Law Society welcomes proposals to clear Covid-19 courts backlog

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed proposals to clear the Covid-19 courts backlog and called for "urgent, full and frank discussions with all interested parties" to address the problem.

Published 29 September 2020

Lord Carloway hails ‘remarkable’ determination of lawyers during Covid-19

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, has hailed the “remarkable” determination of the legal profession to maintain access to justice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 29 September 2020

Senior lawyer warns it is ‘just a matter of time’ until courtroom transmission confirmed

A senior lawyer has warned that it is "just a matter of time" until Covid-19 is transmitted in court buildings unless more preventive measures are taken.

Published 29 September 2020

Niall McCluskey: Students’ wellbeing ignored in the quest to make money

Advocate Niall McCluskey considers the plight of students in lockdown in university accommodation.

Published 29 September 2020

‘Up to a decade’ just to return courts backlog to pre-pandemic levels

It will take up to a decade to get the courts backlog back to pre-pandemic measures unless more measures are taken to increase or speed up court business, MSPs have warned.

Published 28 September 2020

Burness Paull profits rise 14 per cent to £25m despite lockdown

Commercial law firm Burness Paull LLP has reported a 14 per cent increase in profits to £25 million in its latest financial year, which includes almost five months of working in lockdown.

Published 28 September 2020

Douglas Mill sees light at the end of the Covid tunnel

As we move past the six-month mark with Covid-19 and with further business restriction pending, SLN asked Douglas Mill, who in the last 12 years has consulted with over 130 firms throughout the country, how things were going for High Street solicitors and how he saw matters playing out.

Published 28 September 2020

Staff at Weightmans return to full pay following pandemic cuts

Staff at Weightmans are to receive full pay again after the firm made cuts earlier this year, The Lawyer reports.

Published 23 September 2020

SYLA invites young lawyers to complete survey on impact of COVID-19

The Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (SYLA) has created created a survey to understand how COVID-19 has affected young lawyers and their careers.

Published 16 September 2020

Aberdeen lawyers call for temporary courtrooms to tackle backlog of cases

Lawyers in Aberdeen have called for temporary courtrooms to be established to help tackle the increasing backlog of cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as sheriff and jury trials have still not resumed.

Published 15 September 2020

CMS publishes new report to give GCs practical COVID-19 advice

CMS has published its latest report in its General Counsel (GC) "Creating connections, bridging gaps" series, produced in partnership with the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA).

Published 15 September 2020

Criminal claim possible for COVID-19 deaths at Home Farm Care Home

Professor Peter Watson, solicitor advocate at PBW Law, has written to the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC on behalf of two families who lost loved ones in the COVID-19 outbreak at Home Farm Care Home on Skye, requesting full consideration of whether a crime was committed by the operators of the home.

Published 14 September 2020

Bill would allow removal of suspected domestic abusers from homes

The police and courts could gain the power to remove suspected domestic abusers from victims' homes under proposed legislation.

Published 7 September 2020

Outstanding Sheriff Court summary trials up 28 per cent

Outstanding Sheriff Court summary trials have increased by 28 per to 17,818, the latest figures from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) show.

Published 4 September 2020

Holyrood committee to take evidence on renewing emergency powers

The Scottish Parliament’s Covid-19 Committee is set to take evidence on renewing the emergency legislation passed to deal with the pandemic.

Published 3 September 2020