Public Law

Last August, Charles blogged on the Law Society of Scotland’s paper on “Scotland’s Constitutional Future”, which was intended to highlight issues needing further clarification ahead of the referendum. Building flying the Saltire and Union Jack flags

The Law Society this week published its second (and final) discussion paper identifying the questions that remain outstanding on Scotland’s constitutional future, whatever the outcome of the vote. The paper focuses on the economy, a Scottish tax regime, currency, EU membership, education, justice and (unsurprisingly, given the paper’s origins) the legal profession. However, the Law Society is adamant that it is not taking sides in the debate.

If you would like a summary of the key issues and some of the more controversial themes (including the paper’s doubt over the legality of the Scottish Government’s proposals on university tuition fees for English students – see our earlier post on the treatment of the Government’s legal advice on this), you can find press coverage here, here and here.


Gemma McKinlay

Associate at Brodies LLP
Gemma is a senior solicitor in Brodies market-leading Public Law & Regulatory team in. She advises on a range of public law and commercial issues.  Her specific areas of practice expertise include powers and duties of local and central government, statutory interpretation, equality and human rights, data protection and freedom of information laws.
Gemma McKinlay