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Legal Review: Challenging times for renewable energy firms

The renewable energy market in Scotland is in transition as projects started under the last subsidy regime are completed. The end of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme by the UK Government has had a major impact, according to Andy Macfarlane, partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie.

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Legal Review: A land of opportunity

Legal Review: A land of opportunity

Anna Dove reports on a buoyant year in Scotland’s commercial property market

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Legal Review: Protection of intellectual properties is key

Legal Review: Protection of intellectual properties is key

Fiona Laing finds it is not only the high-tech sector that needs to use patents and trade marks

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Commercial Property: Inverness prison plan takes step forward

Commercial Property: Inverness prison plan takes step forward

Planning permission in principle (PPP) has been agreed for the first new prison in the north of Scotland for more than a century.

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Household names are losing out to copycat designs, but they can fight for their rights

Copycat designs coast on the sales of a household name

The sad case of an animal-themed suitcase provides an object lesson in how to avoid design infringement.

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Chairman Ian Murgitroyd hailed the firm's long-term prospects. Picture: Peter Devlin

Murgitroyd returning to growth after earnings decline

Glasgow-based patent and trademark attorney Murgitroyd today said it was returning to earnings growth after revealing a drop in annual profits.

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The legislation could increase the incentives to generate compensation claims. Picture: Contributed

New bill could lead to spike in personal injury claims

A new bill being considered could see a big increase in the number of personal injury claims in Scotland, argues insurance lawyer Andrew Lothian of DWF.

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Employers need to take a 'proportionate approach' to monitoring their staff, says Eric Gilligan. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Eric Gilligan: Is your employer allowed to spy on you?

Last year there was significant publicity about a European Court of Human Rights decision whereby the rejection of a claim was widely described as a charter for employers to snoop on their employees at work.

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Marika Franceschi joins MacRoberts from Shoosmiths. Picture: Contributed

MacRoberts bolsters family law team with new partner

MacRoberts has appointed Marika Franceschi as a partner amid the commercial law firm’s plans to grow its private client and family law practices.

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Murgitroyd chief operations officer Gordon Stark, left, with head of UK business development Kevin Toner. Picture: Business Wire

Former referee signs for Glasgow patent firm Murgitroyd

Murgitroyd, the Glasgow-based firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, has appointed a former football referee to head up its UK business development team.

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Child law expert John Fotheringham. Picture: Contributed

Morton Fraser expands family law and litigation teams

One of Scotland’s foremost child support legal experts has joined Morton Fraser as a consultant.

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Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell. Picture: PA Wire

Martyn Shaw: Pensions watchdog bares teeth at ex-BHS owner

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has confirmed that it is to prosecute Dominic Chappell for failing to provide information and documents during its investigation into the sale of BHS.

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'We don't want to end up as a 'north-shoring' operation,' said Burness Paull chairman Philip Rodney. Picture: Greg Macvean

Burness Paull confident of growth as independent law firm

Heavyweight law firm Burness Paull is confident of growth ahead despite today reporting a relatively flat financial performance in its latest year.

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Support for Nicola Sturgeons party has dropped by 4.5 per cent on the constituency vote Picture: Ian Rutherford

Andrew Henderson: Don’t fall foul of new lobbying law

Next year the Scottish Parliament will enter its 20th year of operation since being reconvened back in 1999, following an extended break of almost three centuries.

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From left: Blackadders' Louise Abercrombie, Jane Millar and Scott Williamson with Gemma Copestick of Step. Picture: Alan Richardson

Law practice Blackadders goes forth with accolade

Blackadders has become one of the first legal firms in Scotland to pick-up a prestigious accreditation for its work in family inheritance and succession planning.

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Brodies managing partner Bill Drummond. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Legal heavyweight Brodies cheers seven years of growth

Brodies, the Scottish legal heavyweight, has emerged from a “very busy and at times quite dramatic year” to report its seventh consecutive period of revenue and profit growth.

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Morton Fraser chief Chris Harte said the law firm had acted for many overseas investors capitalising on the pound's weakness. Picture: Contributed

Brexit vote boosts income at law firm Morton Fraser

Law firm Morton Fraser today announced a year-on-year jump in revenues, pointing to “several positive outcomes” from the Brexit vote.

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Maclay Murray & Spens chief Kenneth Shand, left, with Dentons' Jeremy Cohen. Picture: Contributed

Maclay Murray & Spens name to disappear in Dentons tie-up

Scots commercial law firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS) is to merge with Dentons, the world’s largest law firm as measured by number of lawyers.

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Paul Noble says anyone who has benefited from an EBT 'should take appropriate advice on their affairs'. Picture: Contributed

Paul Noble: Putting Employee Benefit Trusts in the spotlight

There may never be an outright winner in the ongoing debate of whether Rangers are rightful winners of championships won during the years that the infamous Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme was in operation.

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Is Chris Evans worth four times as much as Claudia Winkleman? Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Deborah Miller: BBC salaries shine spotlight on gender pay

The BBC’s annual report and accounts made for some interesting reading; not least because of the gender pay gap they revealed.

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