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Amid continuing concern over the poor quality of legislative draftsmanship in the UK, Liam Kerr, shadow cabinet secretary for education and skills, raises the issue of how Scotland's own Henry VIII clauses, framework bills, are used at Holyrood to circumvent legislative scrutiny. What does an incumb

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Neil Macdonald takes a look at plans to introduce an offence of ecocide into Scots law. In November 2023, Monica Lennon MSP launched the public consultation on her proposed member’s bill to introduce ecocide law in Scotland. Although Scotland does have legislation intended to protect the natur

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When asked about the impact that artificial intelligence (AI) is having on influencer marketing, my first thought was to speak to an interested party. Seeing as I don't know any influencers personally, I decided to ask an AI chatbot, writes Steph Innes. "Write a short article on the legal issue

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The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Act 2018 introduced important changes in relation to the way expenses are dealt with in personal injury litigation, writes Sarah Ennis. An unsuccessful pursuer is no longer responsible for meeting their opponent’s expenses,

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Following their initial introduction in Glasgow last June, Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are about to take root across all of Scotland’s key city centres. From later this week, we will see them go live in both Dundee and Aberdeen before being brought into effect in Edinburgh a month later, writes&

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Tony Lenehan KC, president of the Criminal Bar Association, explains how the Scottish government could help complainers right now. On Tuesday afternoon, just as the Victims’ etc Bill met with a poorer reception in Holyrood than the Scottish government had hoped, I was at Glasgow University par

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The issue of compulsory mediation is exercising legal minds on both sides of the border and, as the appetite for change in Scotland increases, the matter of its feasibility or desirability becomes ever more relevant, writes Molly Somerville. Mediation is an assisted negotiation, where parties v

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Scotland's earnest desire to be noticed by the world has been fulfilled. But, as the adage goes, 'be careful what you wish for'. David J Black reflects on the chaos of the past few weeks, as we put into practice the 'progressive' ideas that others have merely preached. Says Police Scotland: "The Hat

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At the end of January 2024, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) delivered its judgment in the action raised by Thatchers Cider Company Limited against Aldi Stores, finding that Aldi had not infringed Thatchers’ trade mark in relation to its cloudy lemon drink and also that it had

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All personal injury actions raised after 30 June 2021 are subject to Qualified One-Way Cost Shifting or QOCS. What are the implications of this for a pursuer’s case? Chloe Neil explains. The law in Scotland was changed following the introduction of the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proc

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Jodi Gordon extols the benefits of female leadership. You may be thinking that I'm over a week late with this blog, however in my opinion, discussion around this topic should never just be about one day! To truly inspire women and girls to feel included, this conversation has to extend well beyond 8

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Thomas Mitchell takes a look at the statistics around motorcycle casualties, which cast doubt on the claims made by Transport Scotland. Over the five years up to 2022, motorcyclists accounted for 17 per cent of all fatalities but less than one per cent of traffic. In 2022, according to Sco

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