22 June, 2021

Scotland’s new Law Officers sworn in at ceremony at the Court of Session

Scotland’s new Law Officers have been sworn in at a ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on 22 June 2021. Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC and Solicitor General for Scotland Ruth Charteris QC were nominated by the First Minister and then unanimously approved for appointment by the Scottish Parliament last week. They received […]

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16 June, 2021

Ampersand congratulates Dorothy Bain QC on her nomination as Lord Advocate

Ampersand’s Dorothy Bain QC has been nominated by the First Minister to take office as the next Lord Advocate.  Ampersand Advocates’ head clerk, Alan Moffat, said: “As one of Scotland’s most respected senior counsel, I am very pleased to hear of Dorothy’s appointment. She has been a valued member of Ampersand and we wish her […]

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9 June, 2021

Ampersand’s Susanne Tanner QC and Una Doherty QC appointed as SSSC Legally Qualified Chairs

Ampersand congratulates two of its silks, Stable Director Susanne Tanner QC and Una Doherty QC on their appointments as Legally Qualified Chairs by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). In their new roles, they will chair panels with social service and lay members to decide whether workers’ fitness to practise is impaired. Their appointments have […]

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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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