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.

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.

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.

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.


Scotsman Legal Review: Law Society of Scotland

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

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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