A former lord chancellor has delivered a speech criticising the current holder of the office for his failures to discharge his constitutional duties and uphold the rule of law as well as access to justice, The Times reports. Delivering the 2015 Bentham Lecture in London,Lord Falconer of Thoroton (pi
Scottish solicitors are showing greater confidence in the future of their profession according to a recent Law Society of Scotland survey. In the annual survey of Law Society members’ views, 61 per cent said that they were optimistic about the future of the profession, compared to just 53 per cent
Ninety-two year old Dundonian George Cameron says working as a legal messenger could be the secret of a long life. The retired baker took up his post as messenger at Lawson, Coull & Duncan27 years ago and plans to continue working for the firm until he reaches 100 years of age.
Law firms that do not address "the root causes of gender diversity" risk being "overtaken", according to a report from London business advisory group Skarbek Associates. The 'Diversify Or Die' report warns that "firms that do not make the most of their resources by addressing gender diversity risk a
A new report from the Intelligence and Security Committee says that the legal framework for surveillance is "unnecessarily complicated" and "lacks transparency". The 149-page document was prepared after an in-depth inquiry into UK security agencies, which investigated "the degree to which they intru
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors has appointed Craig Currie to join their team in Ayr. His remit at the firm will include agricultural and commercial property, as well as advising clients on wills and estate planning with particular regard to inheritance tax matters.
On 3 July 2012 a collision between two RAF Tornado aircraft occurred over the Moray Firth, which led to the deaths of RAF aircrew Hywel Tomos Poole, Samuel Edward Bailey and Adam Mark Sanders. Following this tragic accident Crown Office’s Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit began an investigati
The Scottish Court Service has today published the report of Evidence and Procedure Review which was was chaired by Lord Carloway, Lord Justice Clerk, who in 2013 called for “clear-sky thinking” to help bring trial procedures rooted in the Victorian era into the modern, technologically-enhanced
Scotland’s law firms are strongly optimistic about the coming year, with rising profits per equity partner (PEP), increasing fee incomes and higher staff numbers according to a new survey by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP. The survey, entitled “What’s next for Scotland’s independe
Three American teenagers were arrested after allegedly stealing a goat which one planned to use as part of a joke when asking a girl to his school prom. Jacob Michaels, 17, told police he intended to ask the girl: "Would you goat with me to prom?"
The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on government plans which could result in some people being denied access to legal representation when they are accused of a crime. The Law Society, the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA)
Survivors of historical abuse in care or in institutions in Scotland are being asked to help shape the recently announced Inquiry into historical abuse at events in Edinburgh in the coming weeks. Additional meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow are being arranged by the Centre for Excellence for Looked
Scottish ministers have called on the UK government to keep its promises on devolving further welfare powers and reverse the extension of new Work Programme contracts. The move came at the joint ministerial working group on welfare, where social justice minister Alex Neiland fair work minister Rosea