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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.
An estimated 50,000 - 60,000 personal licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) require to be renewed no later than 31 August next year. That deadline may seem comfortably far away. But licensing lawyers, trainers and Licensing Board clerks are already predicting a meltdown that could lead to business closures throughout the country.
The GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018, but continues to raise tricky questions about what amounts to personal data and when this can be used. In this blog, we look at the GDPR implications for employers on processing next of kin or emergency cont
On 13th June 2018, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the appeal of   Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith determining that a plumbing and heating engineer who worked under a contract describing him as a self-employed operative wa
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The Scottish Government has published new legislation that it says will create a clearer, fairer and more credible way of setting of the personal injury discount rate for damages claims. 
It is generally considered that in cases of misconduct, an employer can only dismiss without prior warnings where there has been a finding of gross misconduct. However, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently made a decision indicating that this is not necessarily so, and ‘serious’ misconduct may also result in dismissal without warning depending on the circumstances of the case. 
If you’re hit by an uninsured or untraceable driver, it can be difficult to know what to do next. The process for dealing with the aftermath of this type of accident isn’t always clear and it’s often necessary to seek guidance. Here, we take a look a
All licensed premises in Scotland must operate in terms of their Premises Licence and in accordance with the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 but, in our experience, it isn’t uncommon for issues to crop up. Breaches of licence conditions can result in a
It’s a common misconception that on the death of a spouse/civil partner the surviving spouse or civil partner inherits the entirety of their estate, unless they have a Will that is to the contrary. However, the reality is that distributing the estate of someone who has died without a Will is not straightforward.
The Scottish Law Commission has launched a consultation on possible reforms to Section 53 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003. 
On 17 th May 2018, The Government Equalities Office (“GEO”) published its guidance on how employers can ensure dress codes are not discriminatory . In December 2015, Nicola Thorp, a receptionist working on assignment at PwC was sent home after she re
With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Russia, football fans will have their eye on the ball, despite Scotland’s absence. But it’s not just the players who need to warm up, as UK business needs to tackle the tournament challenge head-on, with t