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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 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

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


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Legal News

Reform of the General Court

The Council of the European Union this week backed a proposal to reform the General Court of the European Court of Justice, to help it deal with an increasing workload and ensure that legal redress in the EU is guaranteed within a reasonable time.... more

Land Reform Bill introduced

The Scottish Government has published the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, which is intended to radically reform issues of fairness, equality and social justice connected to the ownership of, access to and use of land in Scotland.... more

CMA looks at online reviews and endorsements

The Competition and Markets Authority has found that online reviews and endorsements are proving useful to consumers, but it has concerns that some practices may be unlawful. ... more

Modernising succession law

The Scottish Government has introduced a Bill to reform succession laws, including the effects of divorce, dissolution or annulment on a will, into the Scottish Parliament. ... more

SLC celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Scottish Law Commission this week celebrated its 50th Anniversary. It was established by the Law Commissions Act 1965, which took effect on 15th June 1965.... more