Lesley MacLeod: Don’t bet the house on faults being fixed quickly

Would you buy a car from a dodgy dealer – or even an upstanding member of ­Scottish society advertising in the ­Scotsman? What would you reasonably expect when forking out for such a big-ticket item? Complete log book? A look under the bonnet? A chance to kick the tyres? A test drive, perhaps?

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Cosmetic chain Lush has come under fire for its latest advertising campaign

Lush faces backlash over ‘distasteful’ Paid to Lie ad campaign

Cosmetics retailer Lush has been heavily criticised after it launched a new advertising campaign calling for justice for those spied on by undercover police officers.

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Giving young people the skills to move into work, training or education will help keep them out of the criminal justice system.

Amelia Morgan: We must recognise that people can change – not just lock them up in jail

Most of us would ­consider prevention and ­rehabilitation as ­fundamental to creating safer ­communities in Scotland and ­tackling the harm caused by crime.

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When young athletes burst into the public eye, they have an opportunity to capitalise on their hard work. Picture: Shutterstock

Scottish sporting starlets need a lesson in law from Usain Bolt

Gold medals are only part of the equation for young sports stars. Rosemary Gallagher finds out what they should think about in legal terms

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Firms urged to act now to protect trade marks post-Brexit

As Brexit throws doubts over the future of European trade mark and design registrations presently covering the UK, businesses are being urged to take steps now to protect themselves.

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Scottish courts claims process goes under the microscope

Philip Knight reflects on how small claims are handled 16 months since the rules changed.

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Missing Scots tourist Liam Colgan

Pubs stage week-long fundraiser to find missing Scot Liam Colgan

The brother of Liam Colgan has praised the support of pubs who are staging a weekend-long event to raise funds for his search.

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham wants to fine drivers who go 1mph over the speed limit

Leading cop slams proposal to fine drivers who go 1mph over speed limit

A leading police officer has criticised proposals to penalise drivers who break the speed limit by 1mph, saying it is “out of touch” and will alienate motorists.

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Graeme Watson is a Partner at Clyde & Co

Graeme Watson: If you hold people’s data, keep it safe, or it could cost you a packet

BBC News recently ­highlighted a stark ­example of a failure to protect sensitive data. The DVLA sent a letter about a driving licence to “multiple sclerosis Caron Garrod”. Ms Garrod was justifiably offended by the insensitive title and horrified that her medical condition had been divulged through the postal system.

The small case that ended up in the big court

How one little case led to a massive court row

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

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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