Monthly Archives: April 2013

Student Attitudes to Clinical Legal Education – Survey

I have posted a new page (if that makes sense, in WordPress terminology). It used to be a blog post, but it dominated far too much of my blog “feed”, so I have rendered it as a standalone page. Do … Continue reading

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Salvesen v Riddell – Supreme Court Judgment

Today, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the agricultural holdings/limited partnership/human rights case of Salvesen v Riddell. The decision of the Court of Session has been upheld. The point of law is not simple, and every time … Continue reading

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Scottish court closures and – literally – access to justice

It was reported last week that the Scottish Government has accepted the recommendations (PDF) of the Scottish Court Service on April 9 regarding the closure of ten sheriff courts and a shake-up of justice of the peace courts. I am … Continue reading

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Labour towards land reform

The Scottish Labour Conference 2013, and particularly Johann Lamont MSP’s speech thereat, attracted a fair amount of coverage in the Twittersphere, blogosphere and the press. Here is my tuppence worth on one very specific aspect. Lamont’s speech was critiqued in … Continue reading

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Consultation, consultation, consultation: on land use and allotments

The Scottish land question, eh? I mean, it keeps getting asked. This blog is a short but convoluted story about the land questions the Scottish Government keeps asking. First, there came the exploratory consultation on the Community Empowerment and Renewal … Continue reading

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Students and access to justice

I have posted a new Storify about the place of law students in the access to justice debate. Do go and have a look at what the Scots advocate Niall McCluskey and I had to say to each other on … Continue reading

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The International Client Consultation Competition – a judge’s reflections

On 4 and 5 April 2013, I acted as a judge in the preliminary rounds of the Brown-Mosten International Client Consultation Competition (the ICCC) at the University of Glasgow. What follows is a very personal set of reflections and insights … Continue reading

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Studying the Bennachie Colonists

Today I picked up on the fact that some of my colleagues at the University of Aberdeen are undertaking some archaelogical work at Bennachie, aka The Mither Tap, aka Breast Hill (to render the hill’s name in English by means … Continue reading

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