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26 May, 2021

Interdict interdict granted in intellectual property dispute concerning lookalike gin products sold by supermarkets

Ampersand’s Usman Tariq appeared as junior counsel with the Dean of Faculty Roddy Dunlop QC in a high-profile intellectual property dispute concerning lookalike products sold by supermarkets. They acted together with Burness Paull LLP for William Grant & Sons, the owner of the famous Hendrick’s gin, in proceedings against Lidl in relation to the sale […]

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18 May, 2021

Ampersand Advocates launches ambitious electronic instruction pilot to improve experience of instructing counsel

As we emerge from restrictions and start looking towards post-pandemic ways of working, Ampersand has launched an ambitious pilot to instruct our advocates and alternative dispute practitioners electronically. In March 2020, electronic instructions became the norm, whenever possible. More than a year later, this way of working has continued. To improve the experience for all, […]

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13 April, 2021

Court rules that definition of Woman in the GRPB Act should include transwomen

In the Petition for Judicial Review of For Women Scotland of the definition of “Woman” contained in the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 ‘GRPB Act’, Lady Wise has found that the Scottish Government acted lawfully in including transwomen in the GRPB Act. For Women Scotland challenged the legality of the GRPB Act amid concerns […]

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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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