This year's Scottish Legal News Annual Review devotes a section to Scottish lawyers working in the USA. The section is built around an essay by US judge Jed Rakoff and in it three Scottish lawyers tell of their experiences stateside.
MacRoberts has appointed John McGovern (pictured) partner. Mr McGovern heads a three-strong team appointed by the firm to further strengthen the intellectual property, technology & commercial (IPTC) practice group.
Commenting on the death of Scottish solicitor Joe Beltrami (pictured), Alistair Morris, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Joe Beltrami was a towering figure in Scotland’s legal landscape and will be much missed by all those who knew him. “Joe became a household name as one of th
A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) will not be held into the death of a six-week-old baby over seven years ago, the Crown Office has said. The decision came after discussions with the family of Alexis Matheson – with the Crown Office saying facts and learning points had previously been established in
A new law which aims to speed up the process of “getting the deal in writing” and bring benefits to businesses in Scotland, has been passed by the Scottish parliament. Speaking after the stage 3 debate on the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill energy secretary Fergus Ewin
Pressure is mounting on Scottish ministers to scrap a law meant to give patients a legal guarantee of speedy NHS treatment following news it has been flouted in a significant number of cases. The Treatment of Time Guarantee came into force in 2012 as part of the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011, w
The owner of a fire-damaged church whose claim on an insurance policy was repudiated by insurers has had a counterclaim for indemnification for losses arising from the blaze dismissed by a judge in the Court of Session. Lord Boyd of Duncansby (pictured) heard that in January 1998 the defender Lady I
A judge in the Court of Appeal has told the former wife of a millionaire horse surgeon to find a job and that she has no right to expect “an income for life” at the expense of her ex-husband. Lord Justice Pitchford’s (pictured) decision may affect how former partners of wealthy spouses are tre
Mike Dailly offers the view that the insolvency industry in Scotland often preys on the misery of the vulnerable. Not every business does badly in a recession. Some do very well indeed. The following case is fairly typical. It illustrates something worryingly wrong and unfair at the heart of the ins
A new Scottish government consultation invites views on the fees charged by the Court of Session,Accountant of Court, Sheriff & Justice of the Peace Courts, High Court, Office of the Public Guardian, Personal Injury Court and the Sheriff Appeal Court. The level of fees charged by the courts and
A woman who was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty of murdering a vulnerable neighbour has had an appeal against the sentence imposed refused. The main ground of appeal concerned the appellant’s medical and mental condition and the fact that she had undergone gender reassign