Five members of Faculty have been appointed as legal members of the Housing and Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.
The Scottish Criminal Bar Association is heavily represented among the speakers at a weekend conference examining “Excellence in Advocacy”.
The Lord President, Lord Carloway, predicted a “leaner and fitter” Court of Session with shorter waiting times for cases, and highlighted the near-impossible task of meeting time limits in the High Court, in an address to mark the opening of the Legal Year.
Reforms to contract law have been passed by the Scottish Parliament, with special thanks being extended to the Faculty for its help in the passage of the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill.
Faculty members have been appointed to a new Arbitration Court User Group, which will be chaired by the Inner House judge, Lord Glennie.
Senior counsel Stuart Gale, QC, will be in the chair at the 26th Scottish Planning and Environmental Law (SPEL) conference.
Hundreds of people are expected to take the chance of a rare glimpse inside the Faculty when the Advocates Library features in Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2017 on Saturday (23 September).
Prior to next week’s launch by the Faculty of Advocates of a new personal injury arbitration service at a two-day conference in Edinburgh, the Faculty published a series of endorsements of the initiative by legal experts and practitioners from a range of countries and jurisdictions.
Fears have been voiced by the Faculty that proposals to modernise the law of defamation have “a significant gap” in dealing with online character attacks.
A qualified welcome has been given by the Faculty to plans for periodical payment orders, which will introduce major change to personal injury litigation.