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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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Anderson Strathern's Colin Henderson with Sarah Thurston, left, and Susie Stewart, who have recently been promoted at the law firm. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Anderson Strathern eyeing more bolt-on legal deals

Law firm Anderson Strathern today said it was on the hunt for more takeover opportunities, having recently bagged a brace of deals.

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MacRoberts partner Deborah Miller says the Uber ruling could have far-reaching implications for the 'gig economy'. Picture: Contributed

Deborah Miller: Uber ruling won’t stop the meter

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that two Uber drivers are “workers” within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

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The full impact of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act is still unfolding in rural Scotland. Picture: Shutterstock

Scotsman Legal Review: A year of change

New legislation across the board combined with the referendum on EU membership in June certainly made for an exciting 12 months for Scotland’s lawyers.

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Scotsman Legal Review: Intellectual Property

Scotsman Legal Review: Intellectual Property

In the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, Scotland is celebrating its most exciting entrepreneurs and businesses.

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Scotsman Legal Review: Law Society of Scotland

Progress is being made on equality and diversity in the legal profession.

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Scotsman Legal Review: Family Law

Scotsman Legal Review: Family Law

Relationships are always a gamble, which is why law firms are seeing more couples turning to them for advice on prenuptial and, increasingly, cohabitation agreements.

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Maison Bleue at Home in Edinburgh promises to feed the homeless once a week and contribute its profits to charity. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scotsman Legal Review: Charity Law

April this year marked a decade since the foundation of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), while July saw the introduction of the targeted fundraising regulation in Scotland, which aims to restore public trust and confidence in the third sector and make it easier for charities to raise funds.

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Wind farms - both offshore and onshore - continue to keep litigators busy. Picture: Shutterstock

Scotsman Legal Review: Litigation and alternative dispute resolution

Work for litigators, arbitrators and mediators rolls in.

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Legalesign's software enables contracts that need a witness to be completed online. Picture: Contributed

Writing’s on the wall for signatures, says legal tech firm

A software start-up formed at the University of Edinburgh’s technology incubator has claimed its new product will spell the end of the “arduous” process of signing contracts by hand.

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Victims of tape and mesh implants took their case to the Scottish Parliament in 2014. Picture: Jane Barlow

Scotsman Legal Review: Medical Negligence

Medical negligence specialists remain busy with the 300 or so transvaginal mesh implant cases which are currently going through the Scottish courts.

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Scotsman Legal Review: Employment Law

Scotsman Legal Review: Employment Law

Holiday pay, zero-hour contracts, strike legislation and the minimum wage have been top of the agenda.

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The acquisition of Standard Life's Edinburgh headquarters was the largest investment deal in Scotland last year. Picture: Neil Hanna

Scotsman Legal Review: Real Estate

Foreign capital boosts the commercial property sector.

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A community bid for the former Portobello Parish Church has been given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.  Picture: Greg Macvean

Scotsman Legal Review: Land & rural business

The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed, as expected, by the Scottish Government on 16 March, marking the end of what many people have referred to as the land reform “journey”.

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The impact of the Energy Act on North Sea drilling will take time to emerge.

Scotsman Legal Review: Energy

The renewables and oil and gas sectors are having to deal with changed priorities.

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Leonard Russell, right,  of Ian Macleod Distillers and Alex Nicol of Spencerfield Spirit Company.

Scotsman Legal Review: Corporate M&A

Sterling’s fall and EU vote fail to dampen appetite.

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