An environmental group which challenged a Scottish local authority’s decision to grant planning permission for a new secondary school to be built in the Fife countryside has had a petition for judicial review dismissed. A judge in the Court of Session ruled that the council’s decision was “law
Police Scotland has been collecting and storing the phone numbers of people its officers have frisked under stop and search powers – including searches which revealed no criminality. A secret memo from last year gave the single force the power to record phone numbers and store them in its national
The draft clauses of a new Scotland bill have been criticised by a House of Commons committee as not meeting the Smith Commission brief, lacking credibility and being a “bit of a guddle”. The political and constitutional reform committee said the draft clauses for legislation intended to transfe
The UK government is to move ahead with plans to force asylum seekers in Scotland to lodge appeals in England amid legal challenges to the move. In January the Sunday Herald reported that the Home Office intended to alter the asylum system by forcing anyone who wanted to appeal to stay in the UK to
The number of people granting power of attorney (POA) to a friend or relative has increased following a campaign to raise awareness of the facility. The number of people who have registered a POA with the Office of the Public Guardian has gone up by about a third – 34 per cent – over the last 12
Lawyers, financial advisors and accountants have become the cyber criminal’s target of choice, Glasgow-based Weightmans LLP has warned. As global cyber-crime rises, the organisations increasingly at risk of attack are those involved in M&A business as they are privy to market-moving informatio
The licensing of air weapons has today come a step closer following the publication of the Scottish parliament’s local government and regenerationcommittee’s stage one report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. Whilst supporting plans to license air weapons, the committee is callin
A lecturer who was deceived into believing he was the father of his former wife’s child has been awarded £100,000 in repaid maintenance payments. The man, who cannot be named, found out that the child, who was conceived via IVF treatment, was created with the sperm of the woman’s former boyfrie
A Scots lawyer who made dozens of false legal aid claims has been struck off the roll of solicitors after being found guilty of “professional misconduct”. Massimo D’Alvito submitted at least 81 accounts between October 2009 and October 2011 which contained “fictitious outcomes” - prompting
A bill intended to strengthen the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) process in Scotland has been published today. The Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Bill will set out practical measures for a system which is "effective, efficient and fair" said the Scottish government.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been fined £54,000 following an admission of health and safety breaches that led to a firefighter’s death. Ewan Williamson died in 2009 while fighting a blaze at the Balmoral Bar in Edinburgh.
A settlement has been reached between over 4,000 female council workers and a local authority in an equal pay dispute. North Lanarkshire Council, Fox and Partners,Action 4 Equality (Scotland) Ltd and Unison have settled a second wave equal pay case against the council who owe the claimants backdated
Darina Kerr (pictured) discusses impending changes to the operation of judicial review in Scotland. Major changes to the operation of judicial review in Scotland are on the horizon. These changes have important implications for developers and funders. They will bring the procedure closer to that in