James Wolffe QC The Scottish government needs to think again about which categories of deaths should prompt a mandatory inquiry, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, James Wolffe QC, has suggested to MSPs.
New figures published in Scottish Police Authority (SPA) documents show that 171 Scottish police officers are facing serious criminal allegations including assault and fraud. A document from the SPA complaints and conduct committee meeting on 11 May lists allegations made against officers - ranging
Employers are facing thousands of potential claims for underpaid holiday pay according to accountants and business advisers BDO LLP.
Bruce Crawford The Scottish Parliament's Devolution (Further Powers) Committee has given its backing to a bill that would allow 16 and 17-year olds to vote in the next Holyrood election.
Christine Grahame The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has called for submissions of written evidence on the government's proposed Community Justice (Scotland) Bill.
The International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA) has launched a report on dispute resolution in the energy sector at an industry summit in Amsterdam. The ICEA, a joint venture of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University o
Scottish house prices have risen at their highest annual rate for eight years, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics. The ONS said average prices climbed by 14.6 per cent over the year to March, to hit £207,000, the largest increase since 2007.
Millionaire American lawyer Richard Fields has succeeded in a custody battle over a Steinway baby grand piano worth £64,000 in a divorce battle with his wife, Ekaterina Parfenova.
The Christian directors of a bakery “unlawfully discriminated” against a gay man in refusing to accept his order for a “Bert and Ernie” cake bearing a caption supporting same-sex marriage. A judge at Belfast County Court held that the Ashers Bakery, run by husband and wife Colin McArthur and
Prisoner to be awarded damages for use of ‘disproportionate’ restraint by G4S during hospital visits
A prisoner who claimed the restraint used by security officers to take him from jail to attend hospital appointments was “disproportionate” is to be awarded damages after a sheriff ruled the inmate’s human rights had been breached. The pursuer James McDowall argued that the absence of an “in
Solicitor general Lesley Thomson QC Lawyers representing the families of victims of the Glasgow bin lorry crash have said their clients are struggling to successfully apply for legal aid for the fatal accident inquiry (FAI).
The next Advocate General for Scotland, the UK government's senior Scottish law officer, is likely to be announced within the next 48 hours sources at Whitehall have said. It is believed that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint Richard Keen QC, 61, current Scottish Conservatives cha
Harper Macleod has announced plans for expansion as its fee income for the latest financial year hit £22 million. The firm's highlights in 2014-15 included its legal adviser role for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the integration of niche private client firmBird Semple into its operations
CMS is in a period of "organic growth" in Scotland, one year on from the successful acquisition of Dundas & Wilson. Stephen Millar, one of the firm's two executive partners in Scotland, said the legal sector in Scotland is in a "more healthy" position because of ongoing consolidation and hailed
The new Conservative administration is set to publish a European Union Referendum Bill as soon as next week, according to a senior Whitehall source quoted in press reports. A piece of legislation to enable an in-out referendum on the European Union is expected to be among the first bills published o