Blog: Perry Mason days may be on way out

Technology is reducing the reliance on traditional courtroom hearings, writes David S Christie.

Published 19 February 2016

Blog: Guidance needed on early dissolution proposals

The insolvency regime seems to be in a perpetual state of flux, writes Steven Jansch.

Published 16 February 2016

Blog: Gender equality – but what about the men?

Rob Marrs, head of education at the Law Society of Scotland, discusses the rarely addressed question of gender equality in the legal profession – for men.

Published 11 February 2016

Blog: Privacy changes must be on the agenda in 2016

Ross McKenzie warns that the way organisations handle personal information will need to go through some significant changes in the coming years to accommodate the biggest change to the data protection regulatory framework since the early nineties. 

Published 4 February 2016

Blog: Following Carmichael – the future for election challenges

Now that we have had time to reflect on the Election Court’s decision in Timothy Denis Morrison & Others v Carmichael & Another EC 90, what can we say about its wider implications?  Well, quite a lot actually according to Rosie Walker, who acted for Alistair Carmichael.  

Published 26 January 2016

Blog: Paul Motion – Cyber-attacks highlight risks for all

Paul Motion discusses the pitfalls associated with mitigating cyber-attacks on businesses. So, 2015 was the year of the cyber-attack, with TalkTalk, Ellen Conlin Hair & Beauty and supermarket group Morrisons all experiencing the devastating impact. The Ellen Conlin attack highlights that businesses of any kind can be targeted by hackers for financial gain. The company that hosted Ellen Conlin’s database had to pay a ransom of 1,000 Bitcoin (about £238,200) to unlock the firm’s appointments database. Meanwhile, Morrisons is now being sued in a class action after a ­disgruntled employee published personnel records online. These firms had to decide whether to say nothing, or go public to reassure customers that no personal information had been compromised. As TalkTalk discovered, there are downsides to going public quickly – a potential figure of four million customers whose data was initially thought to be affected turned out to be 157,000. Reputation management can consume management time; solicitors and a PR consultancy may need to be involved. Statistics show there were 2.5 million cyber-crime incidents from 2014 to 2015 in England and Wales. PwC’s latest report for the year to June 2015 stated that 90 per cent of large businesses and 74 per cent of small businesses surveyed reported a security breach. Claiming “we were the victim” was the approach of TalkTalk after its attack. But it cuts no ice with the Information Commissioner. Cyber-attacks resulting in the loss of personal data carry another risk – 2015 saw the Court of Appeal make it significantly easier to claim damages under the Data Protection Act. One case decided that compensation may be payable if the data breach has caused simple distress, obviating the need to demonstrate pecuniary loss as well. How best can you protect your business? Talk to a data protection defence specialist with experience of engaging the Information Commissioner.

Published 20 January 2016

Blog: Five reasons why Obi Wan Kenobi was a terrible mentor

Simon Allison explains how to avoid making the same mistakes as Obi Wan Kenobi when training your Padawan.

Published 15 January 2016

Blog: Mis-sold loans and failed businesses

Not every mis-sold loan results in the customer’s business failing writes Liina Tulk (pictured) in an overview of the recent Court of Session decision in the case of John Glare v Clydesdale Bank Plc.

Published 13 January 2016

Blog: Land reform - quasi-legal figure is an unlikely scenario

Hamish Lean (pictured) discusses reforms relating to agricultural tenancies including the introduction of a tenant farming commissioner and the issue of the right to buy for 1991 Act tenants.

Published 13 January 2016

Blog: Gordon Jackson QC on maintaining the rule of law

Gordon Jackson QC notes that all those who uphold the rule of law should be accorded equal respect. 

Published 11 January 2016

Blog: Difficulties in enforcing heritable securities

Zibya Bashir discusses the provisions (or lack thereof) dealing with the enforcement of heritable securities where the heritable proprietor is a dissolved limited company.

Published 8 January 2016

Blog: No time to delay – challenging public procurement decisions

Fiona Davidson  discusses an early Christmas present from Lord Tyre for those looking to challenge public procurement decisions.

Published 24 December 2015

Blog: Accountant in Bankruptcy budget slashed by a third

The Scottish Budget for 2016-17, announced by John Swinney, contains a cut of a third in the Accountant in Bankruptcy budget. David Menzies examines how this will impact its services.

Published 18 December 2015

Blog: UK withdrawal from ECHR would send out 'entirely wrong' signal

Joanna Cherry QC MP reminds us that the UK has set standards for the world in safeguarding human rights and that ensuring those rights apply to everyone is not a mere inconvenience but is fundamentally necessary in a country that wishes to be governed by the rule of law.

Published 15 December 2015

Blog: The joy of giving at Christmas – this year’s top 5 must have gifts!

Karin Bousie gives some timely advice on giving gifts for Christmas… without falling foul of the inheritance tax rules.

Published 14 December 2015