Dispute Resolution

In a game lasting much longer than 90 minutes, Rangers have beaten the opposition, a seller of unofficial merchandise, and won by successfully registering a trade mark for “RFC”. The application to register the RFC trade mark was first made back in March 2013. The trade mark was to cover jewellery, ornaments, interior decorations, furniture… Read more »

Dispute Resolution

It’s been reported that the board of directors of AIM-listed Patisserie Holdings plc, which owns the Patisserie Valerie chain of cafés, was not aware for almost a month that HMRC had filed a petition at the High Court of England and Wales to wind up its main trading subsidiary, Stonebeach Limited. The petition, filed on… Read more »


Having submitted your traineeship applications, next comes the seemingly never-ending wait to hear back if you have made it to the next stage. It is an overwhelming time and we have all been there! You are frantically refreshing your email inbox and finally receive an exciting yet dreaded invite to an ‘assessment centre’. I remember… Read more »

Planning & Environment

The opening of the public inquiry into the development of the former Royal High School in Edinburgh has heightened interest in listed buildings. Royal High School The developers propose to use the category A listed building as a 127 bedroom hotel, with two new five storey hotel bedroom wings and demolition of existing buildings. Following refusals of consent in… Read more »

Family Law

It is estimated that more than 75,000 people living in Scotland are Muslim. Many within the Muslim community in Scotland chose to marry by way of a religious ceremony of “Nikah” under Sharia law. However, a Nikah does not, in itself, satisfy the legal requirements in Scotland in order for the ceremony to be recognised… Read more »


The government has recently announced plans to introduce legislation designed to ensure that service industry workers get all of the tips left by customers. This forms part of its modern ‘Industrial Strategy’ to end exploitative employment practices. The government previously made a call for evidence on tipping practices in 2015, followed by a consultation on… Read more »


At the recent Conservative Party Conference, Theresa May announced that civil partnerships in England and Wales are to be extended beyond same-sex partnerships. In future, this means that every couple in England and Wales will be able to choose between marriage and civil partnership if they want to formalise their relationship. Civil partnerships were introduced… Read more »

Planning & Environment

At a recent RTPI seminar on planning reform, I commented on the implications for local authorities. Planning reform Planning reform is a moving picture at the moment, as amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill are being discussed in the Scottish Parliament. The Bill is only part of the reform package. It is unfortunate that the standard approach… Read more »