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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

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 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 2015…. ... more


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Legal News

Sheriff Appeal Court - appointments

Appointments to the new Sheriff Appeal Court, which will be established at the start of the new legal year for criminal cases, have been confirmed by the Lord President.... more

Money laundering rules approved

MEPs last week approved new anti-money laundering rules that will help fight tax crime and terrorist financing by making it easier to trace transfers of funds and sources of wealth.... more

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act – consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on modernising the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 in Scotland, including proposals to shorten the timeframe for disclosing previous convictions to employers for certain types of offenders... more

Lindsays to merge with RSB macdonald

Lindsays and Tayside firm RSB macdonald announced last week that the two firms are to merge in July, creating a 38 partner business.... more

Support for land reform proposals

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of the responses to the recent Land Reform consultation, revealing that most of the proposals received over 70% support from respondents.... more