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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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Regulation of financial benchmarks

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU this week reached agreement on new rules relating to the regulation of financial benchmarks. The move has been welcomed by the European Commission.... more

Views sought on draft Land Use Strategy

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the future of land use, aimed at getting the most from our land in an integrated and sustainable way.... more

Small business and competition law

The Competition and Markets Authority last week launched a suite of materials aimed at helping small businesses understand the dos and don’ts of competition law.... more

Report on wildlife crime penalties

A new report on the penalties available for wildlife crime offences has concluded that they have fallen behind those for other types of environmental crime, and that fine levels for many of these crimes have not kept pace with inflation. ... more

New EU rules on victims’ rights

New rules on better protection for victims of crime in the EU are now in force. The Victims' Rights Directive lays down a set of binding rights for victims of crime, and clear obligations for EU Member States to ensure these rights in practice.... more