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Lindsey Ogilvie: Relocation, relocation is a highly emotive issue

Relocation cases” concern the situation where a parent wishes to remove a child from the jurisdiction of that child’s habitual residence to settle elsewhere.They are often highly contentious, emotive and deeply distressing for both parents.

Dianne Paterson is a Partner with Russel + Aitken LLP

Dianne Paterson: Millennials who benefit from this wealth likely to be in the minority

What did our grandparents inherit from their parents and how much inherited wealth were their parents able to pass down the line?

Ian Welsh. Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Ian Welsh: We must work together to involve those who need care

Last year’s publication of the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Delivery Plan set out a range of commitments to focus planning and delivery of services on the needs of local communities.


Sophie Pilgrim: We really need to tackle stigma and to redress the imbalance of care

All of a sudden, it is glamorous to campaign for mental health. The young royals have been in the news promoting their charity, Heads Together, with the help of Lady Gaga. Heads Together aims to tackle stigma, raise awareness and provide help for people with mental health challenges.

Donna Reynolds is an Employment Partner with CCW Business Lawyers

Donna Reynolds: Embroiled in a very public David v Goliath battle

THE decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Government Legal Service v Brookes is a reminder that job applicants are as protected against unlawful discrimination as employees.

Derek McCulloch is Head of Energy, Land & Infrastructure at Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Derek McCulloch: Power up for grabs in a range of forms

Brexit means change is coming in almost every sector of the UK and Scottish economy. Powers and responsibilities that are currently the purview of the European Union and which have fostered greater collaboration and interconnection across borders will be returned to these shores and it will be up to government in both Scotland and the UK to ensure their continued growth and evolution once we have left the EU.

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Jonathan Bond is Director of HR and Learning at Pinsent Masons

Jonathan Bond: Legal firm broke the mould and stood up for the age of diversity

PINSENT Masons first made an appearance in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index in 2007, the first law firm to do so.

James McMillan is an associate in the fraud, investigations & business crime practice, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.

James McMillan: Criminal Finance Act comes with lots of teeth

THE Criminal Finances Act 2017, which came into force on 27 April, introduced a new corporate offence of failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion. It provides investigators with a powerful tax evasion device including unlimited fines, but will it come at a cost to Scotland’s key exporting industries?

Kirsten Coetzee is a Trade Mark Attorney (UK and European) for Marks & Clerk LLP.

Kirsten Coetzee: IP could be your single most valuable asset

Registered trade marks and logos can provide extra value, says Kirsten Coetzee

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Laura Anderson is an employment solicitor at HBJ Gateley

Laura Anderson: Caution over use of social media in office must find balance

Having a staff social media policy is key for businesses, says Laura Anderson

Catriona Torrance is a Solicitor in the Private Client Team at Balfour+Manson

Catriona Torrance: ‘Sandwich’ generation need not be indigestible

Power of attorney and putting a professional into the mix will ease the pressure on families, says Catriona Torrance

Alexander Frickleton obituary

Obituary: Alexander Frickleton, Commando and remedial gymnast

Alexander Frickleton, Commando and remedial gymnast. Born: 16 January, 1919 in Slammanan, near Falkirk. Died: 21 March, 2017 in Ontario, Canada, aged 98.

John Sturrock is Chief Executive and Senior Mediator with Core Solutions Group

John Sturrock: Fight or flight deeply rooted in our ways

I recently attended the annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution conference. Several themes emerged as critical for modern lawyers. Here’s a top ten.

Man laying loft insulation to make the home more energy efficient

There’s still time for Scotland to deliver the zero carbon future we need to have

On 3 April, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with the Governor of California – the world’s sixth-largest economy – to sign an agreement that strengthens clean energy ties and mutual resolve to deliver strong climate action in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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Alastair Keatinge is Partner and Head of Charities at Lindsays

Charities must get care provision under control

Funding pressures in social care are taking charities into territory littered with pitfalls and challenges alike. Not only are they are under pressure from council funding cuts, they face rising wage costs and growing demand for services.

Catriona Morrice is Development Manager for JDRF in Scotland

Catriona Morrice: Scotland could lead field in drive to cure type 1 diabetes

Scotland is a hotbed of bioscience. And it could win the international race to cure a life-threatening condition – if only we make the most of what we have.

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Banning off-sales promotions which encouraged people to bulk buy alcohol was a start, but the sheer availability of alcohol must be challenged and licensing boards must have better guidelines. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL.

Alison Douglas: More needs to be done to curb booze problem

The Scottish Government is expected to publish its ­alcohol strategy ‘refresh’ in the summer, eight years since the last strategy – Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action.

Voters at  Liberton Kirk Halls Polling Station and Gilmerton Community Centre

Coming councils must put needs of social enterprises at the forefront

On Thursday 4 May voters will go to the polls for Scotland’s local authority elections. While there may be a sense of election/referendum fatigue, the election is vital in terms of public services and for the quality of life in our streets and neighbourhoods.

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Derek Halden, CILT Scottish Committee

Derek Halden: Development must link to transport

The Scottish Government has been consulting on what it calls an ‘infrastructure first approach’ for the planning system. It makes sense for new homes, offices and shops to be built where there is spare capacity in the transport system, to make the best use of existing infrastructure.

Douglas McLachlan is a partner, Anderson Strathern, and specialises in intellectual property law.

Douglas McLachlan: Pomegranate pipped at the post in advert wars

As budget supermarkets Lidl and Aldi continue their offensive against the UK ‘Big Four’ for increased market share, competition among supermarket retailers is fiercer than ever. In recent years, the main players have sought to expand ‘own-brand’ product ranges and develop luxury lines to sell alongside their traditional budget offering. Worryingly for non-supermarket brands, it is becoming increasingly commonplace for own-brands to mimic ‘big ticket’ branded products.

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