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11/12/2018 Trusts (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Law Commission has published a revised version of the Trusts (Scotland) Bill
06/12/2018 The Right to Privacy and the Digital Revolution
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched an inquiry into the Right to Privacy (Article 8) and the Digital Revolution
04/12/2018 Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Bill
Those who have suffered the trauma of personal injury should have their compensation calculated in a fair and transparent way, according to a report by a Holyrood Committee.
29/11/2018 Guaranteeing human rights
The Scottish Parliament should be an international leader in human rights, and adopt procedures that ensure best practice becomes standard practice, according to a new report
27/11/2018 PEOs in environmental proceedings
The SCJC has announced the publication of new rules to enhance access to justice by preventing court actions relating to the environment being “prohibitively expensive” to members of the public.
22/11/2018 New Social Security Chamber
The new Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland was created today, 22nd November 2018.
13/11/2018 Prescription Bill passed
The Prescription Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
08/11/2018 Consultation on future rules for automated vehicles
The Law Commissions are consulting on crucial legal reforms that will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.
06/11/2018 Call for views on ending the physical punishment of children
Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee has launched a call for views on proposed changes that would remove the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ from Scots law
25/10/2018 Insolvencies increase in Scotland
New statistics reveal an increase of 23% in the number of personal insolvencies in Scotland in 2018-19 Q2
23/10/2018 New Broadcast Protocol
The Judicial Office for Scotland has launched a new ‘Protocol on Recording and Broadcasting of Proceedings in the High Court of Justiciary and the Court of Session, and the Use of Live Text Based Communications from Court’
18/10/2018 Paperless document exchange for General Court
From 1st December e-Curia will become the only means of exchange of legal documents between parties’ representatives and the EU General Court.
09/10/2018 No legislation for level crossings reform
The Law Commissions have expressed disappointment at the UK Government’s decision not to introduce legislation to implement their 2013 joint Report on Level Crossings
04/10/2018 Strengthening protections against FGM
The Scottish Government has published a consultation paper on the introduction of a Bill that will give girls and women greater protection from FGM.
02/10/2018 Justice Committee backs increased use of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Holyrood’s Justice Committee has published a report calling for increased use of ADR methods such as mediation and arbitration as an alternative to civil courts.
28/09/2018 Rise in guardianship orders
New figures published by the Mental Welfare Commission show a continued rise in the use of guardianship orders in Scotland.
20/09/2018 The Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill
Proposed legislation which sets a new target relating to the eradication of fuel poverty is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee.
19/09/2018 Queen's Counsel Appointments
The Society of Solicitor Advocates is delighted at the announcement that Solicitor Advocates Jim Cormack and Richard Goddard have been appointed Queen’s Counsel.
13/09/2018 Right to leave for bereaved parents
A new workplace right to paid leave for bereaved parents has been officially enshrined in law as the Parental Leave and Pay Bill achieves Royal Assent.
11/09/2018 New time limits for civil jury precepts
The SCJC has advised that upcoming changes to court rules will alter the time limits applicable for parties requesting the issue of the jury precept in civil jury trials in the Court of Session.
06/09/2018 Financial redress in respect of abuse in care - report
A set of reports looking at a financial compensation/redress scheme for the victims/survivors of abuse in care in Scotland has been published.
30/08/2018 Fall in number of civil law cases
The latest civil justice statistics show a fall of 5% in the number of civil law cases initiated in 2016-17
23/08/2018 Extension to consultation on insurable interest
The Scottish Law Commission has announced an extension to the deadline for comments on the Insurable Interest Bill.
21/08/2018 Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme
A new Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme will give qualified solicitors, solicitor advocates or advocates the opportunity to apply to spend up to three days observing the work of a judicial office holder.
16/08/2018 Party litigants and Simple Procedure
The Scottish Civil Justice Council is looking at the experience of party litigants when using Simple Procedure in the sheriff court.
26/07/2018 Scottish Insolvency Statistics show rise
The latest statistics from AiB show total personal insolvencies, which include both bankruptcies and protected trust deeds, rose by 11.8% relative to the first quarter of 2017-18.
24/07/2018 Report on women's rights in Scotland
A new report calls for greater government action to protect and fulfil women’s rights in Scotland.
17/07/2018 Biometric data consultation
The Scottish Government is consulting on how to deliver independent and ethical oversight of the collection and use of biometric data.
05/07/2018 Justice Committee seeking views on Vulnerable Witnesses Bill
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has launched a call for evidence into the Vulnerable Witnesses Bill.
03/07/2018 Holyrood Committee to review dog control law
The effectiveness of legislation that aims to ensure dogs are kept under control is to be examined by a Holyrood Committee.
28/06/2018 Three appointments to the Supreme Court
The Queen has approved the appointment of Lady Justice Arden DBE, Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Sales to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as Justices.
21/06/2018 Consultation on draft Insurable Interest Bill
The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have published updated draft legislation intended to pull the law of insurable interest into the 21st century
19/06/2018 Damages Bill introduced
Legislation reforming the means by which the personal injury discount rate for damages claims is set has been introduced in the Scottish Parliament.
12/06/2018 The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill
Scotland will move to a soft opt out system for organ and tissue donation, under legislation introduced to the Scottish Parliament earlier this week.
07/06/2018 Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill passed
The Scottish Parliament has unanimously passed the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill.
05/06/2018 Research into family justice system
The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects looking at the family justice system. The aim is to improve understanding of the barriers to children’s views being heard in family law cases.
31/05/2018 Lord Reed named Deputy President of the Supreme Court
The Right Hon Lord Reed has been appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court.
29/05/2018 Climate Change Bill
The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament last week.
24/05/2018 Discussion Paper on Aspects of Leases: Termination
The SLC has published a Discussion Paper on Aspects of Leases: Termination, looking at the regulation of commercial leases.
22/05/2018 New laws to make social media safer
New laws will be created to make sure that the UK is the safest place in the world to be online, Digital Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
17/05/2018 Report on Planning (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has set out recommendations to strengthen the Planning (Scotland) Bill.
15/05/2018 Consultation on review of Part 1 - Children (Scotland) Act 1995
The role of the courts in cases involving children of separated parents and the law around parental responsibilities and rights will be considered as part of a consultation on key themes to be included in a family justice modernisation strategy.
08/05/2018 Surrogacy laws set for reform
The Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission of England and Wales have started work on a joint review of the laws on surrogacy.
03/05/2018 Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill
The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this week
26/04/2018 Social Security (Scotland) Bill
A Bill allowing the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
19/04/2018 SCJC sets out priorities for 2018/19
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has identified seven priorities that it will be working on during the coming year.
12/04/2018 Competition advice for joint ventures
The Competition and Markets Authority has published advice for businesses thinking of, or already operating, joint ventures to help them comply with competition law.
09/04/2018 Carers (Scotland) Act now in force
Significant new rights improving support and recognition for unpaid cares have come into force.
29/03/2018 SLC Report on Review of Contract Law
The Scottish Law Commission has published its Report on Review of Contract Law: Formation, Interpretation, Remedies for Breach, and Penalty Clauses
13/03/2018 The New Glasgow Tribunals Centre
The Glasgow Tribunals Centre at Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, shared by the SCTS and HMCTS, will open to the public on Tuesday 3rd April.
08/03/2018 Call for evidence on the Prescription (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliamentary Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has launched a call for evidence on the Prescription (Scotland) Bill.
06/03/2018 Regulatory review looks at self-driving vehicles
The Government has instructed a regulatory review of legal obstacles to the widespread introduction of self-driving vehicles.
01/03/2018 Simple Procedure Rules consultation
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has launched a public consultation as part of its review of how the Simple Procedure Rules are working.
20/02/2018 Trade mark and trade secret consultations
The IPO has launched consultations relating to the Trade Mark Directive and the Trade Secrets Directive.
15/02/2018 Civil Online progresses
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that the first phase of its electronic case handling system, Civil Online, will be launched in March.
13/02/2018 Prescription Bill introduced
A Bill to reform the law of negative prescription, by which certain legal rights disappear if not acted upon, has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
08/02/2018 MEPs approve cross-border online shopping rules
The European Parliament has approved a regulation to end unjustified geo-blocking, which should make it easier for buyers to shop online without being blocked or automatically re-routed.
06/02/2018 Letting agent code of practice goes live
A new statutory Code of Practice for letting agents, which will improve standards and empower tenants, came into force last week
30/01/2018 New data protection laws in four months
With four months to go until new data protection laws come into force, the Digital and Culture Secretary has urged businesses and charities to make sure they are ready.
23/01/2018 World-first property register
A world-first register revealing owners of overseas companies buying property in the UK will go live by early 2021
16/01/2018 14 new Employment Judges
Fourteen new Employment Judges have been appointed to the panel of judges of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).
21/12/2017 MSPs back changing compensation claims
MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice Committee have unanimously backed a proposed law that changes the costs for people bringing a civil claim to court in Scotland.
20/12/2017 Reform of moveable transactions law
The Scottish Law Commission has published a Report recommending reform of moveable transactions law in Scotland.
14/12/2017 SLC report on defamation
The SLC has published a report recommending reform of defamation law in Scotland. The report includes draft legislation designed to modernise the law for the age of the internet and social media.
07/12/2017 Planning (Scotland) Bill
New legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.
05/12/2017 Gender representation on public boards
The Scottish Parliament has approved the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill in principle after a stage one debate.
01/12/2017 New Private Residential Tenancy
The biggest change to the private rental sector in a generation will mean tenants now have more security and stability coupled with better safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors
28/11/2017 Court of Session sittings
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has confirmed that new Rules setting out when the Court of Session sits will come into force on 1st January 2018.
24/11/2017 Equalities Committee seeks views on Historic Pardons Bill
The Equalities and Human Rights Committee is looking to hear views on the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill
20/11/2017 Gender targets backed by Equalities Committee
A majority of members on Holyrood’s Equalities Committee have backed the general principles of the Gender Representation on Public Boards Bill.
17/11/2017 Employment tribunal fee refund scheme
The Government has confirmed that all those eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds can now apply, following a successful opening phase of the scheme.
15/11/2017 MEPs vote to boost online consumer protection
MEPs have approved EU-wide rules to better protect consumers against scams and detect and stop rogue traders more swiftly.
09/11/2017 Consultation on Gender Recognition Act
Plans have been unveiled to make it simpler – and less intrusive – for transgender people to be legally recognised in their acquired gender.
07/11/2017 Historical Sexual Offences Bill published
Legislation to provide gay men convicted under historical discriminatory laws with an automatic pardon has been published.
03/11/2017 Report on Code of Practice for Named Persons information sharing
Holyrood’s Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has published its Stage 1 report on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill
26/10/2017 Improving the quality of legislation
The House of Lords Constitution Committee has called on the Government to make changes to the way that legislation is developed
23/10/2017 Employment tribunal fee refund scheme progresses
The Government has announced that the first people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds are now able to apply.
19/10/2017 Updating the mergers regime
The Government is consulting on measures to update the merger system and better protect national security.
16/10/2017 SCTS Move to Create Glasgow Tribunals Centre
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has announced plans for a new Tribunals Centre at 3 Atlantic Quay in Glasgow.
13/10/2017 Lobbying Register in force in March 2018
From Monday 12th March 2018 all regulated lobbying in Scotland will have to be registered on Scotland’s new Lobbying Register.
05/10/2017 Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 commences
A long-standing barrier to survivors of childhood abuse being able to take civil legal action pursuing damages has been abolished.
03/10/2017 New right of appeal at Investigatory Powers Tribunal - consultation
The Government has launched a consultation on draft rules governing proceedings at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
28/09/2017 Appointments to Housing & Property Chamber
New appointments have been made to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, and assigned to the Housing and Property Chamber
25/09/2017 Research into how juries reach decisions
Research into how juries reach decisions, including their use of the ‘not proven’ verdict, will be carried out over the next two years.
22/09/2017 The Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill
The Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. It will establish a statutory basis for third party rights and ensure Scots law is flexible and fit for modern-day purposes.
14/09/2017 Data laws to be made fit for digital age
The Government has outlined its plans to update data protection legislation for the modern era.
11/09/2017 Nuisance hedges legislation report
Overgrown hedges remain an issue because legislation is not always being used as effectively as it could be, according to a Holyrood Committee.
07/09/2017 Queen's Counsel Appointments
The Society of Solicitor Advocates is delighted at the announcement that solicitor advocate Tony Jones has been appointed Queen’s Counsel.
04/09/2017 Formation of contract - consultation
The Scottish Law Commission is seeking views on a working draft of a Bill on the formation of contract
31/08/2017 Corporate governance reforms
Business Secretary Greg Clark has set out the Government's corporate governance reforms to enhance the public's trust in business.
29/08/2017 Future of Crofting
A consultation on the priorities for future crofting law has been launched by Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing.
18/08/2017 Judicial Complaints Reviewer appointed
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has announced the appointment of Ian Gordon as the third Judicial Complaints Reviewer.
14/08/2017 Holiday consumer rights proposals
Enhanced regulations will better protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays booked online, under proposals outlined by Consumer Minister Margot James.
07/08/2017 Strengthening data protection
In a statement of intent the Government has committed to updating and strengthening data protection laws through a new Data Protection Bill.
03/08/2017 CMA consults on penalties guidance
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is consulting on proposals to amend its penalties guidance
27/07/2017 Mixed picture for Scots insolvencies
New figures from Accountant in Bankruptcy show fewer businesses becoming insolvent or entering receivership, but an increase in the number of personal insolvencies.
25/07/2017 Lady Hale appointed next President of Supreme Court
The Government has announced that Baroness Hale of Richmond will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as President of the UK Supreme Court.
19/07/2017 Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill
Employed parents who have lost a child will for the first time get statutory paid leave to grieve under a proposed new law
18/07/2017 Justice Vision and Priorities
he Scottish Government last week published a new ‘Vision and Priorities for Justice’ and its accompanying 2017-18 Delivery Plan.
14/07/2017 Report on prescription
The Scottish Law Commission has published a new Report making recommendations for the reform of negative prescription.
11/07/2017 Discussion Paper on remedies for breach of contract
In the final phase of its review of contract law, the Scottish Law Commission has published a Discussion Paper on remedies for breach of contract.
29/06/2017 Space Industry Bill introduced
The Space Industry Bill has been introduced into the House of Lords.
27/06/2017 Change to Scottish limited partnership rules
The Scottish Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2017 came into force this week
22/06/2017 Evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has published a report looking at the way evidence is taken from child and vulnerable witnesses.
20/06/2017 MSPs seek views on capping ‘no win no fee’ arrangements
The cost of going to court is to be examined by Holyrood’s Justice Committee as it begins its scrutiny of the Civil Litigation Bill by launching a call for evidence.
15/06/2017 Lay representatives, withdrawal of agents and judicial review
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has issued several sets of new rules that will come into force in July.
13/06/2017 Modernising fatal accident inquiries
Major changes that modernise the way fatal accident inquiries are carried out will come into force this week.
01/06/2017 ECtHR changes delivery of single judge decisions
The ECtHR has launched a new approach to the delivery of single judge decisions, allowing more detailed reasoning to be included.
26/05/2017 Amendments to Simple Procedure & FAI Rules
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has published an Act of Sederunt that will amend the Simple Procedure Rules and the Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules.
22/05/2017 Consultation on animal welfare legislation
MSPs are consulting on proposed legislation that would ban the use of any non-domesticated animal travelling and performing in circuses.
17/05/2017 First tax chamber tribunal president appointed
The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of the inaugural Tax Chamber President of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.
15/05/2017 The Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill
Holyrood’s Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has recommended that the general principles of the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill be approved.
09/05/2017 First civil jury trial for Personal Injury Court
The first civil jury trial in the Sheriff Court since their re-introduction has taken place in the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court.
02/05/2017 New Administrative Sheriff
Sheriff Kenneth McGowan was recently appointed as the new Administrative Sheriff for the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court.
27/04/2017 Keep children at heart of hearings system
Improvements are needed to ensure that children remain at the heart of the system designed to protect them, say MSPs
20/04/2017 Committee backs Bill lifting time bar on childhood abuse civil litigation
Justice Committee endorses general principles of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill, but some aspects need further consideration
19/04/2017 Gender pay gap reporting now live
Earlier this month, the UK became one of the first countries to introduce gender pay gap reporting
13/04/2017 The Scottish Land Court
The Scottish Land Court is, as of 1st April, now one of ”the Scottish courts” as defined by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.
11/04/2017 Supreme Court confirms Scottish sitting dates
The UK Supreme Court has announced it will sit in Edinburgh between Monday 12th to Thursday 15th June 2017.
05/04/2017 New penalties for breaching financial sanctions
The Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation is now able to use powers to impose penalties for serious financial sanctions breaches
03/04/2017 FAI rules in force in June
Procedure rules that set out changes to the way Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) are carried out are due to come into force on 15th June.
28/03/2017 Civil Justice Statistics published
The latest civil justice statistics show that 77,721 civil law cases were initiated across the Court of Session, sheriff courts and the newly established Sheriff Personal Injury Court in 2015-16
16/03/2017 Stronger rights for shareholders in EU companies
MEPs have approved new rules that will give shareholders in EU companies a say on directors’ pay and make it easier for firms to identify their shareholders
13/03/2017 New rules for formal offers in settlement
The SCJC has announced the details of new Court Rules that will introduce a mechanism by which a pursuer can put forward a formal offer in settlement
02/03/2017 New law to protect children
New legislation to criminalise emotional abuse and neglect of children is to be introduced in Scotland.
28/02/2017 Views sought on the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Parliament’s Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has issued a call for evidence on the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill.
22/02/2017 New Tayside Commercial Court
A new court dedicated to dealing with commercial disputes is to be established in Tayside. It will sit in Dundee, Forfar and Perth Sheriff Courts.
21/02/2017 ‘Hedge rage’ legislation to be examined by committee
Legislation aimed at addressing the frustration caused by overgrown hedges will be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee.
16/02/2017 Holyrood Committee launches gender pay gap inquiry
The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Fair Work and Jobs Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of equal pay.
09/02/2017 Automatic cross-border recognition of adoptions
To protect adopted children’s best interests, MEPs earlier this month urged the EU Commission to require all EU countries to recognise each other’s adoption certificates automatically.
07/02/2017 Clarifying contract law
A Bill to reform contract law on third party rights was introduced to the Scottish Parliament last week.
02/02/2017 Independent review of legal aid
The Scottish Government has announced an independent review of legal aid to ensure it meets the changing needs of Scotland’s justice system.
26/01/2017 Merger investigations in smaller markets
The Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on changes to reduce the number of mergers it investigates in smaller markets.
24/01/2017 Community Empowerment Act
The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 is now in force.
18/01/2017 Review of limited partnership business model
The Government has launched a review looking at the uses of ‘limited partnerships’ in the UK.
16/01/2017 Call for evidence on corporate economic crime
The Ministry of Justice has issued a call for evidence on whether further reform is needed to combat corporate criminality
10/01/2017 Housing and Property Chamber consultation
The Scottish Government is consulting on new rules that will govern the operation of the Housing and Property Chamber of the new First-tier Tribunal
06/01/2017 Gender balance on public boards
The Scottish Government is consulting on a new Bill that aims to ensure gender balance on public boards in Scotland.
04/01/2017 New penalties for enablers of offshore tax evasion
New sanctions are now in force to deter individuals or corporates who take deliberate action to help others evade paying tax.
22/12/2016 Air Departure Tax
The Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill, replacing Air Passenger Duty in Scotland, has been formally introduced to the Scottish Parliament.
20/12/2016 Research on New Child Maintenance Service
The Department for Work and Pensions has released new research on the Child Maintenance Service
16/12/2016 New President for the SSA
John Scott QC, a partner at Capital Defence Lawyers, has become the new President of the SSA
15/12/2016 Draft Fatal Accident Inquiries Rules
The Scottish Civil Justice Council is consulting on the draft Fatal Accident Inquiries Rules, which detail how FAIs will work in practice.
13/12/2016 Childhood Abuse Bill – call for evidence
The three-year time limit that prevents childhood abuse survivors from seeking civil damages in court is the focus of a call for evidence.
01/12/2016 Penalty clauses in contracts
The SLC has published a Discussion Paper on the rule against penalty clauses in contracts, raising for consultation purposes the possibilities that the rule be abolished outright, or be completely replaced.
29/11/2016 UK set to ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement
The UK Government has confirmed it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
24/11/2016 EU Commission proposes new approach to business insolvency
The European Commission has published proposals for a new set of European rules on business insolvency
22/11/2016 Fox hunting laws reviewed
A report on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 has been submitted to the Scottish Government by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy.
18/11/2016 Removing time-bar from civil actions against child abuse
Legislation to remove the three-year time limit that prevents childhood abuse survivors from seeking civil damages in court has been published in the Scottish Parliament.
11/11/2016 Movement on cross-border family issues
Late last month the Government announced that it was going to opt in to a European Commission’s proposal to repeal a Regulation used in cross-border family matters.
03/11/2016 Electronic voting in industrial action ballots
The Government has announced that Sir Ken Knight will lead an independent review of electronic voting for industrial action ballots.
01/11/2016 Inquiry into the future world of work
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Select Committee last week launched an inquiry into the future world of work
28/10/2016 Insolvencies in Scotland stabilise
Personal insolvencies in Scotland have remained largely stable for the second quarter of the year, according to the latest figures from Accountant in Bankruptcy.
24/10/2016 Consultation on Tribunals regulations
The Scottish Government is consulting on draft regulations to implement part of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014
06/10/2016 Response to third party rights proposals
The Scottish Government has issued a response welcoming the recommendations in an SLC report on third party rights.
30/09/2016 FOI request handling has improved, says report
A new report has found that most Scottish public authorities appear to be getting better at handling Freedom of Information requests.
27/09/2016 Change in Sitting Dates
The Lord President has published a new Direction that sets out the sitting days for the Court of Session for the Legal Years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.
23/09/2016 Queen’s Counsel appointments
Solicitor advocate Iain McSporran is among thirteen new Queen’s Counsel appointed by Her Majesty the Queen this week.
19/09/2016 Lords inquiry into legislative process
The House of Lords Constitution Committee has issued a call for evidence in respect of a new Inquiry into the legislative process.
15/09/2016 Commission proposes to update EU copyright rules
The EU Commission has set out proposals for the modernisation of copyright.
08/09/2016 Diligence Review Consultation
The AiB is consulting on changes to diligence legislation that were introduced by the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007.
06/09/2016 Welfare powers transferred to Scottish Parliament
A number of new welfare powers have been transferred to the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 2016.
01/09/2016 Increase in workplace discrimination of pregnant women
A report has called for new protections for pregnant women after an increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination in the past ten years.
31/08/2016 Named person orders laid before Parliament
Orders preventing the commencement of the named person provision of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, for now, have been laid before Parliament
24/08/2016 New sanctions for offshore tax evaders
HM Revenue and Customs has set out plans for tough new sanctions for tax evaders.
22/08/2016 Fatal Accident Inquiries Report
The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland last week published a thematic report on Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs).
11/08/2016 New statistics from SCRA
Recently published statistics from the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration reveal a drop in the number of children and young people with Child Protection Orders received in 2015/16
08/08/2016 Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016
The Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) is consulting on draft regulations in advance of the coming into force of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016 on 30th November 2016.
03/08/2016 New Sheriff Principal
The Scottish Government recently announced the appointment of Sheriff Craig Turnbull as Sheriff Principal of the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.
01/08/2016 Number of Scots insolvencies stabilises
Newly released figures from Accountant in Bankruptcy show that the number of personal insolvencies in Scotland has returned to trend
20/07/2016 New Vice President for Sheriff Appeal Court
Sheriff Principal Abercrombie, QC, has been confirmed as the new Vice President to the Sheriff Appeal Court.
18/07/2016 SLC issues report on JQT
The Scottish Law Commission has published a report recommending reform of the Scottish legal principle of jus quaesitum tertio.
14/07/2016 Transfer of new powers
New regulations will begin the transfer of powers to enable the Scottish Parliament to start legislating on social security and employability.
13/07/2016 Stronger protection for transatlantic data flows
The European Commission has adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework that protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States
07/07/2016 More urgent cases for Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has seen an increase in the number of cases in which it sits as a panel of more than five Justices or where parties request the urgent hearing of a case.
05/07/2016 Cross-border family proceedings - proposal
The European Commission has proposed improvements to the EU rules that protect children in the context of cross-border parental responsibility disputes
30/06/2016 People with Significant Control register goes live
The People with Significant Control (PSC) register, which requires companies to declare who owns or controls them to Companies House, is now live.
29/06/2016 Land Reform Act comes into force
The first parts of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act are now in force.
28/06/2016 National Cremation Investigation report
The Scottish Government has published the report from the National Cremation Investigation into circumstances surrounding historic infant cremation practices.
24/06/2016 SLAB appointments
The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs has announced the appointment of Ray Macfarlane as Chair of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB), along with five new board members.
16/06/2016 Changes to the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010
New laws allowing a third party to issue proceedings directly against an insurer, removing the need to restore a dissolved company in order to make a claim, will come into force on 1st August.
14/06/2016 Simple Procedure Rules
The Act of Sederunt (Simple Procedure Rules) 2016, which will replace current small claims procedure for cases with a value of up to £5,000 in the sheriff court, has been laid before Parliament.
07/06/2016 Law Officer appointments
The First Minister last week recommended the appointment of James Wolffe QC and Alison Di Rollo as Scotland’s new law officers.
31/05/2016 New trade secrets Directive
The EU Council has adopted a Directive setting out rules for the protection of trade secrets and confidential information of EU companies.
27/05/2016 IP (Unjustified Threats) Bill
The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill was introduced into Parliament last week by Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), Baroness Neville-Rolfe.
23/05/2016 New powers for the Scottish Parliament
The first law-making powers have transferred from Westminster to Holyrood under the Scotland Act 2016.
17/05/2016 EU Court of Justice launches app
The Court of Justice of the European Union has launched its first app, called CVRIA, for smartphones and tablets.
12/05/2016 Senators appointed to College of Justice
The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of five new Senators to the College of Justice.
10/05/2016 Online processing in civil courts
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has announced that live testing of its new case management system will begin shortly.
04/05/2016 Redress for competition law breaches
The Competition and Markets Authority has published guidance explaining the redress options open to victims of competition law breaches.
03/05/2016 MEPs consider cross-border custody cases
MEPs have called for specialised chambers within EU countries' family courts to ensure that transnational cases are processed faster
28/04/2016 Personal insolvencies at fourteen year low
AiB has released official statistics reporting personal and company insolvencies in Scotland for the fourth quarter of 2015-16
26/04/2016 New Lord Justice Clerk installed
The Right Hon. Lady Dorrian has been installed as the new Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Court of Session.
22/04/2016 Money laundering reforms proposed
Home Secretary Theresa May has released an action plan setting out details of proposals to reform the UK’s anti-money laundering and terrorist finance regime.
08/04/2016 New law to help UK’s rights holders
British creators and other rights holders who license their rights through ‘collective management organisations’ will soon benefit from increased oversight and control of these bodies.
04/04/2016 Summary Sheriffs
Summary Sheriffs began sitting in Scotland’s Sheriff Courts for the first time last week
23/03/2016 Bankruptcy consolidation Bill
Scottish laws on insolvency have been brought together into one piece of legislation for the first time in a generation with the passing of the new Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill 2016 by the Scottish Parliament.
21/03/2016 Discussion paper on defamation law
The Scottish Law Commission has published a discussion paper on defamation law in the wake of changes to the law of England and Wales that took effect in 2013.
16/03/2016 Removing time bar
The Scottish Government has published a draft Bill that removes a barrier on survivors who were abused as children seeking civil damages in court.
10/03/2016 Mental health consultation
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on The Mental Health Act (Scotland) 2015, passed into law by the Scottish Parliament last year.
09/03/2016 Reform of the Posting of Workers Directive
The European Commission has set out a targeted revision of the rules on the posting of workers.
03/03/2016 Consultation on T&Cs
Complicated and extensive Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) that customers face, or all too often choose to ignore, are being reviewed by the UK Government
23/02/2016 SLC prescription Discussion Paper
The Scottish Law Commission has published a Discussion Paper on the law of prescription.
19/02/2016 Annual report on law reform
The SLC has published its Annual Report for 2015, highlighting the progress in law reform over the past year and the events held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Commission.
08/02/2016 First summary sheriffs appointed
Scotland’s first summary sheriffs have been appointed as part of the modernisation of the court system
04/02/2016 Interim report on electoral reform
The UK needs a new legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums, according to an interim report by the UK Law Commissions
29/01/2016 Modernising inheritance law
A Bill to reform succession laws, including the effects of divorce, dissolution or annulment on a will, has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
27/01/2016 Insolvencies down by 11% since 2014
AiB has released official statistics reporting personal and company insolvencies in Scotland for the third quarter of 2015-16.
21/01/2016 Support for Abusive Behaviour Bill
The Justice Committee has published a report supporting the general principles of a Scottish Government Bill that aims to improve how the justice system responds to abusive behaviour.
20/01/2016 Apologies (Scotland) Bill passed
The Scottish Parliament has passed the Apologies (Scotland) Bill, which will remove a legal barrier to individuals and organisations apologising for a mistake.
15/01/2016 Committee support for tenancy reforms
The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has supported the general principles of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill
11/01/2016 Lord Carloway installed as Lord President
The Right Honourable Lord Carloway was installed last week as the new Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session
08/01/2016 Civil Sheriff Appeal Court open
The Civil Sheriff Appeal Court opened this week, hearing civil appeals from sheriff courts. It is the latest step in a major modernisation programme of Scotland’s courts.
05/01/2016 Consultation on domestic abuse offence
The Scottish Government recently launched a consultation to discuss how a specific offence to tackle domestic abuse across Scotland might be taken forward.
17/12/2015 Trademark reform progresses
Updates to make registering trademarks cheaper, quicker and more reliable for firms were approved by the European Parliament this week
14/12/2015 Fatal Accident Inquiry Bill passed
New laws to modernise the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) process have been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
07/12/2015 EU Council adopts reform of General Court
The European Council of Ministers has adopted a regulation that should enable the General Court to face an increasing workload and ensure that legal redress in the EU is guaranteed within a reasonable time.
01/12/2015 Draft Investigatory Powers Bill
The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill has published a call for evidence.
26/11/2015 Draft Simple Procedure Rules
The Scottish Civil Justice Council is consulting on draft rules of court for the new simple procedure, which is due to be implemented in November 2016.
12/11/2015 Call for evidence on bankruptcy legislation
The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has issued a call for views on the recently introduced bankruptcy consolidation Bill.
11/11/2015 Private Tenancies Bill tough on anti-social behaviour
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has reaffirmed that anti-social behaviour is grounds for eviction under the new Private Tenancies Bill.
03/11/2015 Bankruptcy consolidation bill introduced
The new Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill 2016 has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament
28/10/2015 Insolvencies down by a quarter since 2014
New AiB figures show Scottish total personal insolvencies are 25.4% lower than in the same quarter a year ago.
26/10/2015 Unjustified threats on intellectual property rights
The IPO is consulting on the law relating to unjustified threats to sue for infringement of a patent, trademark or design right
14/10/2015 Call for evidence on tenancies
The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee has issued a call for written evidence as it prepares to scrutinise the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.
07/10/2015 2005 Choice of Court Convention in force
The Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements last week entered into force in 28 States
01/10/2015 Consumer Rights Act 2015
Consumers now have extra legal protection when it comes to dealing with faulty goods, including digital content.
23/09/2015 New courts open
The new Criminal Sheriff Appeal Court and Sheriff Personal Injury Court opened their doors yesterday, marking the start of the new legal year and a major change in the Scottish justice system.
21/09/2015 New Enterprise Bill
The Government has published an Enterprise Bill that it says will back business to drive growth, create jobs and ensure economic security for all.
17/09/2015 New Investment Court System
The European Commission has approved a proposal for a new and transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and states – the Investment Court System.
04/09/2015 Collaboration on FAI improvements?
The Justice Committee has called for collaboration between the authors of two separate FAI-related Bills
01/09/2015 Changes to press reporting restrictions in court
Changes to the rules around press identification of children in criminal court cases are now in force.
24/08/2015 Six specialist sheriffs appointed
Six specialist Personal Injury sheriffs have been appointed to the new Sheriff Personal Injury Court
21/08/2015 Competition compensation schemes guidance
New guidance has been published by the Competition and Markets Authority on voluntary redress schemes in competition cases.
14/08/2015 Fall in referrals to the Reporter
There was a 16.9% drop in the number of referrals to the Reporter over the past year, says the SCRA.
10/08/2015 UK launches International Corruption Unit
The UK is stepping-up its work to investigate cases of international corruption affecting developing countries through a new specialist unit.
07/08/2015 Alcohol licence ban removed
A five year ban on holding a personal alcohol licence for people who failed to undertake refresher training has been removed from Scottish law
04/08/2015 Updated unfair contract terms guidance
Businesses are being offered help in complying with consumer law through updated guidance from the CMA on unfair contract terms.
31/07/2015 Appointment of new sheriffs
Solicitor Advocate Chris Dickson and Olga Pasportnikov have been appointed as sheriffs of Grampian, Highland and Islands.
27/07/2015 Late payment proposals
The Government has set out plans for a Small Business Commissioner to help tackle payment disputes and other unfair practices in the UK
22/07/2015 Debt disputes still falling
The number of debt cases being considered by Scottish courts has continued to fall for the fifth year in a row, according to the latest civil justice statistics.
20/07/2015 Penalties for online copyright theft
The UK Government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum sentence for commercial-scale online copyright infringement.
15/07/2015 Trade Union Bill introduced
The Government has introduced the controversial Trade Union Bill, which will reform the UK’s strike laws.
13/07/2015 FCA enforcement investigation referrals
The FCA has updated the criteria and outlined the process it uses when deciding whether to make an enforcement investigation referral
18/06/2015 Succession (Scotland) Bill
The Succession (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament earlier this week.
11/06/2015 EU trademarks reform progresses
The European Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee this week approved a compromise agreement on the reform of the European trademark system.
10/06/2015 Greater protection for patients
New measures to improve patient safety and rights are included in a new Health Bill, published in the Scottish Parliament last week.
05/06/2015 Reminder about rules changes
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has highlighted two Acts of Sederunt that will be coming into force on 22nd September.
02/06/2015 Historical abuse of children in care Inquiry
The Scottish Government announced last week that Susan O’Brien QC will chair the statutory national public Inquiry into historical abuse of children in care.
29/05/2015 Advocate General for Scotland appointed
The UK government has announced that Richard Keen QC has been appointed as the Advocate General for Scotland.
27/05/2015 Sheriff Appeal Court appointments
The Lord President has confirmed the appointment of Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen QC as the President of the new Sheriff Appeal Court and Sheriff Principal Craig Scott QC as Vice President.
19/05/2015 Enterprise Bill commitment
The Government is to bring forward a new Enterprise Bill that will include plans for a new Small Business Conciliation Service to help settle disputes over payment.
15/05/2015 Proposed alcohol legislation – call for views
The Health and Sport Committee is seeking views on proposed legislation aimed at promoting public health and reducing alcohol related offending
13/05/2015 View Supreme Court proceedings
The UK Supreme Court last week launched an on-demand video archive of past hearings
08/05/2015 Community Justice (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Government has published the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill, which will create a new model for community justice in Scotland.
05/05/2015 FAI Bill evidence session
The Justice Committee will today host its first evidence session on the Inquiries Into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill.
01/05/2015 ‘Establishment’ in collective redundancies
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled on the meaning of the term 'establishment' in collective redundancies
21/04/2015 EU money laundering rules progress
New EU rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing were approved by the Council of Ministers this week
17/04/2015 Cross-border recovery of small debts
Plans to improve a simplified procedure for low-value cross-border claims have been backed by MEPs
13/04/2015 Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act
The Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act came into force on 1st April, updating the country's systems of debt advice and debt management.
30/03/2015 Private rented sector reforms
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on reforming private sector tenancy laws, in the hope of removing the fear of eviction and helping tenants to assert their rights.
25/03/2015 Penrose Inquiry Report published
The Penrose Inquiry into how patients were infected with hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS through blood transfusions and other procedures carried out at NHS hospitals, published its final report today.
23/03/2015 Modernising the FAI process
The Scottish Government has published a Bill strengthening the Fatal Accident Inquiry Process in Scotland
18/03/2015 Insolvency proceedings: new EU rules
New EU-wide rules on insolvency proceedings took a step forward this month when the Council of Ministers adopted its position on the draft regulation at first reading.
10/03/2015 New rights for carers
The Scottish Government has published a new Carers Bill, which will enshrine carers’ rights in law for the first time in Scotland.
03/03/2015 Redress in competition cases
The CMA has launched a consultation on draft guidance on its power to approve redress schemes offered in competition cases.
27/02/2015 Court fees consultation
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the level of fees charged by Scottish Courts.
25/02/2015 Legal Writings Bill approved
The Scottish Parliament has approved the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill, which is designed to speed up the process of “getting the deal in writing”
17/02/2015 The Insurance Act 2015
The Insurance Bill received Royal Assent last week, implementing reforms recommended by the Law Commissions of England and Wales and of Scotland
09/02/2015 SLC publishes new Programme
The Scottish Law Commission has published its Ninth Programme of Law Reform, setting out the work it plans to undertake over the next three years.
02/02/2015 The expenses and funding of civil litigation
The Scottish Government is seeking views on its proposals to reform the expenses and funding of civil litigation.
28/01/2015 Court Reform timetable
In a speech this week at the Holyrood Digital Justice Conference, the Lord President set out the timetable for the commencement of provisions of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.
26/01/2015 Concerns over community ‘right-to-buy’ proposals
The 'devil's in the detail', according to a Parliamentary Committee report on the community right to buy proposals.
20/01/2015 Action needed to protect FOI
The Scottish Information Commissioner has warned that immediate steps must be taken to protect FOI rights when outsourcing public services.
19/01/2015 Consultation response on Discipline & Grievance Code
Acas has published a slightly revised draft of its Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures
12/01/2015 Better protection for victims of violence
New EU rules are now in force ensuring that victims of violence will be able to guarantee themselves better protection in any EU Member State.
07/01/2015 Two new sheriffs
The Scottish Government has announced that Gillian Wade QC and Simon Collins QC have both been appointed as floating sheriffs of Tayside, Central and Fife.
17/12/2014 Reform of compulsory purchase?
The Scottish Law Commission has published a Discussion Paper on Compulsory Purchase in Scotland, suggesting that a new statute is required.
15/12/2014 New debt management initiative
New rules will allow small and medium businesses in Scotland to continue to trade while dealing with debts.
10/12/2014 Tax avoidance and unfair tax competition - agreements
The European Council of Ministers this week achieved two breakthrough agreements towards combating corporate tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning.
08/12/2014 Changes to EU insolvency rules
EU Justice Ministers have agreed to modernise insolvency rules to make it easier for businesses to restructure and for creditors to get their money back
02/12/2014 Shared Parental Leave regulations
New Shared Parental Leave regulations are in force, giving parents greater flexibility in how they share the care of their child
28/11/2014 Late payment consultation
New proposals obliging large and listed companies to publish detailed information about their payment practices and performance have been unveiled
18/11/2014 Legal Writings Bill progresses
Legislation that will make it easier and more efficient to complete contracts in Scots law has been supported by the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee.
13/11/2014 Banking market investigation
The CMA has announced the independent members of the group for its investigation into the supply of personal current accounts and of banking services to SMEs.
11/11/2014 Directive on antitrust damages actions
The EU Council of Ministers has formally adopted a Commission proposal for a Directive on antitrust damages actions
05/11/2014 Child maintenance credit rating implications
Government proposals could affect the credit rating of separated parents who fail to contribute financially to the upbringing of their children
04/11/2014 Workplace accident statistics released
The Health and Safety Executive recently released the latest statistics on injury and ill-health in the workplace
30/10/2014 Automatic exchange of tax information
The UK, alongside 50 other countries and jurisdictions from across the globe, has signed a new agreement to allow the automatic exchange of tax information
15/10/2014 Date set for first Same Sex Marriages
The provisions relating to same sex marriage in the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 look set to come into force on 16th December 2014.
13/10/2014 Wilful neglect to be made an offence
Consultation launched on new legal protections against ill-treatment or wilful neglect in the NHS or social care in Scotland.
08/10/2014 Parliament approves Courts Reform Bill
The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill has been approved by the Scottish Parliament. Once in force, the Bill will result in the biggest modernisation of Scotland’s courts in a generation.
06/10/2014 More security for tenants
Plans to give tenants more security of tenure are proposed in a new consultation launched by the Housing Minister Margaret Burgess this week.
01/10/2014 New consumer rights
Consumers will have greater powers to challenge unscrupulous rogue traders and get their money back under new rights that came into force on 1st October.
30/09/2014 Criminalising forced marriage
New legislation is now in force making it a criminal offence to force someone into marriage in Scotland.
26/09/2014 Regulatory changes for second charge mortgages
The FCA has set out plans to bring second charge mortgages under FCA mortgage rules and laid out how it intends to implement the Mortgage Credit Directive.
24/09/2014 EHRC consults on strategic litigation policy
The EHRC is seeking views on its strategic litigation policy, in order to make sure that resources are deployed to maximum impact
18/09/2014 New Scottish Land Court Chairman
Sheriff Roderick John MacLeod QC has been appointed Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and as the President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland.
16/09/2014 Insurance Bill introduced
The Government has introduced the Insurance Bill to Parliament, with the intention of updating the 100 year-old rules governing contracts between businesses and insurers.
10/09/2014 Getting money back from doorstep traders
The Supreme Court this week issued a ruling on the right of consumers to get money back from doorstep traders.
05/09/2014 Pilot right to rent measures
Government plans to require private landlords to check whether prospective tenants are entitled to be in the UK took a step forward this week.
02/09/2014 Shared parental leave eligibility
Couples finding out now that they are expecting a child will be among the first eligible to take advantage of new shared parental leave – which comes into force in April next year.
29/08/2014 Strange compensation offers
Most consumer complaints are resolved with a simple apology and, perhaps, a small offer of compensation. However, some of these compensation offers can be very strange indeed, as a new survey has revealed.
25/08/2014 Consultation on zero hours exclusivity ban
A consultation is underway to help identify and close potential loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts
22/08/2014 Consultation on sanctions for doctors
The GMC is consulting on plans to protect patients, including tougher sanctions and an expectation that doctors will apologise to patients if they have caused them any harm.
11/08/2014 Further changes to child maintenance system
The last of a series of radical changes to the child maintenance system was implemented today
08/08/2014 Protecting human rights in psychiatric hospitals
More must be done to protect the human rights of patients in psychiatric hospitals, according to the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
05/08/2014 Data breaches within the legal profession
The ICO has issued a warning after receiving fifteen recent reports of data breaches involving the legal profession in England and Wales.
17/07/2014 Morbid obesity a disability?
Morbid obesity may amount to a ‘disability’ for the purposes of the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive, according to Advocate General Jääskinen.
14/07/2014 Ruling on income threshold in family migration
The English Court of Appeal has ruled that the income threshold under the new family migration rules is lawful.
09/07/2014 Appointment of new sheriffs
Two solicitor advocates are among six new sheriffs recently appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister.
07/07/2014 All time low in fatal injuries to workers
The number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record, according to the latest statistics from the HSE
02/07/2014 Consultation into FAIs
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals to modernise the law relating to Fatal Accident Inquiries.
30/06/2014 Child Maintenance changes
A new child maintenance system comes into force today alongside the start of a phased closure of cases currently run by the Child Support Agency.
23/06/2014 Mental Health Bill published
Scottish Ministers have published the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill, which will ensure that victims of crime are notified when offenders are released from mental health institution.
20/06/2014 Buildings Bill passes Stage 3
A new law that will allow local councils to recover debts they have incurred when taking on enforcement work on dangerous or defective buildings, has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.
16/06/2014 New EU consumer rights now in force
The new EU Consumer Rights Directive, which is designed to strengthen consumer rights wherever they shop in Europe, is now in force.
12/06/2014 More action on IP crime
A new report has been published looking at the extent of intellectual property crime and the UK's response to it.
04/06/2014 Government responds to Taylor Review
The Scottish Government has confirmed that it accepts, in principle, all the recommendations made by Sheriff Principal Taylor in his review of the expenses and funding of litigation.
28/05/2014 Phase II of court restructuring
Phase II of the court restructuring being carried out by the Scottish Court Service (SCS) is set to begin on 31st May.
23/05/2014 Committee considers marginalisation of fathers
The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee has published a report on Fathers and Parenting, challenging the presumption that ‘parent’ means mother.
19/05/2014 The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill
The Scottish Government has published the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, which aims to tighten access to air weapons in Scotland
15/05/2014 Contract law reform
The Scottish Government has introduced the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill into the Scottish Parliament.
12/05/2014 Committee queries Courts Reform Bill
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has queried key aspects of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which seeks to reform Scottish civil court processes.
05/05/2014 Quotas for public boards?
The Scottish Government is consulting on proposed mandatory quotas to ensure at least 40% of public boards are made up of women.
30/04/2014 New statistics on zero-hours contracts
A new snapshot survey by the ONS has shown that employers are using around 1.4 million employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours.
23/04/2014 Downward trend in personal insolvencies continues
New figures from the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) show that personal insolvencies in Scotland are down again this quarter.
22/04/2014 IP infringement – threats to sue
In a move that will have implications north of the border, the English Law Commission has published a report recommending reforms to intellectual property rules.
09/04/2014 Data Retention Directive invalid
The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a ruling declaring the Data Retention Directive to be invalid.
03/04/2014 New competition authority
The Competition and Markets Authority began work this week as the UK’s primary competition and consumer agency.
31/03/2014 Damage claims for antitrust law
The EU is looking at new rules that will facilitate damage claims by victims of antitrust violations.
28/03/2014 SLC considers third party rights contract rights
The Scottish Law Commission is seeking comments on a number of proposals to update and reform third party contractual rights in Scotland.
24/03/2014 Fall in number of civil sheriff court cases
New statistics have shown a 41% drop in the number of civil disputes in Scottish courts over the last four years
17/03/2014 Tribunal reform progresses
Reform of the Scottish tribunals system took a step forward last week as the Tribunals Bill passed Stage 3 of the Scottish Parliamentary process.
11/03/2014 Consumer ADR consultation
The Government is consulting on plans for an alternative dispute resolution scheme for consumers.
05/03/2014 New regulator for payment systems industry
A new regulator to oversee UK payment systems will be in place by April 2015 and so the Financial Conduct Authority is seeking views on key issues facing the sector
25/02/2014 CMS Employer Self Service launches
The UK Government has launched a service that will make it easier for businesses to deduct child maintenance from employees’ wages.
20/02/2014 Children and Young People Act passed
The Scottish Parliament has passed the Children and Young People Act, which is designed to provide greater support for children and families.
19/02/2014 Civil court reform – call for evidence
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is looking for views on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which will make major changes to the Scottish civil courts system.
13/02/2014 Health and Work Service proposed
The Government has revealed details of its planned new Health and Work Service, which is designed to tackle the problems posed by people on long term sick leave
07/02/2014 Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill published
The Scottish Government has published the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which will introduce major changes to Scotland’s civil courts.
04/02/2014 Same sex marriage Bill passed
The Scottish Parliament has passed the Same Sex Marriage Bill, which will introduce same sex marriage into Scotland for the first time.
29/01/2014 Guide to European data protection law
The Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights have launched a practical guide to European data protection law.
27/01/2014 Forced marriage proposals approved
The Scottish Parliament has approved UK-wide legislation that will make forced marriage a criminal offence in Scotland.
22/01/2014 Intellectual Property Bill moves forward
The Intellectual Property Bill was given its second reading in the House of Commons this week.
20/01/2014 Equality rules implemented EU-wide
EU rules to tackle discrimination have now been implemented by all Member States, according to a new report
13/01/2014 New Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission
The new Chair to the Scottish Law Commission has been appointed: the Hon Lord Pentland will succeed Lady Clark of Calton in the post.
10/01/2014 More to be done on consumer law proposals
A recently published report on the draft Consumer Rights Bill has called on the Government to resolve issues and inconsistencies in the draft.
08/01/2014 New sheriffs appointed
Solicitor Advocate Robert Fife and solicitor Shirley Foran have been appointed as sheriffs of North Strathclyde, according to the Scottish Government.
18/12/2013 New Senators to the College of Justice
The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Sheriff Rita Rae QC and Sarah Wolffe QC as Senators to the College of Justice.
13/12/2013 New Tax Powers Bill
The Scottish Government has published the Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill.
09/12/2013 Progress on recovering cross-border debts
The European Commission has announced progress towards the creation of a Europe-wide preservation order to help with recovering cross-border debts
02/12/2013 Large firm insolvencies fall
The latest Business Insolvency Index from Experian reveals that the number of the UK’s largest companies becoming insolvent halved in October, compared to last year.
25/11/2013 Moves to tackle blacklisting
The Scottish Government has unveiled new guidelines requiring companies seeking public sector contracts to disclose whether they have been involved in blacklisting
20/11/2013 The future of the European Court of Human Rights
The Council of Europe has launched a public consultation on the longer-term future of Europe’s human rights system, based on the European Convention on Human Rights and the European court in Strasbourg.
18/11/2013 Forced marriage – call for evidence
The Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament has issued a call for evidence on certain aspects of a UK Bill dealing with forced marriage.
15/11/2013 Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Legislation to merge the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Tribunals Service into the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service will be brought forward early next year.
14/11/2013 Programme of court closures underway
The Scottish Court Service has confirmed that its programme of restructuring began this month with the last sitting day at Annan Justice of Peace Court.
07/11/2013 Freedom of movement boost for EU workers
Members of the EU Parliamentary Committee on Employment and Social Affairs have agreed on measures that will help EU citizens who want to work in another member state.
05/11/2013 Non-payment of tribunal awards - research
Only 49% of people who were awarded a pay out at an employment tribunal received their payment in full, according to new research.
31/10/2013 Developments relating to non-EU seasonal workers
Non-EU seasonal workers look set to get better working and living conditions, including a minimum wage and proper accommodation, under a new draft law.
28/10/2013 Cameras in court – consultation
The Review Group looking at the policy of recording and broadcasting proceedings in court has launched a consultation on ‘Cameras and live text-based communication in the Scottish courts’.
14/10/2013 Approval for Tribunals Bill
The Scottish Parliamentary Justice Committee has welcomed the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill in its stage one report on the Bill, published today.
11/10/2013 Immigration Bill laid in Parliament
The Home Office has laid the Immigration Bill before Parliament, claiming that it will be fair to those who play by the rules while cracking down on people breaking the law.
04/10/2013 Launch of International Centre for Energy Arbitration
An International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA) was launched in Scotland this week.
30/09/2013 Lord Hodge to be sworn in
Lord Hodge will be sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice tomorrow (1st October), joining the UK’s highest court at the start of its fifth year.
27/09/2013 SLAB advice on counsel appearing without an agent
SLAB has issued advice for solicitors on how it will approach charges made by solicitors for attendance behind counsel in the wake of the recent ruling by the Dean of Faculty
25/09/2013 Scottish Civil Justice Council launches
The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) was officially launched earlier this week.
19/09/2013 Strengthening the competition regime
New measures that will strengthen and streamline the UK’s new competition regime have been outlined by the Competition Minister Jo Swinson.
17/09/2013 Responses to court reform consultation
The Scottish Government has published details of the responses it received to its consultation on Courts Reform, launched in March this year.
06/09/2013 New housing tribunal
The Scottish Government has announced that a new housing tribunal for the private rented sector is to be created, to tackle disputes between landlords and tenants.
03/09/2013 Reform of Protected Trust Deeds
New regulations have been laid in the Scottish Parliament, aimed at improving the transparency of Protected Trust Deeds and addressing the disparity between costs and returns.
28/08/2013 Regulator’s findings on private health care
The Competition Commission has published provisional findings on privately-funded healthcare services
22/08/2013 Mis-sold insurance redress package
The FCA has announced an agreement that should pave the way for redress for customers who were mis-sold particular types of card protection and identity protection policies.
20/08/2013 Research reveals bonus pay gap
New research has again highlighted the gender pay gap in UK companies.
12/08/2013 New CCTV code of practice
CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems are subject to a new code of practice from today.
01/08/2013 Firearms licensing and domestic violence
Individuals with a history of domestic violence should not be permitted to possess a firearm or shotgun, according to newly published Home Office guidance
29/07/2013 Employment tribunal fees now in operation
New rules are now in force, requiring the payment of a fee when lodging a claim in an employment tribunal or to the Employment Appeal Tribunal
25/07/2013 Consultation on reporting restrictions
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has launched a consultation on plans to amend the current rules on reporting restrictions in the Court of Session
18/07/2013 Whistleblowing protections under review
The Government is taking another look at the current whistleblowing laws, to assess whether there is enough support for people to report wrongdoing.
15/07/2013 Corporate transparency proposals
The Business Secretary has published a discussion paper outlining measures to improve corporate transparency and strengthen director disqualification laws.
08/07/2013 New OFT leniency guidance
The OFT has published revised and detailed leniency guidance, aimed at providing a clear and practical framework for leniency applications.
27/06/2013 Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill published
The Scottish Government has published a Bill to allow same sex couples to marry in Scotland.
17/06/2013 Draft Consumer Rights Bill published
The Government has published the draft Consumer Rights Bill, which is intended to enhance consumer rights and make them easier to understand.
12/06/2013 EU principles for collective redress mechanisms
The European Commission has set out a series of common, non-binding principles for collective redress mechanisms in the Member States.
05/06/2013 Insolvencies stay low in April
The positive trend in the business insolvency rate continued in April, according to the latest Business Insolvency Index from Experian.
30/05/2013 Scottish Civil Justice Council appointments
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has announced the appointment of the first members of the Council, which was established on 28th May.
27/05/2013 Forum for adults placed in care as children
Proposals to create a National Confidential Forum have been supported by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.
23/05/2013 EU-wide protection order goes ahead
Victims of violence will soon be able to count on EU-wide protection, after the European Parliament voted to endorse the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide protection order
16/05/2013 Commonwealth Games trading regulations
The Scottish Government is consulting on draft regulations that will ban unauthorised street trading, advertising, ambush marketing and busking during the Games
14/05/2013 Fall in number of repossessions
There were 1,600 fewer repossessions in the first quarter of 2013 than in the first quarter of 2012, says the CML.
09/05/2013 Tribunal reform announced
The Scottish Parliament has published new legislation intended to create a more user-friendly, simplified structure for Scotland’s tribunals.
03/05/2013 Commission Chair Appointed
The Rt Hon Lord Bonomy has agreed to chair an independent Commission looking at the approach to the cremation of infants and the disposal of ashes across Scotland.

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