Sheelagh Cooley: Sustainability now at the heart of many real estate transactions

Early adopters of sustainable practices, including retrofit programmes, may be better placed to reap future benefits, writes Sheelagh Cooley.

Published 9 March 2021

Andrew Maxwell: Harper Macleod secures landmark Covid-19 mask decision

Harper Macleod successfully defended a client at the East London Employment Tribunal in an unfair dismissal claim brought by an ex-employee who was dismissed for gross misconduct for refusing to wear a mask on a supplier's site as part of Covid-19 health and safety rules. This has been reported as the first case of its kind in the UK. Andrew Maxwell explains the details of the case.

Published 8 March 2021

Alastair Keatinge: Charity mergers – change may be necessary for continuity

Mergers are often a topic that charity trustees would rather avoid. Yet it’s one that some in Scotland are now considering as they look to a future shaped by the legacy of Covid-19, writes Alastair Keatinge.

Published 8 March 2021

Rodney White: Build back infrastructure

Rodney White suggests that Westminster and Holyrood should "step up to the plate" and fund infrastructure specifically for housebuilding projects.

Published 5 March 2021

Daniel McIntosh: Investment and supermarket shopping – a one-size-fits-all policy?

The practice of diversifying investment portfolios is almost as old as investing itself.  Not placing all of your financial eggs in one basket is diversification in a nutshell. It makes perfect, logical sense: spreading your money over numerous equities or securities, spreads the risk. If certain investments do not perform well, only a percentage of your money (as opposed to all of it) is invested in the poorly performing investment.

Published 4 March 2021

Omar Ali: Can ambitious net-zero plans make Glasgow miles better by 2030?

'Glasgow's Miles Better' was a 1980s campaign to promote the city of Glasgow as a tourist destination and as a location for industry and business. Back then fossil fuels were powering the country and releasing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere every year.

Published 4 March 2021

Benjamin Bestgen: Tertia Optio – law and espionage

Benjamin Bestgen considers the law around espionage in this week's jurisprudential primer. See last week's here.

Published 3 March 2021

Patrick Christie: If only I’d picked that Apple

Over the last few years you may have seen headlines telling you how much you would have made if you’d invested in Amazon, Apple, Microsoft etc. Companies like these have been coined ‘unicorns’; the term first used in 2013 by Aileen Lee (New York Times). A unicorn is a privately held start-up company valued at over $1 Billion.

Published 2 March 2021

Jennifer Thomson: Occupiers’ liability in Scotland – who has control of the premises?

Everyone's world was turned upside down in 2020, with unpredictable events throughout the year. The uncertainty has impacted on the work of personal injury lawyers. While the country has been in lockdown with fewer cars on the roads and many employees no longer attending at their places of work, you might have thought that the volume of personal injury claims would reduce.

Published 26 February 2021

Brian O’Neill: Price transparency – a dagger through the heart of solicitor estate agents?

As solicitors come to terms with the new guidance on price transparency which finally came into effect on 31 January 2021, there’s a certain unease about its impact on solicitor estate agents. You see, the guidance requires firms to publish their fees and other costs of carrying out estate agency work. This requirement will, undoubtedly, hand non-solicitor estate agents an unfair advantage.

Published 25 February 2021

Rosie Gollan: Building and fire safety regulations post-Grenfell

Rosie Gollan contrasts the reforms north and south of the border that have followed Grenfell.

Published 24 February 2021

Douglas J. Cusine: Why is the Justice Secretary so quiet about the malicious prosecution scandal?

Douglas J. Cusine asks why Scotland's Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, has been so quiet about the malicious prosecution scandal.

Published 23 February 2021

Blog: Parental disputes magnified by lockdown

Couples who split up often have very different views on how to do things and Covid-19 has magnified this enormously, write Shona Smith and Lynne Mulcahy.

Published 23 February 2021

Scott McGeachy: European Commission publishes draft decisions to allow EU-UK data flows

The European Commission has published two draft “data adequacy” decisions in favour of the UK. If approved, these adequacy decisions will allow personal data to be transferred from the EU to the UK, without the need for organisations to put in place any additional safeguards. As such, these adequacy decisions will enable data flows to continue as normal between the EU and the UK, even after the end of the post-Brexit transition period, writes Scott McGeachy.

Published 22 February 2021

Dan Traynor: LGBT History Month – a celebration of spirit

Dan Traynor discusses people of faith in the LGBTQ+ community, noting the unique challenges they face.

Published 22 February 2021