Monthly Archives: December 2010

Goodbye 2010, hi to 2011

Another year over and a new one just begun.  War isn't over but Scots Law News hopes that all its readers have some fun in 2011. Looking through our posts for 2010, we are most struck by the advances of social … Continue reading

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Megrahi update

As 2010 comes to an end, with tales of Mr Megrahi's imminent demise apparently somewhat exaggerated, time for an update on the rush of other stories on the subject that became public during December 2010. (1) Despite a "deadline" of 10 … Continue reading

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Tommy Sheridan found guilty of perjury

Tommy Sheridan was found guilty of perjury at the High Court in Glasgow on 23 December 2010. The jury verdict (a majority one) came at the end of a trial which had begun on 4 October.  Although the trial was … Continue reading

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Bank charges: latest developments

The Scottish Legal Aid Board was reported on 10 December 2010 to have refused to fund a test case on the enforceability of bank charges for unauthorised overdrafts under the Consumer Credit Act 1974, sections 140A-140D. The case is brought … Continue reading

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Liability in the snow

While after the resignation of Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson on 11 December 2010 there can be no doubt of the possible political liabilities flowing from not dealing properly with the consequences of lots of falling snow, there is perhaps … Continue reading

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End of Life Assistance Bill terminated

After a prolonged debate since its introduction by Margo MacDonald MSP in January 2010, the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill was rejected by the Scottish Parliament on 1 December 2010. The Bill's explanatory memorandum summarised it thus: 4. The Bill … Continue reading

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Scotland Bill

The Scotland Bill, implementing (some of) the recommendations of the Calman Report (see previously here), received its first reading in the House of Commons at Westminster on 30 November 2010. The most significant parts of the Bill are probably those … Continue reading

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We’ll go no more a-rambling – at least for the next year or so

The Naked Rambler got a total of 15 months and 26 days' jail for his latest episodes of nudity after picking up further breach of the peace and contempt convictions in Perth Sheriff Court on 24 November 2010. Sheriff Robert … Continue reading

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Supreme Court shakes things up for conveyancers

Having shoogled the criminal lawyers in Cadder, the Supreme Court shook up the orderly world of conveyancing and repossession from defaulting debtors with its judgment in Royal Bank of Scotland v Wilson [2010] UKSC 50, issued on 24 November 2010. RBS … Continue reading

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Cadder as the dust settles

Quite apart from their specific interest as a major decision shaking the Scottish criminal justice system to its roots, the Supreme Court judgments in Cadder v HMA [2010] UKSC 43 contain numerous points worth attention from a more general point of … Continue reading

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