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Remote Notarisation- getting divorce moving again

The Law Society of Scotland have published new Guidance today which will allow affidavits and simplified divorce applications to be notarised remotely. Read more

Lawyers as problem solvers

“It is said that Lincoln was a skilled lawyer and a formidable opponent in the court room. Read more

What's in a name?

I found myself asking this question last week following the birth announcement from Tesla’s Elon Musk and the unusual name he and his partner have chosen for their son: X... Read more

Apres le confinement: Une vue de la France avec Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau (en Francais)

Nous sommes souvent consultés dans des dossiers de droit de la famille marqués par des éléments de compétence croisée. Read more

Marriage and cohabitation: protecting people from systemic economic inequality

Trudging my lockdown walk route for the fiftieth time, the monotony was relieved by witnessing the intense outrage of a small child whose prized stick had been forcibly removed by... Read more

The Secret To Great Advocacy- Coronavirus Special

What is the secret of great advocacy? In the early days of my career in the law I used to sit in the public gallery at Dumfries Sheriff Court and watch... Read more

Dial in for Justice- hearings by phone

I fear I broke a number of rules about what not to wear at court recently when I was involved in my first teleconference hearing at the Court of Session. Read more

Remotely Illuminating- Getting to the truth over Zoom?

Can you tell if someone is telling the truth by Zoom?   As my recent blogging history reveals I’m currently vexed by the question of whether family cases requiring evidence from witnesses... Read more

Getting the courts moving again

The decision of the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) to postpone all non-urgent hearings due to the Coronavirus pandemic came as a major blow to parties who had been... Read more

Getting disputes resolved in the middle of a pandemic…

In the right disputes, arbitration is the best way of getting to a resolution, at a time when our court system is under enormous pressure and progressing cases is a... Read more

Separated with a Spanish Property?

If you had enough money to buy a second home abroad, where would it be? The results of our survey* are in. Scots choose Spain. Read more

Law Society of Scotland Coronavirus Support Package Announced

As one of the 39 elected members of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland, I participated last week in the first ever virtual meeting of the Council. Read more

Contact with your child during lockdown- with Dr Lucie MacKinlay

I spoke with Dr Lucie MacKinlay, a chartered Clinical Psychologist who has worked for the NHS since 2003, and who also provides assessments to the courts in contact and residence... Read more

Parentage and the Right Not To Know

Who is my father? That seemingly simple and fundamental question has vexed many individuals, families and courts throughout history. Read more

Stop The Press- Good News for Fertility Treatment

Today has brought the first glimmer of hope that the storm clouds may be passing for those patiently awaiting to restart fertility treatment. Read more

Surrogacy and Fertility Treatment Update and New Caselaw

Time is the most valuable commodity. For those eager to start a family via assisted reproduction, time is priceless. Read more

Busy doing nothing?

As the courts slowly begin to grind back into gear using new technology, and in a spirit of contrarianism, I’d like to put in a word for the virtues of... Read more

Time for a Change for Marriage Law?

Divorce lawyers really shouldn’t blog about weddings: it’s like looking at the view through the wrong end of a telescope. Read more

Getting Married in Lockdown

I get asked about how to get divorced a lot, but am not often asked about how to get married. Read more