Monthly Archives: October 2009

Megrahi: latest developments

Several items of interest on the Megrahi case emerged in the course of October 2009. Taking the developments in reverse chronological order: On 25 October 2009 it became public that a new police investigation into the Lockerbie bombing was under … Continue reading

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Lord Macphail

2009 has already seen a number of grievous losses to the law in Scotland, but on 23 October 2009 another was recorded with the death of Lord Macphail at the age of 71. Iain Macphail had been ill for some … Continue reading

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Busy autumn in Parliament House

A number of interesting decisions have been coming out of the Court of Session since the new term began in September, for example on contract, constructive trusts, and even database rights. This note will not attempt a detailed critique of … Continue reading

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Poetry and art in the UK Supreme Court

It appears from the UK Supreme Court website that the Justices of the court commissioned a poem from former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to mark its opening. The poem goes as follows: Tides tumbled sand through seas long-lost to earth;Sand … Continue reading

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When foreign law isn’t argued, what do you do?

The case of BJZ, Petr [2009] CSOH 136 is an interesting decision by Lady Smith in the law of child abduction, and adds to the jurisprudence on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction as the petitioner is a public authority, the Dutch Youth … Continue reading

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Legal Services Bill: Tesco law for Scotland?

A busy week for the Scottish legal system: on 1 October 2009 the Scottish Government published its Legal Services (Scotland) Bill, which will open up the market for the provision of legal services, in particular by practising along with non-lawyers, … Continue reading

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UK Supreme Court opens; Lord Gill’s report on civil justice

Today, 1 October 2009, sees the opening of the new UK Supreme Court, which follows hard on the heels of the publication of the report of the Scottish Civil Courts Review chaired by Lord Justice Clerk Gill on 30 September. … Continue reading

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