Scottish Law Commission

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The Scottish Law Commission has launched a public consultation on the law reform work that it should carry out in the future. The commission is seeking views on which areas of Scots law are most in need of reform. Reform may be needed because the law is causing difficulties in practice, for example

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The Scottish Law Commission’s Annual Report 2021 has been published. The report outlines progress on the commission’s law reform work during 2021. It explains the progress made on implementation of the commission’s recommendations, outlines the commission’s work to promote la

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The Scottish Law Commission is seeking views on a new discussion paper on damages for personal injury.  Damages for personal injury are a sensitive type of civil claim because they involve a delicate balance of interests. The principle of restitutio in integrum – putting a person in the p

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The Scottish Law Commission has today published a second discussion paper consulting on reform of the law of securities granted over land and buildings in Scotland. Heritable securities, often referred to as 'mortgages', are essential to the economy. Without them, many people could not afford to buy

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The Scottish Law Commission today has published a discussion paper on updating the mental element in homicide. The crimes of murder and culpable homicide are generally regarded as the most serious of all crimes in Scots law, in terms of gravity and impact on victims and their families.

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Malcolm McMillan, chief executive of the Scottish Law Commission, is to retire at the end of June. Mr McMillan has been chief executive since 2008, ably supporting commission chairs Lord Drummond Young (2008), Lady Clark (2012), Lord Pentland (2014), and Lady Paton (2019 to date), commissioners and

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The Scottish Law Commission will publish delayed discussion papers on personal injury payouts and homicide this year following the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. Writing in the foreword to its annual report for 2020, chairperson Lady Paton said the Commission's publications over the course of

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The Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission of England and Wales have today announced landmark proposals that will seek to ensure the safety of self-driving vehicles via a comprehensive new legal framework. Hailed as “leading the way on the regulation of this technology” by transp

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David Bartos and Dr Gillian Black have been appointed commissioners of the Scottish Law Commission. Mr Bartos brings a wealth of practical experience in commercial property litigation covering a wide breadth of landlord and tenant disputes together with a deep knowledge of property and contract law.

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The Scottish Law Commission has published a discussion paper reviewing cohabitation law in Scotland. While the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 gives cohabitants statutory rights where none previously existed, there have been changes in society and in attitudes to relationships and families in Scotlan

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The Scottish Law Commission’s Annual Report 2019 outlines progress on the commission’s law reform work during 2019. The report explains the progress made on implementation of the commission’s recommendations, outlines the commission’s work to promote law reform and contains a

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Dr Frankie McCarthy has been appointed a Scottish law commissioner. Dr McCarthy is a senior lecturer in private law at the University of Glasgow, where she has taught since 2007. Her teaching and research interests are in property law and family law and she has published widely in relation to b

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