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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 Corporate Law Conference 2015

This yearís conference programme follows the steps taken on sale of a private limited company. The expert speakers will address the legal and technical aspects, but also offer practical advice based on their experience. ... 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 2015Ö. ... more


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Legal News

New partners for Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser has announced the appointment of four new partners, bringing the total number of partners in the firm to 45. ... more

Progress on reforming cross-border recovery of small debts

Planned reform of the European Small Claims Procedure took a step forward this week after MEPs approved proposals designed to cut costs and paperwork for both consumers and businesses.... more

New sheriffs

The Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Robert Weir QC as sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and Joan Kerr as sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. ... more

MEPs look at presumption of innocence

The EU Parliamentary Civil Liberties Committee recently approved draft EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is fully respected in member states. ... more

Reconviction rates falling

The latest reconviction statistics show that during the past decade there has been a decrease in the proportion of offenders being reconvicted, and a decrease in the number of times that offenders are reconvicted. ... more