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Benjamin Bestgen: Clothes maketh people

"Travelling with an enormous piece of luggage only seems like a contradiction in terms to those who feel properly dressed for every occasion in T-shirt, jeans, and trainers," writes Bernhard Roetzel. But have times changed and should smart casual or something worse prevail? We hope not. Benjamin Bestgen takes up the topic of clothes this week. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 7 April 2021

Session Cases At 200: Title and interest to the top spot

A case of constitutional importance, AXA General Insurance Co Ltd v Lord Advocate 2012 SC(UKSC) 122 is Sheriff K J Campbell's favourite entry in Session Cases, whose bicentenary we celebrate this year. Nominate your favourite cases here.

Published 1 April 2021

Dr Sandra Duffy: Latest English court ruling on puberty blockers is step forward

Dr Sandra Duffy comments on the High Court's ruling in AB v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the first case funded by the Good Law Project's Trans Defence Fund.

Published 31 March 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Women and safety from violence

Benjamin Bestgen this week discusses violence against women. See his last primer here.

Published 31 March 2021

Stephen Miller: Employee fall out cases prompt re-think for employers

Stephen Miller looks at the fallout that follows an employee fall out and the social changes half a century of Employment Tribunal judgments reflect.

Published 30 March 2021

Tom Quail: Change to cohabitation laws on the horizon

In 2006, the law in Scotland changed to provide a greater level of protection to unmarried, cohabiting couples. The new legislation was welcomed and seen as a positive step forward by many; 15 years on, there is a great deal of debate around whether the law is still fit for purpose, writes Tom Quail.

Published 30 March 2021

Vicky Crichton: Covid challenges are not leading to complaints

Vicky Crichton, director of public policy at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, notes that the disruption caused by the pandemic has not resulted in a spike in complaints.

Published 30 March 2021

Sarah Lilley: The ins and outs of family court cases over video call

Sarah Lilley reflects on her crash course in online lawyering precipitated by the first lockdown last March.

Published 29 March 2021

SLN Interview: A modernising Lord Lyon

Baktosch Gillan interviews the current Lord Lyon, Dr Joe Morrow, about the role of his ancient office in 21st century Scotland.

Published 26 March 2021

Stuart Munro: Use of recovered materials in the Scottish courts after Whitehouse and Salmond

Stuart Munro, head of criminal litigation at Livingstone Brown, considers an important technical issue that has featured in a number of recent high-profile cases.

Published 26 March 2021

Rodney Whyte: Scotland is falling behind England on Longer Living

Rodney Whyte, partner and residential property specialist at Pinsent Masons, compares Scotland to its southern neighbour when it comes to Later Living communities.

Published 26 March 2021

Kevin Drummond QC: Why committee of inquiry redaction saga should concern us

Retired sheriff Kevin Drummond QC shares concerns arising from the redaction dispute that dominated the final days of the Holyrood committee on the handling of harassment complaints.

Published 25 March 2021

Session Cases At 200: Tyger Tyger burning bright

One of the most striking of legal fictions, that of the escaped tiger, has stuck with Jackie McRae, who encourages readers to declare Scott & Sons v Del Sel the greatest entry in Session Cases. Vote for your top three here.

Published 25 March 2021

Jamie Dunne: Construction’s competition problem

The latest director disqualifications are a reminder to every company in the construction sector of the importance of ensuring that staff understand what conduct will expose their firm to prosecution, writes Jamie Dunne.

Published 25 March 2021

Paul Harper: Scotland’s first wrongful termination order

Private residential landlords would be wise to take notice of Scotland’s first wrongful termination order. It establishes the fact that the law has teeth and can bite, writes Paul Harper.

Published 23 March 2021