29 January, 2016

Judicial Review – Ampersand Senior Counsel in first Scottish Judicial review on vetting

Ampersand’s Maria Maguire QC, acting for the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland, has defended successfully a judicial review challenge to a decision to refuse management vetting clearance to an Assistant Chief Constable. The Petitioner was represented by Ampersand’s Ailsa Carmichael QC. The full Opinion of Lord Philip can be viewed here.  

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28 January, 2016

Petition to fund more research into Brain Tumours

Ampersand’s Maria Maguire QC is asking for support for this petition to raise the level of investment in brain tumour research. Maria’s brother, Frank Maguire, a highly respected solicitor–advocate, died from a brain tumour in September 2011. During his illness he advocated for more research into the causes of brain tumour and its treatment to help […]

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20 January, 2016

Tracey Rae v James Freeman t/a Saffron Private Catering

In what was described as a “challenging” case by the presiding judge Lord Pentland, the jury delivered an award of over £260,000 to the Pursuer in this Court of Session civil jury trial. The Pursuer suffered campylobacter food poisoning as a result of eating undercooked chicken liver at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Restaurant in Leith […]

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18 January, 2016

Ampersand Patrons of the “Securing Justice at 60” appeal encourage attendees at the Beyond Law event

The second of JUSTICE’s Beyond the Law events will feature Shami Chakrabarti, veteran director of NGO Liberty who will discuss a lifetime of campaigning on issues affecting all members of society with James Wolffe QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. The event being held on Friday, 22nd January 2016 between 5pm and 6.30pm will […]

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6 January, 2016

Personal Injuries User Group Newsletter

The Personal Injuries User Group have issued their December Newsletter. The Newsletter covers topics on the following: Chapter 43 Chapter 42A Joint meetings of experts Recovery of documents in other jurisdictions Edinburgh Sheriff Court & All Scotland Personal Injury Court The full Newsletter, available on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website can be viewed here. The […]

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9 February, 2015

Supreme Court unanimously dismisses challenge to Shetland windfarm plans

In the case of Sustainable Shetland v The Scottish Ministers & Anor (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 4, the UK Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal against the decision by the respondents to grant consent for the construction and operation of a wind farm despite the impact it may have on protected migratory birds, in particularly […]

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