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WS Employment Law Conference

WS Employment Law Conference 24 September 2015 9.00am Ė 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/STEP Private Client Conference 2015

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

WS Intellectual Property Conference 2015

Carolyn Jameson, in-house counsel with Scotlandís first $1 billion web company, Skyscanner, will deliver the keynote speech at this yearís WS IP Law Conference. The conference will be chaired by leading IP lawyer Gill Grassie. ... more

ALA/WS Conference on Agricultural Law

The popular Agricultural Law Association and WS Society Joint Conference on Agricultural Law returns for its eighteenth year on 5 June 2015.... more


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Legal News

Appointment for Murray Beith Murray

Murray Beith Murray has announced the appointment of Bill Meldrum as a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property Department.... more

Civil justice statistics

Scotlandís Chief Statistician published the latest civil justice statistics last week, revealing that the total number of civil law cases initiated in Scottish courts is at its lowest for five years.... more

New commissioner to tackle late payment culture

The Government has published a discussion paper on proposals for a Small Business Commissioner to help tackle payment disputes and other unfair practices.... more

Lord President appointment process begins

The process of appointing a new Lord President of the Court of Session began this week, following the retirement of Scotlandís longest serving judge, Lord Gill, on 31st May 2015.... more

Insolvencies still falling in Scotland

New quarterly figures from Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) show the lowest level of total personal insolvencies in over 14 years.... more