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Wilful Neglect in the Care Sector

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The Scottish Government have put forward proposals for the introduction of new legislative measures that make it a criminal offence to deliberately mistreat or neglect people receiving care.

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ACAS Conciliation – use of COT3 Forms

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It is now compulsory for all Claimants who are considering making a claim at the Employment Tribunal against their previous employers to complete an Early Conciliation form. This is part of a new scheme which introduced in April 2014 to encourage resolution between parties before it reaches the stage of a claim.

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Increased Money Laundering Investigations Into Law Firms

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organisations created by the G7 in 1989 to investigate financial crime, will begin its investigations into money-laundering practices in the UK in 2016.

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Cuts to UK Legal Aid – Miscarriage of Justice?

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The annual European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice report published on the 8th October 2014 shows that the UK spends £2billion a year on Legal Aid. This figure is 20 times the European average and has resulted in the Government implementing controversial reforms to cut this figure in an attempt to reduce public spending. 

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Blowing The Whistle Online Made Simpler – But Beware Legal Pitfalls

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Contact details for more than 70 bodies responsible for investigating whistleblowing allegations have been published online by the UK Government. The law on whistleblowing offers protection to employees but only if they make allegations in a responsible manner to the proper body.

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New Project to Prevent Thefts & Housebreakings is to be Extended in Scotland

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A pilot project involving the invisible marking of personal property has been so successful, Police Scotland have said it will be rolled out to other communities across Scotland.

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Police Drop Colour-Blind Ban After Discrimination Claim

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SCOTLAND’S police force has reversed its policy of rejecting officers who are colour-blind after The Glasgow Law Practice began a legal challenge.

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Impact of the Referendum Outcome on the Scottish Property Market

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The National association of Estate Agents has commented on how they think the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum will affect the Scottish property market.

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Armed Robbery in Glasgow City Centre - What Could Suspects Be Charged With?

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Around noon yesterday (24th September), a gang of four men raided jewellers in the Argyll Arcade between Buchanan Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow. Masked and armed with hammers and axes, the suspects are yet to be identified, although police have recovered a white Volkswagen Golf abandoned in Townhead, believed to be the get away vehicle.

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Fall in Crime against UK Businesses

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There has been a sharp drop in crimes committed against UK businesses, according to recently released figures from AXA Business Insurance.

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Oscar Pistorius: Getting Away with Murder

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Judge Thokozile Masipa last week cleared Pistorius of both premeditated murder and common murder (dollus eventualis) eventually convicting the paralymic star of the lesser crime of culpable homicide. This post discusses how this decision was reached and why the situation may have been different under Scot’s law.

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Rise in Property Purchases Dependent on Referendum Outcome

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This month has seen house buyers make offers for property purchases conditional on the outcome of the referendum, with these offers becoming more common as the day draws closer.

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NMC Brings in New Registration Rules for Overseas Nurses

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Nurses and midwives who trained outside Europe will have to pass tests before they are allowed to practice in the UK.

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Winning Expenses in Employment Tribunal Cases

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EMPLOYERS who lose Tribunal cases should have to repay up to £1200 in fees as well as the employee’s wage loss, according to a new court ruling.

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Glasgow Sheriff Court struggles with backlog of 1,300 domestic abuse cases

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Glasgow Sheriff Court is struggling to handle the number of domestic abuse cases going through the court, with those involved waiting four and a half months for their cases to be heard.

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Domestic Abuse to become a Separate Crime

Posted by on in Family Law

This week, the Scottish Government announced plans to introduce “Clare’s Law” which will allow individuals to request information from police to find out if their partner has a violent past.

However, this has coincided with consideration in England and Wales for a separate crime of domestic abuse to be developed, which has led to calls for similar legislation in Scotland. The crime would relate not to a single incident but to a course of conduct amounting to domestic abuse.

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Scottish Property Market Reaches Four-Year High

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Annual property growth has reached a four-year high in Scotland, according to the latest LSL Acadata house price index.

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Government Publishes Digital Strategy for Justice in Scotland

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This week (20 August 2014) the Scottish government published the Digital Strategy for Justice in Scotland. The Strategy aims to create a more modern, user-focussed justice system.

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Courts Taking Tougher Line on NMC Delays

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NURSES suspended for years while their professional body investigates allegations of misconduct against them have won significant legal victories.

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NMC backs Whistleblowing campaign

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The body which regulates the nursing industry, the NMC, have given their backing to new rules to protect those who “blow the whistle” in their employment.

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