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WS Employment Law Conference

WS Employment Law Conference 24 September 2015 9.00am – 1.00pm Signet Library, Edinburgh The annual WS Employment Law Conference returns on 24 September 2015. Leading legal experts will present technical sessions on recent legislative and case law developments followed by an interactive panel discussion on the issues likely to have the most critical impact on employee relations in the next ten years ... more

In conversation with Professor Peter Butt

Professor Peter Butt, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, will be in conversation with Philip Rodney WS, Chairman, Burness Paull on Wednesday 9 September...... more

WS Property Law Conference 2015

Professor Donald MacRae OBE will open this year's WS Property Law Conference, with his views on the future of the Scottish property market. Professor MacRae is Chief Economist with Lloyds Banking Group Scotland, responsible for monitoring the Scottish economy.... more

WS Commercial Litigation Conference 2015

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, will open this year's WS Commercial Litigation Conference with his views on promoting the justice system to the Scottish business community. The Honourable Lord Doherty will then deliver the keynote speech,... more

WS/STEP Private Client Conference 2015

Richard Frimston, Head of Private Client at Russell-Cooke, London will present the keynote session at this year’s WS and STEP Scotland joint conference for private client solicitors on 8 October 2015 ... more


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Legal News

Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill published

The Scottish Government has published new legislation to provide better scrutiny and governance of burials and cremations. The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill proposes to modernise and update the existing 100 year-old laws.... more

Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill

The Scottish Government has published the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill, which is aimed at ensuring that tenants have more security, stability and predictability when privately renting a home in Scotland. ... more

Consultation on keeper-induced registration

Registers of Scotland has launched a consultation on keeper-induced registration, a new power that will allow the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to add titles onto the land register without an application from the owner.... more

Proposals on reoffending

The Scottish Government has set out new proposals to address ‘ineffective’ short prison sentences, including a plan to extend the current presumption against three month prison sentences.... more

Human Trafficking Law passed

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, which will clarify and strengthen criminal law by introducing a new single human trafficking offence... more