Author Archives: Iain Nisbet

DLA Piper’s Glasgow office under threat

DLA Piper is thinking about closing its Glasgow office following a review of UK operations. A DLA Piper spokesperson said: “Following a comprehensive review of our UK business designed to ensure that we are operating in a manner, in the … Continue reading

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Focus on alcohol

So, somewhat inevitably, the Scottish Government‘s minimum alcohol pricing laws have been challenged by the booze industry. Specifically, the Scotch Whisky Association and two European bodies which represent producers of spirit drinks and the wine industry and trade are petitioning … Continue reading

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Church of (an independent) Scotland – Part 3

First of all, sorry about the gap in posting.  I’m going to try and post a bit more often now. In my absence, the Scottish and UK Governments have agreed the “Edinburgh Agreement” which will allow a referendum on independence … Continue reading

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law will eat itself

Very exciting news that the Tommy Sheridan pantomime is to continue. The former editor of the News of the World Scotland, Bob Bird, has been charged in connection with Tommy Sheridan’s defamation action. He has been charged with attempting to … Continue reading

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Begone bastard!

Michael McMahon MSP has launched a consultation on his proposed Reform of Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill which proposes abolishing the peculiarly Scottish “not proven” verdict in criminal trials – famously described by Sir Walter Scott as “that bastard verdict”.  It also … Continue reading

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Independent Scotland “would have to reapply for Eurovision”

Following another dismal showing from the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, Lord Graham of Norton, who was also in that Father Ted episode which had them enter “My Lovely Horse” as Ireland’s entry, said Scotland voting to secede … Continue reading

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UK Govt: equality test score 6 out of 9

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published the findings of an investigation into whether the UK Government have complied with their public sector equality duties in various recent policy changes.  The answer?  Mostly yes. To remind ourselves, at the … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage – what’s next for Scotland?

Game, set and match to the equal marriage campaign – no?  Now that Obama has come out in favour of gay marriage in the USA, the liberal democracies of the western world (including Scotland) must surely follow? As you will … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

The Scottish Government, along with its equivalents in Wales, Northern Ireland and .. um .. the rest of the United Kingdom are consulting on proposals to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Standardised packaging is likely to mean no branding, a … Continue reading

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Dundas & Wilson “not shooting staff”

Dundas & Wilson are letting some employees go – up to 30 according to The Herald.  But there is no need to go all “Jeremy Clarkson” on us in responding to press questions. D&W Chair, David Hardie WS is quoted … Continue reading

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