16 February, 2017

Scottish silk honoured in English QC cermenony

It has been quite a week for Aidan O’Neill QC. The advocate, who has been a QC in Scotland since 1999, took silk south of the Border on Monday, when he was the only member of the Faculty of Advocates among the 113 barristers to receive the honour in London’s Westminster Hall. Although the process of applying […]

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16 February, 2017

Simon Di Rollo QC “Lawyer of the week”

Ampersand”s Simon Di Rollo QC features in the Times “Lawyer of the week”. The article discusses the recent case of Denise Clair, the first civil prosecution for rape in Scotland, along with other musings from Mr Di Rollo. The article can be viewed here. 

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7 February, 2017

Successful defence in midwifery negligence action

Ampersand’s Una Doherty acted for the defenders in the action Leigh-Ann Glen v Tayside Health Board 2017 CSOH 18, in which the pursuer claimed there had been negligence on the part of midwives involved in her care after the birth of her child. When her placenta was delivered by a midwife, it was incomplete. This […]

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6 February, 2017

Could you play a part in new lawyers’ group?

It’s up and running, and with the hard work about to start for the Scottish Ethnic Minority Lawyers’ Association (SEMLA), it wants to hear from those who could have a role to play. The first meeting of SEMLA’s five-strong steering group was held at the Faculty of Advocates, when its aims and objectives were put […]

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26 January, 2017

Paul Reid: Time to Give the Sewel Convention Some (Political) Bite?

Ampersand advocate Paul Reid writes: Constitutional conventions are, the Supreme Court has confirmed, just that: conventions. The courts are “neither the parents nor the guardians” of such conventions; “merely observers” (para.146). The Sewel Convention “has an important role in facilitating harmonious relationships” between Westminster and the devolved legislatures but it is not for the court […]

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24 January, 2017

Ampersand Seminar “The Constitution After Brexit and where we go now”

This seminar will explore the implications of the UK Supreme Court’s judgment (handed down on 24th January 2017) in the landmark case of (R) Millar v .Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5. Chaired by Jane Smith – Aidan O’Neill QC, Douglas Ross QC and Paul Reid will consider the constitutional implications […]

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