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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interesting aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

Latest Articles

  • Protected Conversations – The New Norm in Employment Law?

    Protected Conversations – The New Norm in Employment Law?

    For those of us who have been involved in advising on employment law for more than a decade, there have been many changes with which to contend. We have had the ill-fated Dispute Resolution Regulations, which were introduced in 2004 and repealed a mere handful of years later, changes to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from two years to one year and back to two years again, full scale change to equality legislation in the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 and, more recently still, the introduction of tribunal fees and new rules of procedure. However, in terms of day to day employment law in practice, the impact of the introduction of “protected conversations” to the employment law terrain is hard to beat.

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    The Sammi Kinghorn blog - seeing your name (and face) up in lights

    Samantha ‘Sammi’ Kinghorn is Scotland’s leading wheelchair racer and Harper Macleod’s Athlete Ambassador. Some stunning performances have seen her break four European records, including two held for more than a decade by one of the sport's biggest ever names Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. We caught up with Sammi to find out how she's handling the increased attention.

  • Number of people who die without making a Will is rising

    Number of people who die without making a Will is rising

    Two thirds of adults do not have a will and Citizen's Advice recently announced that the number of enquiries it receives about people who have died without making a will has more than doubled in the past five years. As lawyers, we know that making a will in Scotland is a straightforward process and only takes an hour or two from start to finish.

  • Old dogs and new tricks – the rise of the middle aged intern

    Old dogs and new tricks – the rise of the middle aged intern

    Unlawful age discrimination can occur in a number of ways and is as likely to affect young workers as older workers. The recent increase in middle aged or older individuals entering the workplace as interns is an interesting phenomenon. But what is the legal position of an intern? This article looks at the position for both interns and employers.