Publication: Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

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Guidelines, not new law, needed on social media abuse, peers say

News In Focus TodayExisting legislation is strong enough to support prosecutions for acts such as "revenge porn" or "cyber cullying" committed using social media, a House of Lords committee has concluded.In a report published today, the peers' Communications ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 17 hours ago]
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 13 hours ago - 1 reports

Civil justice centre opens in Aberdeen

News In Focus TodayA new Civil Justice Centre and Commercial Court for Aberdeen was officially opened today by the Lord President of the Court of Session, Lord Gill.The former justice of the peace court building has been converted to create a modern, ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 13 hours ago]
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Irish land excluded from cohabitant death claim, court rules

News In Focus TodayA surviving cohabitant cannot make a claim on their deceased partner's estate based on land owned outside Scotland, appeal judges have ruled.Lady Smith, Lord Drummond Young and Lord McGhie in the Court of Session refused an appeal by ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 13 hours ago]
First reported Jul 28 2014 - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

Rethink employment tribunal fees, Society urges

News In Focus TodayEmployment tribunal fees represent a major barrier to access to justice and should be reconsidered, the Law Society of Scotland claimed today.In a report on the effect of the fees, introduced a year ago, the Society argued that they ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 28 2014]
First reported 17 hours ago - Updated 17 hours ago - 1 reports

Retailers need more clarity over new land tax, Society claims

News In Focus TodayRetailers operating under licence or concession agreements still face questions over whether they will be liable to pay the new land and buildings transaction tax, according to the Law Society of Scotland.In its response to a Scottish ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 17 hours ago]
Entities: Taxes, Retailing, Concession
First reported Jul 28 2014 - Updated Jul 28 2014 - 1 reports

Insider fraud on the rise, survey shows

News In Focus TodayInsider frauds, and frauds committed by younger individuals, are on the rise despite a fall in the total value of recorded fraud cases, according to a report by accounting firm KPMG.KPMG’s latest six-monthly Fraud Barometer states that ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 28 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Human Rights Court finds against Poland in CIA rendition case

News In Focus TodayTwo men who alleged they were tortured by the CIA have won a human rights case against the Polish Government for complicity in their ill-treatment during detention.Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Law Awards finalists highlight diverse profession

News In Focus TodayThirty legal firms and teams, or their individual solicitors, have been named as finalists in the 2014 Law Awards of Scotland.This year's contest will see 21 winners, from Sole Practitioner of the Year (Bonaccord Ecosse and TCH Law ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Society argues for consistency in fracking compensation

News In Focus TodayA voluntary compensation scheme for land and homeowners affected by fracking or geothermal energy operations in the UK is acceptable, but should be carefully monitored to ensure it is producing consistent results, according to the Law ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Prisoners lose final appeal on referendum voting rights

News In Focus TodayServing prisoners will not be entitled to vote in the Scottish independence referendum, following a decision by the UK Supreme Court today.Shortly after hearing the appeals by Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, both serving life sentences ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

Individual's charity refused protective expenses order

News In Focus TodayA charity funded and controlled by one individual, the owner of an estate adjoining a loch, who objected to the grant of planning permission for a fish farm on the loch, has been refused a protective expenses order in a petition in ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

Parliament should still review DRIP Act, Society claims

News In Focus TodayThe Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act should still be "subjected to full debate and scrutiny as soon as possible", according to the Law Society of Scotland.In a letter to all Scottish MPs and peers, the Society argues that ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 24 2014]

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...categories: a legal system had to operate as a coherent whole, with different areas of the law integrated with one another, otherwise its rules "would multiply enormously, and its basic intellectual coherence would be largely lost"
Opening the new centre, Lord Gill said: "This new centre forms part of the implementation of the wide-ranging reforms introduced by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill. Aberdeen was an important antecedent to the recommendations of the review of civil courts. It provided the review team with evidence of the success of judicial case management, specialised sheriffs and importantly, the views of the court users and their experience of the system."
Websites should also develop further their ability to monitor the use of their services, and "build on the effectiveness of measures already in place to enable people using social media platforms to protect themselves"
He added: "The relationship between employer and claimant is often imbalanced, and having a system in place which serves both parties effectively is crucial in the interests of fairness. We believe that the introduction of fees has changed that balance to the detriment of access to justice."

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Irish land excluded from cohabitant death claim... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 13 hours ago]
Civil justice centre opens in Aberdeen [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 13 hours ago]
Guidelines, not new law, needed on social media... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 17 hours ago]
Retailers need more clarity over new land tax, ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - 17 hours ago]
Rethink employment tribunal fees, Society urges [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 28 2014]
Insider fraud on the rise, survey shows [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 28 2014]
Society argues for consistency in fracking comp... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 25 2014]
Law Awards finalists highlight diverse profession [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 25 2014]
Human Rights Court finds against Poland in CIA ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 25 2014]
Prisoners lose final appeal on referendum votin... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 24 2014]
Parliament should still review DRIP Act, Societ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 24 2014]
Individual's charity refused protective expense... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 24 2014]
Personal insolvencies below pre-recession level... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 23 2014]
Court confirms internet restrictions in indecen... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 23 2014]
Companies House online charges to be scrapped [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 23 2014]
Who should be regulated and how, and who pays? ... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 23 2014]
Two MPs to challenge DRIP legislation in court [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 23 2014]
Specialist rural law firm opens in Fife [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 22 2014]
Click here for a follow-up comment [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 22 2014]
Bill supports Law Commissions' call for insuran... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 22 2014]
Lady Smith named as President of Scottish Tribu... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 22 2014]
Appointment of new Sheriffs Principal [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 21 2014]
Society unveils ‘Framework for success’ [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 18 2014]
Society to host international debate on indepen... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 18 2014]
Society issues checklist to avoid cyber attacks [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 17 2014]
Lords Committee reports on Data Retention and I... [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 17 2014]
Society produces guidance on law firm internships [Published Journal of the Law Society of Scotland - Jul 15 2014]
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