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WS Sports Law Seminar 2016

Renowned international sports lawyer, Paolo Lombardi, will be in conversation with Bruce Caldow, (Harper Macleod) on the subject of international football regulation, following his appearance in the landmark case of FC Barcelona at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.... more

WS Financial Services Conference 2016

Lady Susan Rice CBE will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural WS Financial Services Conference on 24 May. The conference will be of interest to specialist and in-house financial services lawyers as well as other professionals involved in regulation and compliance in the financial services sector.... more

WS Personal Injury Conference 2016

Sheriff Katherine Mackie will open this year’s WS Personal Injury Law Conference with a keynote address on the topic of All-Scotland Sheriff PI Court. Sheriff Mackie will provide her insight into establishing values in the new specialist court. The conference programme will also cover:... more

WS Intellectual Property Law Conference 2016

Gill Grassie will again chair this year's WS Intellectual Property Conference which will take place on Thursday 21 April. As we approach World IP Day with its theme of Digital Creativity: ... more

WS Energy Law Conference 2016

The popular WS Energy Law Conference brings together lawyers, professional advisors, investors and developers to consider the legal aspects and commercial opportunities for energy projects in Scotland, with a focus on renewable and sustainable energy. ... more


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Legal News

Revised UK Corporate Governance Code

The Financial Reporting Council has issued final draft updates to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the associated Guidance on Audit Committees to reflect forthcoming UK legislation on audit committees and auditor appointments. ... more

New EHRC Appointments

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, has announced the appointment of a new Chair and Scotland Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).... more

Reforms of anti-money laundering regime

The Government is consulting on an action plan to deal with money laundering and counter-terrorist finance that includes reform of the existing supervisory regime, more international information sharing and a stronger law enforcement response.... more

EU Passenger Name Record Directive

The Council of the European Union has adopted a Directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.... more

Insurable interest – consultation

The Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission of England and Wales are consulting on a working draft Bill on Insurable Interest, in the run up to publishing a joint report and draft Bill on the issue later in the year.... more