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Our Legal Heritage: The lamb that strayed too far from home

In 1884, a lamb skipped its way into Scottish legal history after it entered unfriendly territory.

Published 25 August 2020

Reader’s letter: Lady Grange deserves a better memorial

A reader writes in response to our article from the Friday 21 August edition of Scottish Legal News: Our Legal Heritage: The adulterous judge who had his troublesome wife kidnapped and exiled to St Kilda.

Published 24 August 2020

Duncan Milne: Covid whistleblowing claims are inevitable

Duncan Milne warns employers over claims arising from the pandemic.

Published 24 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Animal rights

Benjamin Bestgen discusses the rights of animals in his latest jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 19 August 2020

David Lorimer: Jury centres in cinemas – the darker side

David Lorimer takes a look at the acquittal rate in last year's Scottish Mock Jury Trials and the 'Hollywood Effect'.

Published 18 August 2020

Stephen Phillips: Brexit blueprint threatens to strip power from Holyrood

Stephen Phillips discusses the UK government's Brexit blueprint in relation to policing trade between the different parts of the UK.

Published 17 August 2020

Professor Steve Peers: The Dublin Regulation – an overview

Professor Steve Peers of the University of Essex discusses the 'Dublin system' for asylum applications between EU states and the legal issues of the Channel crossings.

Published 17 August 2020

Our Legal Heritage: The bitter divorce that led to the murder of a Lord President

No matter how bitter, few divorces end with the murder of the presiding judge. But in one case from Scotland's bloody legal history, an irate husband, incensed at having to pay aliment to his ex-wife, took the ultimate revenge on the sitting judge: The Lord President Sir George Lockhart of Carnwath.

Published 17 August 2020

Simon Dempsey: Personal Injury Court video tech system off to a good start

Digby Brown took part in the first video conference proof at the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court heard last week. The evidential hearing was the first of its kind at ASPIC and the first proof to be heard in more than four months. The proof centred around a factual dispute on the pursuer’s positioning on the road at an RTA so a key issue was ensuring maps and photographs of the locus could be put to witnesses. Simon Dempsey, solicitor at the firm’s Edinburgh office, was the first pursuer’s agent to test the new format for ASPIC and he has shared his thoughts on the process.

Published 14 August 2020

Alan Delaney: ICO to take pragmatic approach to enforcement during COVID-19

Alan Delaney looks at the approach taken by the ICO during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 13 August 2020

Our Legal Heritage: The cow that sparked a farmers’ revolt and eight ‘not proven’ verdicts

It's the subject of poems and songs and even has a statue devoted to its memory – Kate Scarborough tells the story of the famous 'Turra Coo'.

Published 13 August 2020

Janis McDonald: Time to invest in inclusive communication

Janis McDonald, chief officer at deafscotland, highlights the importance of inclusive communication – sharing information in a way that everybody can understand.

Published 12 August 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Statistics and law

Benjamin Bestgen considers the pitfalls of statistics in his latest jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 12 August 2020

Blog: Scottish gyms shaping up to reopen in September 2020

Carly Forrest, Lauren Kerr and Craig Fulton of Brodies look ahead to Scottish gyms reopening in September.

Published 11 August 2020

Blog: Proposed Highway Code changes simply ‘tinker at the edges’

Brenda Mitchell and Jodi Gordon say that proposed changes to the Highway Code are simply tinkering at the edges given the recent road casualty figures.

Published 11 August 2020