Monthly Archives: October 2008

Tartan Bill passes

The Scottish Register of Tartans Bill completed its progress through the Scottish Parliament on 9 October 2008. The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent before the end of the year, and the Register will come into existence in 2009.  … Continue reading

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Scotland’s ex-Sir Humphrey for Judicial Appointments Board

On 6th October 2008 it was announced that Sir Muir Russell, Principal of Glasgow University and former Permanent Secretary in the Scottish Executive had been appointed as the chairman of the Judicial Appointments Board.  The appointment is for 3 years. … Continue reading

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New Law Society Chief Exec a woman C.A.

On 3 October 2008 the Law Society of Scotland announced that its next Chief Executive would be Lorna Jack, who will take over from current incumbent Douglas Mill on 5 January 2009.  Where Douglas Mill and other previous incumbents of … Continue reading

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Scottish Legal Complaints Commission open for business

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, set up under the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007, opened its doors at The Stamp Office, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, on 1 October 2008. All complaints against legal practitioners must now be … Continue reading

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Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill passed

The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament at Stage 3 on 25th September 2008.   In the final debate on the bill, Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, summarised the import of the bill as follows, “The Government is … Continue reading

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No room at the jail

George Munce from Auchterarder is a fraudster who claimed almost £10,000 of income support through claiming to be single.  On 25th September 2008 Sheriff Lindsay Foulis (previously in Scots Law News here) sentenced Munce to 240 hours community service but … Continue reading

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Good faith negotiations and pre-contractual liability?

Aisling Developments Ltd v Persimmon Homes Ltd [2008] CSOH 140, issued 24 September 2008, is another case where the arguments focused on contract when perhaps they might have been better targeted on pre-contractual liability. The facts were as follows.  Aisling … Continue reading

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Lord Justice-Clerk Macdonald’s number plate

The late Lord Justice-Clerk Macdonald, who held office from 1888 to 1915, came back into the news in September 2008, not for his contribution to Scots law, but as the former owner of the first car registration plate in Edinburgh, … Continue reading

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Mixed doubles, anyone?

Climate change in the structures of the Scottish legal profession continued with the 18 September 2008 announcement by the Faculty of Advocates that “mixed doubles” – advocates appearing in court with solicitor advocates – will be allowed with effect from … Continue reading

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Professor John Usher 1945-2008

Professor John Usher, Salvesen Professor of European Institutions in the Edinburgh Law School 1995-2004, died in Exeter of leukemia on 13 September 2008.  He was 63 and on the brink of retirement from the Exeter Law School, where he had … Continue reading

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