Elaine McIlroy: Positive step in bridging gender pay gap

From 5 April, businesses with more than 250 employees have a year to publish their gender pay gap. It’s hoped that a public airing of pay disparity will spur the UK’s larger employers into action.

The UK government has vowed to tackle 'shocking' discrimination against mothers. Picture: Craig Stephen

Eric Gilligan: UK workers’ rights on the line

The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

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Public bodies like the NHS will be affected by changes to the regulatory regime post-Brexit. Picture: Greg Macvean

Duncan Osler: How will Brexit affect the public sector?

The EU referendum result in June spawned a host of consequences, and many a discussion about the impact and implications of Brexit.

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Grange's Gregor Mair, left, shakes hands on the deal with Scott Rasmusen of Gibson Kerr. Picture: Contributed

Law firm Gibson Kerr bolsters property team with merger

Edinburgh law firm Gibson Kerr has unveiled its second tie-up in just three months as it bolsters its residential and commercial property services in the capital.

Murgitroyd's profits fell despite a record number of filings for the European Patent Office. Picture: Contributed

Patent firm Murgitroyd upbeat despite slide in profits

Murgitroyd, the Glasgow-based firm of patent and trademark attorneys, today expressed confidence in its long-term growth prospects after revealing that its half-year profits have plunged by almost a third.

The City reacted negatively to Murgitroyd's profit warning. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Shares in Murgitroyd slump following profit alert

Murgitroyd, the Glasgow-based firm of patent attorneys, saw its shares slump by almost a fifth today after warning that its full-year results will fall short of City hopes.

MacRoberts partner Katy Wedderburn examines the legal issues facing employers in the year ahead. Picture: Contributed

Katy Wedderburn: The year ahead for employment law

Brexit, Trump and celebrity deaths stole the headlines in 2016, and while perhaps not as newsworthy, it was also a busy year in the employment law arena. So what does 2017 hold?

Colin Graham says the Thorntons chairman role comes at 'absolutely the right time'. Picture: Greg Macvean

Monday interview: Thorntons Solicitors chairman Colin Graham

Thorntons chairman’s destiny to return to City of Discovery as firm looks to build on deals

MacRoberts partner Katy Wedderburn says any attempts to erode employee rights are 'likely to gain little public support'. Picture: Contributed

Katy Wedderburn: How will Brexit affect employment law?

More than six months has now passed since the UK took the decision to leave the European Union (EU).

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Managing partner Murray McCall says Anderson Strathern is in talks to boost its diversity and geographic footprint. Picture: Jane Barlow

Murray McCall: Legal mergers remain an opportunity

The Scottish legal sector has been awash with merger activity, actual and rumoured, over the last few weeks.

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Julie Hamilton urges caution when supervising children on your property. Picture: Contributed

Julie Hamilton: Occupiers’ liability and child safety

With parents’ demanding, varied and ever-changing work schedules, the need for alternative child care arrangements is on the rise, with many parents becoming reliant upon childminders, family and friends now more than ever.

ASAM chief John Brett, left, with senior private wealth manager Shane Presley. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Anderson Strathern assets boss aims for ‘top spot’

The new chief executive of law firm Anderson Strathern’s wealth management arm is looking to secure more senior hires next year as he targets a “top spot in the Scottish market”.

MBM Veritas will hold a seminar next week for firms affected by RBS's GRG arm. Picture: John Devlin

New fight for Scots firms hit by RBS restructuring unit

A new company has been formed to fight for hundreds of small firms that passed through Royal Bank of Scotland’s controversial Global Restructuring Group (GRG) in the aftermath of the financial crash.

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Chris McDowall HR partner and employment lawyer, Anderson Strathern

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Employers and employees are key players in a responsible business

In partnership with Anderson Strathern.

David Morgan, left, David Duke, centre, and Peter Lawson reflect on the relationship between social enterprises and corporate business in Scotland. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Top law firm’s tie-up with social enterprise works both ways

In partnership with Burness Paull.

Catriona Munro says the new rules are expected to bring more claims for competition damages. Picture: Contributed

Catriona Munro: New rules let small firms sue cartels

Cartels and anti-competitive behaviour harm the economy and competition authorities have long been trying to stamp them out but, until recently, consumers and small businesses who lost out from unfair practices had little chance of claiming redress.

Katie Williams is the new head of Pinsent Masons' Aberdeen office. Picture: Simon Price

First female head for law firm Pinsent Masons in Aberdeen

Pinsent Masons has announced that employment law specialist Katie Williams is set to become the first female in the legal firm’s history to head up its Aberdeen office.

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 chief Stephen Gibb said Aberdeen remains a 'cornerstone' of the Scottish economy. Picture: Contributed

Shepherd & Wedderburn acquires Aberdeen law firm CLP

Law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn is expanding its presence in Aberdeen with the acquisition of the city’s Commercial Law Practice (CLP).

Chris Gotts, partner and head of corporate finance at Burness Paull. Picture: Contributed

Burness Paull hails strong deal-making activity

Law firm Burness Paull said confidence in the deal-making community was strong after completing close to 50 agreements in the past quarter.

Alison Graham joins commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers as head of marketing and business development. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers has hired Alison Graham as its new head of marketing and business development.

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