New figures showing that the number of people dying as a result of workplace incidents in Scotland has reached its highest level since 2019 have prompted urgent calls for reforms to corporate homicide legislation, writes Bruce Craig. Provisional data published by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (
Pinsent Masons' Fred Banning has passed away at the age of 40 after a period of illness. Mr Banning was a highly respected and widely known legal communications professional and founder of Fifth Day. He was a valued member of Pinsent Masons for 13 years, having joined McGrigors in the summer of 2010
Operators of sports stadia, concert venues, places of worship, hospitals, universities and other public premises where people congregate will be placed under a statutory duty to assess and address the risk of terrorist attacks under new legislation drafted by the UK government. Publication of the Te
Shonagh Brown and Pamela Gilmour discuss the Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill, recently passed by the Scottish Parliament, and how it aims to modernise and simplify the law of moveable transactions. Scots law has not traditionally been recognised for its dynamic or innovative nature, but newly-
Pinsent Masons has promoted five Scotland-based lawyers to its partnership, boosting its sector-focused professional services capabilities. Taking effect as of 1 May, the firm’s 25 new partners are based across the firm’s network, with 14 in the UK, five promoted in Asia Pacific and six
Sue Gilchrist comments on a new bill intended to protect employees from sexual harassment. The UK government has intervened on draft legislation currently before parliament to address the risk that employers will take “unreasonable or drastic measures” to avoid being held liable for the
Ransomware attacks are increasing in volume, and threat actors are increasingly aggressive and sophisticated in the nature of such attacks. While guidance has been introduced to help businesses understand what measures they should take to address ransomware risk, there are increasingly complex chall
The publication of the 2022 edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) highlights that the perceived risk of bribery and corruption in many countries has shown no improvement - and in some important markets such as the UK is unfortunately worsening – which highlights the need for busine
Tom Stocker details developments in the law surrounding fraud and related offences. A new offence of failing to prevent “fraud, false accounting or money laundering” is to be introduced into UK law, security minister Tom Tugendhat has confirmed.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said her government would “carefully consider” the issues raised by more than 100 businesses after publication of an open letter on a proposed ban on alcohol advertising. Industry big hitters including BrewDog, Diageo, Whyte & Mackay and Tennents di
Pinsent Masons has appointed Edinburgh-based solicitor advocate Jim Cormack KC as head of its risk advisory services (RAS) group. Mr Cormack succeeds Glasgow-based Laura Cameron, who on taking on the role seven years ago was Pinsent Masons’ first female group head and first female board member
The Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill was introduced into the UK Parliament last week and makes provision for minimum service levels to be stipulated for health services, fire and rescue services, education services, transport services, decommissioning of nuclear installations and management of
Pinsent Masons' Scottish corporate team looks back on 2022, having advised on deals worth billions of pounds in various sectors, and discusses its outlook for the year ahead. The stand-out deal in the last 12 months was Ithaca Energy’s £2.5 billion listing on the main London Stock Exchan
The second in a series of four events dedicated to supporting the FinTech Scotland Research & Innovation Roadmap will take place in Edinburgh tomorrow.
A barista who is determined to carve out a career in law has been awarded the Kirk Murdoch Scholarship, which was set up in memory of the respected lawyer and business leader. Jo MacLeod, 27, worked in a number of retail jobs after leaving school but gave up her full-time Starbucks position to retur