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Latest Dispute resolution articles

  • Update on Scottish personal injury costs reform - making court costs more affordable

    Update on Scottish personal injury costs reform - making court costs more affordable

    A proposed new Bill attempts to make it easier and more affordable to raise a court action and to make the cost of court action more predictable. It will also enable groups of people to sue in the civil courts where they have the same or a similar claim against the same defender or defenders. Currently under Scots law such cases have to be pursued separately.

  • Employment law: can a disciplinary investigation be too thorough …?

    Employment law: can a disciplinary investigation be too thorough …?

    It's been one of the tenets of unfair dismissal law for over 35 years that an employer must carry out a sufficient investigation before dismissing an employee for misconduct. This is an aspect that is commonly attacked by claimants in order to show a dismissal itself is unfair. But can an employer's investigation be too thorough?

  • Interim awards of expenses in litigation within the Scottish courts: case comment

    Interim awards of expenses in litigation within the Scottish courts: case comment

    The most recent decision of an ongoing litigation in the Scottish courts has considered the procedural requirements for making an interim award of expenses. The question for the court was whether an order for interim payment where expenses had been awarded but no account had been lodged and taxed should be made. If so, then the second question was in what circumstances may the motion be granted?

  • Once dealt with, always decided? The importance of res judicata and the UK IPO in trade mark disputes

    Once dealt with, always decided? The importance of res judicata and the UK IPO in trade mark disputes

    Those dealing with registered trade mark matters will know the importance of properly pleading opposition cases at the UK IPO. A decision of the UK IPO in relation to the grant of registered trade mark rights may very well restrict the complainer in subsequent proceedings. However, one recent decision shows there may be an advantage in pursuing such issues in the Scottish courts.