Monthly Archives: July 2008

Tommy Sheridan to learn law at Strathclyde

Scottish Legal News for 14 July 2008 carries the story that Tommy Sheridan is to start a law degree at Strathclyde Law School. Readers of Scots Law News will recall that in his famous defamation case against the News of … Continue reading

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Gail Sheridan cleared

There was slightly better news for the Sheridan family on 10 July 2008 when Gail Sheridan was cleared by her employers of the accusation of theft made last February. Mrs Sheridan, who is a cabin crew member in British Airways, … Continue reading

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Pleural plaques in England & Wales

England & Wales Minister of Justice Bridget Prentice made the following statement in Parliament on 9 July 2008: The government has today published a consultation paper: 'Pleural plaques'. The consultation paper considers what the most appropriate way of supporting people … Continue reading

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Data protection wins out over FoI

The House of Lords has unanimously reversed the decision of the First Division in Common Services Agency v Scottish Information Commissioner [2008] UKHL 47. More comment here later once Scots Law News has digested the lengthy opinions of Lords Hope … Continue reading

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Pleural plaque bill criticised by insurers

The Scotsman for 7 July 2008 contained an article by Nick Starling of the Association of British Insurers criticising the Scottish Government's Damages (Asbestosis Related Conditions) Bill, launched last month. The Bill provides for compensation to be payable to persons … Continue reading

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Fit like? Aberdeen police claim historical priority

Responding to our item about elderly police forces, Graeme Brown has stated the case for the seniority of Aberdeen's boys in blue.  In Graeme's own words – Dear Professor MacQueen, It was with interest that I read the most recent post … Continue reading

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Gonnae nae dae that? Glesca polis see off Metropolitan untruths

The Advertising Standards Authority has rebuked the Metropolitan Police for untruthful advertising and upheld the claim of the Glasgow force to be the oldest police service in Britain (if not the world). The Met had advertised for royal protection officers, … Continue reading

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Passed off in the Royal Mile?

The not always straightforward business of flogging Scottish merchandise in Edinburgh's High Street was further complicated when Gold Brothers, leading traders in the field, were interdicted ad interim from commercial dealing in woollen scarves made to "Skye Isles" tartan designs … Continue reading

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Annan Athletic replace Gretna in Scottish football league

To the delight of at least one of the Scots Law News team, Annan Athletic FC won the competition to be the team to replace the late lamented Gretna FC in the Scottish Football League on 3 July 2008. Annan … Continue reading

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Sergeant Eros update

Stuart Kennedy, who earned what seemed likely to be temporary notoriety when cleared in April 2008 of carrying an offensive weapon in public by wielding a police truncheon in the course of his "police stripogram" act, has since been charged with … Continue reading

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