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WS Personal Injury Law Conference 2015

The Honourable Lord Jones, Chair of the Scottish Civil Justice Personal Injury Committee, will deliver the keynote speech at the WS Personal Injury Law Conference on 28 May 2015.... more

WS Energy Law Conference 2015

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism will open the WS Energy Law Conference on Thursday 23 April. The conference programme will explore the renewable energy sector's achievements to date and the basis for growth in the future. ... more

WS Corporate Law Conference 2015

This yearís conference programme follows the steps taken on sale of a private limited company. The expert speakers will address the legal and technical aspects, but also offer practical advice based on their experience. ... more

WS Commercial Contracts Conference

In collaboration with the Hastie Stable, the WS Society will host a morning conference on Commercial Contracts on 5 March 2015, chaired by Michael Howlin QC. The conference will delve into the impact of recent decisions of the Supreme Court and Court of Session, in the context of advising parties to Scottish commercial contracts. ... more

WS Charities Conference 2015

Leading London lawyer, Anne-Marie Piper (Head of Charities, Farrer and Co), will deliver the keynote address at the popular WS Charities Conference which returns on 19 February 2015Ö. ... more


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Legal News

New debt law in force

The Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act comes into force today, 1st April, with the aim of balancing the rights of those in debt with the needs of creditors and businesses. ... more

Reforming private tenancy laws

Plans to reform private sector tenancy laws will remove the fear of eviction and help tenants to assert their rights, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said today, as she launched a consultation on the issue. ... more

Consumer Rights Act given Royal Assent

Consumers will have enhanced, easy to understand rights after Royal Assent was granted to the Consumer Rights Act earlier this week. The Act reforms many aspects of consumer law and will introduce a range of new rights... more

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

A joint administration for courts and devolved tribunals will come into effect in Scotland on 1st April, when the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service assumes the responsibilities currently held by the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Tribunal Service.... more

Redundancy consultation outcomes to be improved

The Business Minister Jo Swinson has launched a call for evidence seeking views on how to improve consultation and information sharing between employers and employees when a company is faced with insolvency.... more