmental organisation Greenpeace has had its petition for judicial review of the decision to allow the development of a North Sea oil field refused.

Court of Session Outer House 12 October 2020

Three young offenders have punishment parts of life sentences for murder reduced 

A trio of young offenders have successfully appealed the punishment parts of life sentences imposed on them after their joint murder of a man in Edinburgh, reducing them by two to four years each. 

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 9 October 2020

West Lothian taxi driver loses appeal against suspension of licence until 2022 

A taxi driver who had his licence suspended by a local authority on the ground of no longer being a fit and proper person to hold such a licence has had his appeal against the decision refused. 

Sheriff Court 8 October 2020

Sheriff Appeal Court refuses appeal by former cohabitee seeking financial award 

The Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil Division) has ruled that a man who applied for financial provision following the end of a long cohabitation period has had his appeal against the sheriff’s decision not to make an award in his favour refused. 

Sheriff Appeal Court 7 October 2020

Company successfully dismisses former director’s action to raise derivate proceedings against it 

A company that sought monies from a former director who sought to bring derivative proceedings against it under section 266 of the Companies Act 2006 has successfully appealed the decision of the sheriff to grant leave for such proceedings. 

Sheriff Appeal Court 6 October 2020

Murderer of Aberdeen woman loses appeal against sentence

The murderer of Aberdeen-born woman Neomi Smith, who was also convicted of minor assaults and behaving in an abusive or threatening manner towards her, has had his appeal against his sentence refused.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 5 October 2020