19 February, 2016

NRAM plc v Jane Steel and Bell & Scott LLP [2016] CSIH 11

In a 2-1 majority decision (Lord Brodie dissenting), the Inner House has allowed a reclaiming motion and reversed a decision by Lord Doherty, following proof, to the effect that a solicitor did not owe a duty of care to a lender during the course of a security transaction in which the solicitor was acting for […]

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15 February, 2016

Advocates ‘serve’ up a delicious fundraiser

A uniquely enjoyable fundraising event for foodies was held recently in support The Child Brain Injury Trust’s Scottish Child and Family Support Project. Ampersand’s Lisa Henderson organised a fantastic Sunday Lunch at the Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry, on the Firth of Forth, owned and operated by Craig and Vikki Wood. The stunning location was perfectly matched by […]

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15 February, 2016

Jill Clark v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2016] CSOH 25

Ampersand’s Phil Stuart has been involved in the successful defence of a major clinical negligence action in which the pursuer sued for £15 million for brain damage suffered from birth. Phil was instructed as junior counsel for Greater Glasgow Health Board, from the first preparation of Defences in 2005 until the proof, which took place […]

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12 February, 2016

Landmark judgment determines that abuse victims should be able to access legal aid to fight attempts to obtain their medical records

Dorothy Bain QC of Ampersand successfully led the case for the Petitioner in this Judicial Review: WF for judicial review of a decision of the Scottish Ministers to refuse to make a determination for legal aid under section 4(2)(c) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 – [2016] CSOH 27 A copy of the judgment […]

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10 February, 2016

Faculty enjoys human rights talk by Scot working in Colombia

Simon Crabb took time out on a visit home from South America to deliver a presentation for the Faculty of Advocates’ Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee. He said Colombia had suffered more than 60 years of armed conflict but peace negotiations were bringing hope to its people. The conflict had cost 220,000 lives, while […]

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10 February, 2016

Kennedy v Cordia (Services) LLP [2016] UKSC 6

This case raises interesting points in relation to employer’s liability and expert evidence in civil cases. The facts of the case are simple. The pursuer was a home carer employed by the defenders to visit clients in their home to provide personal care. In the winter of 2010 the pursuer suffered injury during the course […]

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