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Death by driving motorist’s £500,000 damages appeal against GP over prescription drugs which ‘caused black-out’ dismissed 

A motorist found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving who claimed that he “blacked out” behind the wheel as a result of medication he was prescribed has had a £500,000 damages action against his GP dismissed following an appeal.

Published 21 February 2020

Franchise extended to foreign nationals and refugees

The right to vote in Scottish Parliament and local government elections has been extended with the passing of the Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill.

Published 21 February 2020

Finding that brains do not fully mature until 25 to inform sentencing of young people

Sentencing should take account of compelling evidence that the brain does not fully mature until at least the age of 25, according to a review of research undertaken on behalf of the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Published 21 February 2020

Martin Mackay: Five reasons to work in law in the Highlands

Martin Mackay extolls the benefits of working in the Highlands.

Published 21 February 2020

Faculty to stage major event on Scotland after Brexit

A major seminar to put the spotlight on Scotland’s place in Europe following Brexit has been announced by the Faculty of Advocates.

Published 21 February 2020

Shepherd and Wedderburn is top Scottish-headquartered law firm in diversity ranking

Shepherd and Wedderburn is the top-ranked Scottish-headquartered law firm in a new list of the UK’s top 25 legal employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

Published 21 February 2020

Harper Macleod to help Glasgow City Council drive business growth among city's SMEs

Harper Macleod has been tasked with helping to drive forward business growth in Glasgow over the next three years.

Published 21 February 2020

In pictures... Ergo Law in the running for firm of the year

Scottish employment law specialist Ergo Law is celebrating a successful and busy fourth year in business.

Published 21 February 2020

Shoosmiths scoops property legal team of the year accolade at industry awards

The strength of Shoosmiths’ growing real estate division in Scotland has been further underlined after scooping the Property Legal Team of the Year accolade at the Scottish Property Awards 2020 in Edinburgh.

Published 21 February 2020

Balfour and Manson selects My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as 2020 charity partner

Balfour and Manson has announced that the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has been selected as its 2020 charity partner.

Published 21 February 2020

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Published 21 February 2020

And finally... must do better

A lawyer who disrupted a trial was ordered by a judge to write lines like a schoolboy in detention.

Published 21 February 2020

Court grants motion to enforce adjudicator’s £4m damages decision in dispute over school construction project

A company set up to deliver a number of new schools and community centres in North Lanarkshire that sued a construction company over defects in the development of one of the building projects has been granted a court order to enforce an adjudicator’s decision in its favour.

Published 20 February 2020

Geoffrey Cox QC claims government poses no threat to judiciary

Sacked Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC has said ministers should not “clip the wings” of judges and should protect them from political attacks.

Published 20 February 2020

Audit Committee: Contingency plan for HMP Barlinnie must be of the highest priority

Developing a contingency plan for HMP Barlinnie in the event that it fails must be of the highest priority for the Scottish Prison Service, Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee has said.

Published 20 February 2020