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October 15, 2023

Scots Law Blog: A Decade of Legal Insights In the heart of Edinburgh almost fifteen years ago, Scots Law Blog was established with the mission of providing a platform for sharing valuable insights into Scottish law. Our commitment to this objective has endured as time has passed. Welcome to our wide collection of Scottish law […]

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Defamation, Home Secretary’s comments and action in the courts 

June 26, 2023

– Zia Akhtar Grays Inn. – Suella Braverman’s remarks about ‘Pakistani men’ need examination against the law of defamation and the defence of Parliamentary privilege.  Abstract In an interview on Sky television on 3 April 2023 the UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman stated that “Pakistan-origin men” were responsible for “grooming white English girls” who were […]

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Clearing the Haze: Understanding the regulation of ingestible CBD products in Scotland

April 14, 2023

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring, non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. Technically, the compound is known as a phytocannabinoid (cannabinoid for short) and, depending on which sources you consult, anywhere from ninety-seven to over one hundred and twenty cannabinoids have been isolated from the Cannabis plant.1 If it’s cannabis, it’s illegal. Right? […]

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ChatGPT, write a poem in the style of Robert Burns about HMRC trying to recover unpaid bounceback loans in a post-pandemic Scotland

January 16, 2023

Following this blog post written with ChatGPT on the biggest issues the legal industry faces in the future recently, ChatGPT was asked to write a poem in the style of Robert Burns about HMRC trying to recover unpaid bounceback loans in a post-pandemic Scotland. In advance of the Bard’s birthday and Burns Night next Wednesday on 25th […]

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New authors for Scots Law Blog wanted – sharing useful Scottish legal insights from leading lawyers and law firms in Scotland

November 13, 2022

When Scots Law Blog was set up in Edinburgh over ten years ago, our mission was to share useful Scottish legal insights. That mission is still the same and we are looking for new authors, particularly leading Scottish lawyers and law firms who want to publish and share useful articles for no fee. Please get […]

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Mark Thorley’s Legal Sector Insights – Trainee Retention in Legal Aid Law Firms in Scotland

April 26, 2022

“Whilst we welcome the Scottish Government scheme to provide 40 legal aid trainees to firms we are concerned about retaining staff in a legal aid firm,” says Mark Thorley, Director of leading Scottish legal aid law firm, Edinburgh based Thorley Stephenson. “Since the launch of Thorley Stephenson, in Edinburgh in 2005, we have employed 20 trainee solicitors. “Thorley Stephenson’s […]

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Prescription in Scotland – A Brief History of Time

March 17, 2021

Prescription has an important role to play in any legal system; it creates an element of certainty for parties that they will not face action after a certain time limit has passed. Prescription gives closure to unresolved legal issues, but time-limits must be sufficient to give parties the choice of taking legal action, and strike […]

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The Road to Consumer Scotland is Paved with Good Intentions

August 9, 2020

By Alison Wainwright of Dipitus – copywriting, editing and proofreading services.  The Scottish Government has recently launched a long-awaited consultation on the remit of the proposed new body Consumer Scotland. Currently the only part of the UK to have dedicated and eponymous consumer bodies is Northern Ireland after the UK-wide National Consumer Council was abolished in 2014.  That Council was branded […]

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Law Society of Scotland publishes regulation and practice changes in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

April 19, 2020

The Law Society of Scotland has published a useful summary of changes in regulation and practice in response to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. You can read these here, which include changes in respect of legal aid, attending court, instructing counsel, making wills and powers of attorney, anti money laundering, financial compliance and […]

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The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act – Does it work?

May 18, 2016

The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012 was introduced by the Scottish Government in a bid to wipe out sectarianism and other football-related offences in Scotland. The Act criminalises behaviour which is threatening, hateful or offensive in any way at a regulated football match, the Act includes behaviour such as offensive singing […]

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