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5 April, 2021

Decree of absolvitor for Forth Valley Health Board upheld by the Inner House

Ampersand’s Una Doherty Q.C. acted for the defenders and reclaimers in the action Jennifer McCulloch and others v Forth Valley Health Board [2021] CSIH 21. On 1 April 2021, the Second Division of the Inner House refused the pursuers’ reclaiming motion and allowed the defenders’ cross-appeal. Pursuers’ grounds of appeal The pursuers had reclaimed certain […]

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25 March, 2021

Success in challenge to COVID-19 regulations closing all churches for congregational worship and private prayer

Lord Braid has upheld the Court of Session challenge by representatives of several churches that the COVID-19 regulations closing all churches for congregational worship and private prayer were a disproportionate interference with the fundamental right to religious freedom and so breached the human rights of the petitioners and others as well as their constitutional rights. As […]

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19 March, 2021

High Court full bench finds nobile officium petition by rape complainer competent

The High Court of Justiciary has determined that a nobile officium petition made by a complainer in a rape case after she was not notified of an application by the accused to lead evidence of their sexual history is competent under the doctrine. The petitioner, RR, is the complainer in criminal proceedings in which the […]

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15 March, 2021

Ampersand silk speaking at International webinar by Commonwealth Lawyers Association

Lauren Sutherland QC is honoured to be presenting at the Webinar arranged by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association on “Rationing Healthcare in Times of a Global Pandemic”. The event is taking place on 16th March at noon GMT and will be broadcast live on YouTube. Many Commonwealth countries healthcare systems face unprecedented levels of demand. The […]

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23 February, 2021

Ampersand establishes itself as a leading set in Scotland for qualified mediators

Five members of Ampersand have successfully completed a professional mediation qualification, further enhancing the set’s wide offering of counsel specialising in different forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. The set now offers eight counsel qualified in mediation. Susanne Tanner QC, Vinit Khurana QC, Una Doherty QC, Euan Mackenzie QC and Brian Fitzpatrick undertook training and assessment […]

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4 February, 2021

Judgment in RTA claim offering guidance on appointment between insurers and health care providers issued

Lady Wise has today issued her judgment in Widdowson v Liberty Insurance. It offers guidance on apportionment between the insurers of a driver who caused a fatal RTA and the health care providers who admitted breach of duty in respect of the care one of the victims of the accident received. Lady Wise held that […]

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