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The accused in the under-25 rape case, Sean Hogg, may be considering an appeal against conviction. It is unlikely that he will appeal the sentence, but the Crown may do so. The sentencing judge came in for a lot of criticism for not imposing a custodial sentence, but we should not rule out the

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Jimmy Black meets corporate lawyer Robert Pirrie WS, chief executive and in-house lawyer of the Society of Writers to the Signet. Deep in the cellars of the Signet Library, there are caverns with sturdy doors, guarding some of the Scottish legal profession’s most fascinating historical treasur

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Barristers and advocates appeal to the cab-rank rule whenever the UK government complains that they are a left-wing nuisance. They are professionally bound to represent their clients, they say, and are agnostic as to the moral content of their cases.

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I’m following with interest the current debate around a declaration of around 291 English barristers and solicitors refusing to prosecute climate change protesters and further refusing to act for clients in the fossil fuel industry on new projects. The Daily Mail made this declaration the subj

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The Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission of England & Wales have published their joint report, Building families through surrogacy: a new law, together with a draft bill for the reform of the law on surrogacy. This followed a consultation process which ran from 6 June to 11 October 201

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Law Society of Scotland president elect Sheila Webster reflects on a visit to Edinburgh Central Mosque. It’s always an honour to be welcomed with hospitality and generosity, and that’s even more the case when it comes to events that hold special significance for your host. So i

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Jo Clancy writes about a recent case involving automatism. The concept of insurance can be traced back to the Roman Empire where, under maritime law, shippers took out insurance to protect themselves against the risk of losing their ships to stormy seas, pirates, and technical failures. Following th

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I have learned from experience – that when it comes to expressing views on social media in 2023 – it is usually wise to begin by making crystal clear what I am not saying. I am not saying that the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. That said, vie

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War and the internet … Inna Dzhurynska sits in her Dundee flat, drafting new legislation for the government of Ukraine. She’s part of a dispersed project team funded by USAID, working online to ensure that the laws and regulations governing Ukraine’s energy markets are compatible

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Sue Gilchrist comments on a new bill intended to protect employees from sexual harassment. The UK government has intervened on draft legislation currently before parliament to address the risk that employers will take “unreasonable or drastic measures” to avoid being held liable for the

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Recent legal news has been dominated by the coming into effect of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 in England and Wales. Previously, the law provided that individuals aged 16 and 17 in England and Wales were capable of entering a marriage, provided that they had parental con

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