Case archive

Housing association tenant’s damages claim over property’s poor sound insulation dismissed

A housing association tenant who sued his landlord over its alleged failure to properly sound-proof his property has had his action dismissed.

Sheriff Court 27 March 2020

Man who pled guilty to assault but claimed ‘mental disorder’ fails in ‘defective representation’ appeal

A man who pled guilty to a violent assault who claimed he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” because he may have been suffering from a “mental disorder” at the time of the offence has had an appeal against his conviction rejected.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 26 March 2020

Criminal Appeal Court upholds firearms convictions after rejecting ‘hearsay’ claim

Two men found guilty of firearms offences have failed in an appeal against their convictions.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 25 March 2020

Woman’s drugs conviction quashed over ‘unfair’ police questioning

A woman found guilty of being concerned in the supplying of heroin and speed after the drugs were found during a police search of her home has had her conviction quashed following an appeal.

Appeal Court of the High Court of Justiciary 24 March 2020

BBC legal challenge over sheriff’s failure to provide reasons for imposing reporting restrictions dismissed

Media organisations who claimed that a sheriff’s decision to impose reporting restrictions in a civil case without providing reasons for making the order breached the principle of “open justice” have had their legal challenge dismissed.

Court of Session Outer House 20 March 2020

Man who posted intimate picture of ex on Facebook wins appeal against sex offender registration

A man convicted of a so-called “revenge porn” offence after posting an intimate picture of a former partner on Facebook has successfully challenged a decision to place him on the sex offenders register.

Sheriff Appeal Court 19 March 2020

Pakistani man trafficked at behest of step-grandmother prevails in Supreme Court appeal

A Pakistani man who was trafficked to the UK at the behest of his step-grandmother and whose case to remain in the UK was rejected by the inferior courts has prevailed in an appeal to the Supreme Court.

UK Supreme Court 19 March 2020

Appeal judges reject ‘professional negligence’ claim against Scots lawyer

A couple who sued a Scots lawyer over the solicitor’s allegedly “negligent” advice in their purchase of a petrol station have had an appeal against a judge’s decision to dismiss their claim rejected.

Court of Session Inner House 18 March 2020

Domestic abuser loses appeal against ‘unwanted’ non-harassment order

A man convicted of assaulting his partner has failed in an appeal against a sheriff’s decision to impose a non-harassment order.

Sheriff Appeal Court 17 March 2020

Consultant prosecuted over Rangers sale fails in motion for summary decree in £2m damages claim against Police Scotland

A business restructuring consultant who is suing Police Scotland for £2 million for “malicious prosecution” after he was charged with fraud following the sale of Rangers Football Club Plc has had a motion for summary decree in the action dismissed.

Court of Session Outer House 16 March 2020

Homeowner loses legal challenge against ‘High Hedge Notice’

A homeowner who was ordered to reduce the height of rows of trees along a boundary wall within the grounds of his property after his neighbours complained that they were overshadowing their garden has lost a legal challenge against a decision.

Court of Session Outer House 13 March 2020

Company’s £750,000 defamation action against MSP dismissed  

A company which sells “souvenir” plots of land and claimed that buyers could style themselves as “Lord of Lady” of an estate has had a £750,000 defamation action against an MSP dismissed.

Court of Session Outer House 12 March 2020

Teacher’s personal injury action against Scottish council to proceed after judge rejects ‘personal bar’ claim

A teacher who raised employment tribunal proceedings against her former local authority employer for disability discrimination after she suffered “psychiatric injury” but settled the compensation claim is now suing the council for damages over its “failure to take reasonable care for her mental health”.

Court of Session Outer House 11 March 2020

Scottish university’s payment action against student dismissed due to ‘lack of jurisdiction’

A Scottish university which sued a distance-learning student for unpaid fees has had its claim dismissed due to “lack of jurisdiction”.

Sheriff Court 10 March 2020

Man sexually abused by monks awarded £317,000 damages for ‘life-long‘ suffering

A man who developed a “life-long psychiatric injury” after being physically and sexually abused by monks while staying at a residential school nearly 40 years ago has been awarded more than £300,000 in damages.

Sheriff Court 9 March 2020