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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: In this photo illustration a disposable coffee cup sits on a wall on January 05, 2018 in Manchester, England. Some members of the UK Parliament are calling for a 25p levy on all disposable coffee cups to drive consumers to the re-usable variety and to fund the costs of recycling. (Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Catherine Gee: Charges for single-use cups a move in sustainable circular direction

The vision of a circular economy represents a clear alternative to our present ways of making use of our planet’s resources. While in Scotland today there continues to be a large amount of waste inherent to some of our most common production and consumption habits, a fully circular economy is one in which there is no waste: the economy runs entirely on materials which are sustainable and reusable.

Laura Rennie is a solicitor in the private client and charities team at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Laura Rennie: Millennials more optimistic about their charitable impact

The dawn of a new decade is an appropriate time to reflect on our individual impact on an increasingly complex world. There is a growing appetite for social change, reflected in changing attitudes towards charitable giving, a strong desire for philanthropy and a more collaborative approach between donor and beneficiary. Essentially, people want to know and do more to make a positive impact on society.

Balfour+Manson's new management team (L-R) Alan Gilfillan, Ann Logan and Robert Holland.

Resolving to be the best we possibly can be

Have you broken your new year resolutions yet – or are you determined that you will at least make it through, alcohol-free, to the end of Dry January? Or perhaps you are equally focused not to be tempted by that delicious cheese in the fridge and complete Veganuary successfully?

Rachel Henry is a Partner in Scotland with BLM.

Rachel Henry and Alistair Kinley: Fraudulent and dishonest claims getting off Scot-free

One basic principle of personal injury compensation is the same throughout the UK. Whether a personal injury claim proceeds under the Scots law of delict or the law of tort in the rest of the UK, the injured person should be restored by the wrongdoer, so far as an award of money may allow, to the position that they would have been in had the accident not happened. This is the so-called ‘principle of 100 per cent compensation’, sometimes rendered in Latin as restitutio in integrum. There are several significant practical differences between Scotland and England & Wales in how this principle operates in practice. This article focuses on two.

Stephen Phillips, Partner and member of the Brexit Group at CMS

Stephen Phillips: ‘Get Brexit Done’ is simply, and only, a slogan, not a plan

The Tory general election mantra to “Get Brexit Done” was clear and simple but what does it actually mean for Scottish businesses? Since winning their majority, the Conservatives have reiterated the UK will cease to be an EU member by 31 January and will operate outside Single Market regulation as quickly as possible, with any future UK/EU trade deal needing to be in place by the end of 2020.

Angela Grahame, QC, is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Advocates

Angela Grahame: This year promises much for the legal profession

With the last echoes of the bells drifting into the distance, 2020 is firmly with us and it is time to get down to work. That might sound as though it is just another change of the calendar, but, for Scotland’s legal profession, this has the promise to be very much a year to remember.

James Lloyd is a Partner with Harper Macleod

A Supreme change to alienation law? – James Lloyd

On 4 December, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgement in the case of MacDonald & Another as Liquidators of Grampian Maclennan’s Distribution Services Limited v Carnbroe Estates Limited. The judgment reframes the remedies available to the court when there has been a transfer of an asset at undervalue prior to an insolvency.

Thomas Mitchell is a Solicitor at Motorcycle Law Scotland

Thomas Mitchell: Needed protections for most vulnerable

Horse riders, pedestrians, cyclists and motor-cyclists are categorised as vulnerable road users. In road traffic collisions, the question of who is to blame is not always obvious. Quite often, there is fault on both sides and courts have developed methods for apportioning blame when it comes to assessing contributory negligence. In short, contributory negligence is a defence to a damages claim based on negligence. The defence can have the effect of barring any recovery by a pursuer if they contribute entirely to their own injury through their negligence.

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