Blog: Civil Litigation Bill – better access to justice?

Caroline Kelly (pictured), partner and solicitor advocate at Thorntons, writes on the new legislation approved by MSPs on Tuesday.

Published 4 May 2018

Blog: Can courts improve how they communicate with jurors in criminal trials?

This week saw the publication of an evidence review, commissioned by the Scottish government, into methods of conveying information to jurors. Professor James Chalmers and Professor Fiona Leverick, who undertook the review, outline the details of its findings here.

Published 1 May 2018

Blog: Sanction for counsel clarified

Published 24 April 2018

Blog: Inhibitions – don’t lose yours

Gary Donaldson explains the art of searching the Register of Inhibitions.

Published 20 April 2018

Blog: Less exceptions required in Prescription Bill

Alan McIntosh argues, amongst other things, that the Prescription (Scotland) Bill 2018 should be welcomed, but the Scottish Parliament needs to ensure all obligations to pay debts arising from personal contracts and statute should be covered by short term negative prescription, with few exceptions.

Published 20 April 2018

Blog: One more step towards a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner

Matthew Rice writes on the need for reform of Scotland's biometric data regime.

Published 16 April 2018

Gordon Jackson QC: Mini-devils set sights on the bar

Dean of Faculty, Gordon Jackson QC, explains a new scheme for students considering a career at the bar.

Published 16 April 2018

Blog: A return to warrant sales unwarranted

Alan McIntosh warns against the reintroduction of a "a Dickensian-style system of debt recovery".

Published 16 April 2018

Blog: Shared parental leave no match for maternity leave

The EAT have overturned an employment tribunal's decision that a male suffered direct sex discrimination when his employer enhanced maternity pay but not shared parental pay, writes Sarah Gilzean.

Published 13 April 2018

Blog: Spotlight on mediation

Graham Boyack looks at how mediation is faring in Scotland.

Published 12 April 2018

Taxation of termination payments – all change

The UK government has issued a reminder that the way in which termination payments are taxed has changed. This is a significant change that could potentially result in more tax being paid upon termination of employment.

Published 11 April 2018

Blog: Third party liability insurance – a dog owner's best friend?

To protect the public, it should be taboo for dog owners not to have third party liability insurance, writes Heather Tierney.

Published 10 April 2018

Blog: Scotland’s Panama Papers

Solicitor advocate Mike Dailly calls on lawyers to stop acting for SLPs that ignore transparency rules.

Published 10 April 2018