Personal Law

Having rejoined the Personal and Family department in June to strengthen Brodies’ outstanding personal injury trust offering, Jessica Flowerdew provides an update on personal injury trusts, what are they and why you might need one. What are they? A personal injury trust is a special form of trust created to hold money received as a… Read more »

Family Law

At a recent Commons debate, Labour MP Tulip Siddiq highlighted the growing number of parents in the UK travelling abroad with children being “blighted by confrontations that are both unnecessary and entirely avoidable” by “over-zealous” border control.   Ms Siddiq’s plight was in respect of parents travelling with children who have a different surname.  This is a… Read more »

Rural Law

Registers of Scotland (“RoS”) has launched ScotLIS, an online service providing public access to land and property information, some of which is available free of charge. Andrew Askew Blain was invited by RoS to preview the service and take part in the private beta testing of ScotLIS prior to the public launch. ScotLIS is viewed… Read more »


The UK government has this week published the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017 – 2022. Amongst other things, the government has renewed its commitment to introduce a public register showing the beneficial owners of overseas legal entities which own or buy property in the UK, or participate in central government contracts. The aim is to improve… Read more »

Family Law

It has been hard to escape the divorce metaphors in recent months as our Prime Minister, Theresa May and the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker have embarked on a series of complicated negotiations to agree the basis on which the UK will leave the EU. Most Scots who separate from their spouses are encouraged by… Read more »


Following a lengthy investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is to take enforcement action against secondary ticketing websites suspected of breaking consumer protection law. What is a secondary ticket website? Secondary ticket websites enable individuals or businesses to re-sell tickets that they have bought for any events such as concerts,… Read more »

IP & Technology

The House of Lords yesterday passed an amendment to the Data Protection Bill which provides welcome clarity in relation to the legitimate interests condition for processing personal data. The amendment is an early Christmas present for universities and other public authorities with hybrid activities. Background The General Data Protection Regulation states that public authorities cannot… Read more »


Community engagement takes many forms. As part of a legal career involvement with pro bono work or initiatives that improve access to justice are obvious ways to support local communities. However, there are numerous opportunities to make a positive contribution to society that do not involve direct use of your legal knowledge but are an… Read more »