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Duncan Milne: Taped talk can cost jobs and reputations

Covert recordings are topical at the moment. Boris Johnson was recorded with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds in their home under unpleasant circumstances. The debate that followed on Twitter was heated after Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson tweeted that the recording was harassment as it was politically motivated. The Secret Barrister stepped in to tell her it was not illegal and she was (his words, not mine) #lawyered. Covert recordings were also used against Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign in 2016 where he was recorded talking about how easy it was to pick up women with his fame.

Val Pitt is a Senior Associate of Horwich Farrelly in Glasgow.

Val Pitt: Award of damages to injured cyclists does not amount to a test case

Since the installation of the tram tracks in Edinburgh, it has been widely reported that the number of accidents involving cyclists has increased. Lady Wollfe recently decided the first cases to proceed to trial on this issue in Fairley and Lowdean against Edinburgh City Council et al. Damages were awarded to the injured pursuers. Does this now open the way for similar claims?

Jennifer Liddell is a Solicitor with BLM

Jennifer Liddell: The law on civil partnership is set to change across UK

This year, in response to a Supreme Court ruling, Westminster passed the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019. Section 2 of that Act requires the Secretary of State to bring regulations into force by 31 December 2019 to allow different sex couples to form civil partnerships in England and Wales.

Duncan Dunlop, CEO, Who Cares? Scotland, member of the Scottish Children's Services Coalition

Duncan Dunlop: Change is needed when caregivers feel their hands are tied by the ‘system’

In an ideal world, the challenges Care Experienced people face would not exist. Their life-chances would be at least on a par with their peers, and many would not have to rely on independent advocacy and our campaigning to seek immediate solutions to what they experience today. Equally, those working hard to raise children and young people in care with love would not find themselves doing so whilst fighting against the system.

Inga Heyman, lecturer in Edinburgh Napier University's School of Health & Social Care

Public health providers and police services are two sides of the same coin

It is easy to view policing and public health as two very separate entities. Traditionally we can think about police as solving and preventing crime, providing security and law enforcement. Health practitioners are embedded in health promotion, the eradication and management of disease, medical and psychiatric emergencies and delivery of community-based health care.


Rod MacLean: Plan well ahead to pay for your care in later years

Funding care for the elderly has become a significant issue for society with an ageing population. For the individual in need of care and their families, it can sometimes be a very complicated process. As a solicitor, I aim to help families navigate the system as best they can, in what can often be a stressful time.

Euan Bruce is a member of DLA Piper's Employment practice

Euan Bruce: Serious claims mean making the hard decisions

For employers, any allegation of harassment in the workplace risks a significant potential liability for the business and impact on reputation. However, headaches begin well before things get as far as an employment tribunal, with a difficult investigation and grievance/disciplinary process to be navigated first.

Jamie Watt is a partner at Harper Macleod, where he leads the IP&T practice. He works extensively with musicians and remains an active DJ.

Jamie Watt: Music business a fertile area for disputes

Scotland has a rich musical history, through performers such as Alex Harvey, bands such as Simple Minds and the Rezillos, and with labels such as Soma, NMBRS and Zoom, to mention but a few. The value of music to Scotland’s economy is huge, music tourism accounting for close to half a billion pounds to the Scottish economy, and average per head spending on music in Scotland significantly exceeding the UK average.

Don Macleod is a Land & Property Partner with Turcan Connell

Don Macleod: No surprise that forestry investment in Scotland is attracting lots of interest

There is a real buzz about forestry in Scotland right now. Last week, the Scottish Government comfortably achieved its annual planting target of 10,000 hectares. In total, 11,200 hectares were planted, up from 7,100 hectares the year before. Scotland now accounts for 84 per cent of all new UK planting and that percentage is likely to get higher because in the longer term, Scottish planting targets are even more ambitious.

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