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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Political defamation on the rise in Scotland

With the nation in the grips of election fever, you would perhaps be forgiven for missing the recent clash between the SNP and the Liberal Democrats over election leaflets – the latest in a series of political defamation disputes which have been aired in Scotland recently. On Tuesday this week, Jo Swinson was successful in her application for an interim interdict (the Scottish equivalent of an interim injunction) preventing the SNP from circulating election pamphlets containing allegedly defamatory statements concerning her position on fracking.

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Supreme Court rules employers liable for “hidden” reasons for dismissal

On Wednesday 27th November, the UK Supreme Court handed down its eagerly awaited judgement in Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti – a case in which the Court determined that in a claim for unfair dismissal, the employer can be liable for the real reason for dismissal hidden by the employee’s line manager, regardless of the decision maker’s lack of knowledge of the real reason.  

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Whether it’s algebra or shipping law – always double check the little details

Waiting on our food at our Italian-American diner of choice, my son’s attention turned to the entertainment on his placemat. The dot-to-dot and spot the difference passing without incident, he enlisted my help with the maths challenge. The problem was as follows:

X + X + X = 30
X + Y + Y = 20
Y + X + X + Z + Z = 29
X + Y x Z = ?

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