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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Fair and square?

The recent decision in Campbell v Dugdale has shown that, in defamation cases, fair comment does not always mean accurate comment.

Kezia Dugdale, former leader of the Scottish Labour Party, succeeded in her defence of a defamation action raised by the prominent “Wings Over Scotland” blogger Stuart Campbell.  The much publicised case concerned an article that appeared in Ms Dugdale’s Daily Record column in March last year in which Ms Dugdale commented on the following tweet by Mr Campbell:

Oliver Mundell is the sort of public speaker that makes you wish his

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Derailed by Pensions

Margaret Meehan

You may have seen Richard Branson’s recent blog, predicting that his Virgin Trains business could be gone from the UK by November after shareholder Stagecoach was disqualified on three rail franchise bids. The reason for Stagecoach’s disqualification was its refusal to meet the stipulated requirements for pension provision. On the one hand, the moral of the story is simple: don’t bid for a contract if you can’t meet its requirements. Indeed, other bidders for the rail franchises agreed to meet the pension requirements, so why couldn’t Stagecoach?

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Dilapidations: No claim if no works done

Alan McMillan

A lot of money can be gained (or recouped) by landlords pursuing dilapidations claims. The tenant has much to lose. One question has been on the minds and lips of surveyors for as long as dilapidations claims have been around. Does the landlord have to do the works before the claim can ever be successful? 

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