Gordon Jackson QC MSP, against whom an important professional negligence claim has been laid (see No 368), has himself lost a negligence action against Edinburgh City Council in respect of a slip on untreated ice in the city’s Johnston Terrace in December 1999 and a resultant shoulder injury.  In an opinion issued on 4 November 2004, Temporary Judge Gordon Reid QC ruled that Jackson’s claim should be dismissed as irrelevant, saying that Johnston Terrace was not gritted sooner than it was because of the council’s policy of giving certain areas priority over other areas, a matter for the exercise of the Council’s discretion, which had not been challenged.  The opinion is available on the Scottish Courts website: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/A2269.html