Blogs



Jim Cormack QC: Scottish dispute resolution goes from strength to strength

Jim Cormack QC explains why businesses should consider Scotland as a jurisdiction for resolving disputes.

Published 23 November 2018

Frances Ennis: Time is right for licensing board's pilot scheme

Frances Ennis welcomes Glasgow Licensing Board's new pilot scheme.

Published 20 November 2018

First appeal in Scotland by GMC against decision of Medical Practitioners Tribunal refused

In a landmark decision, the Inner House has refused an appeal by the GMC against a decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) under s.40A of the Medical Act 1983. This is the first such appeal in Scotland. Laura Donald, a partner at BTO Solicitors LLP, provides expert commentary. BTO defended the practitioner at his hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal.

Published 19 November 2018

Blog: Tis the season to be jolly (well, within reason)

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2214 provides a stark, timely reminder of both the personal and legal consequences of what can happen when work outings turn for the worse, write Alan Strain and Kieran Buxton.

Published 19 November 2018

Blog: Copyright fails the taste test

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment in the case of Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV which asserted that the taste of food does not attract protection as a copyrighted work. Rebecca Henderson and Jennifer Dool examine the case.

Published 15 November 2018

Theresa Hunt: A cocktail of licensing changes

Theresa Hunt highlights important changes in the licensing landscape.

Published 15 November 2018

Scottish-American lawyer Allan Rooney on laws of success

Allan Rooney, founding partner of Rooney Nimmo and president of the Scottish Bar Association of New York (ScotBarNY), reflects on the qualities needed to succeed in business.

Published 14 November 2018

Alan McIntosh: Broken laws not the prescription for solving problem debts

Alan McIntosh writes on problem debt ahead of tomorrow's meeting of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee.

Published 12 November 2018

Elaine Motion: Brexit case highlights how language matters in both law and politics

Elaine Motion, executive chairman at Balfour+Manson, writes on the significance of language in the Article 50 case currently before the courts.

Published 12 November 2018

Blog: ‘Smash and Grab’: The Appeal

Rebecca Barrass provides an insight on a Court of Appeal ruling into a ‘smash and grab’ construction case.

Published 12 November 2018

Blog: Sciotto case enjoins employers to tread lightly over rights of fixed term employees

The recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case of Sciotto v Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera di Roma serves as a great reminder to employers in the arts industry of the complexities involved in employing fixed-term employees, write John Macmillan and Conor Whittaker.

Published 7 November 2018

Bruce Wood: Can Scotland really be the best place to do business?

Bruce Wood reflects on the slow pace of change in updating the moveable transactions regime.

Published 6 November 2018

Matthew Scott: ECtHR blasphemy law judgment is dreadful

The BarristerBlogger, Matthew Scott, takes a comprehensive look at the European Court of Human Rights' recent blasphemy judgment and finds it severely wanting.

Published 31 October 2018

Alan McIntosh: The Debt Arrangement Scheme (improved formula)

The Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme has jokingly had its acronym, DAS, compared with a famous washing powder (Daz), the idea being it washes away debts, which is appropriate. Like many a washing powder, it has been through numerous re-launches, with each promising to be better than the last, writes Alan McIntosh.

Published 29 October 2018

Val Surgenor: Court of Appeal hold Morrison’s liable for data breach

Val Surgenor examines the recent Morrison's case from south of the border.

Published 24 October 2018