Considerable uncertainty surrounds Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). The DRS, having initially been set to be implemented in July 2022, August 2023 and then March 2024, has now been delayed until October 2025 ‘at the earliest’. With penalties for producers and retailers who fail to comply with the scheme requirements and uncertainty around how and if the scheme will be implemented, businesses will want and need to know: just what are they required to do?
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The climate change crisis is transforming not just government, but business and consumer attitudes and behaviours. While sustainability goals for organisations have clear tangible benefits, are consumers willing to pay a premium for sustainable products and services and can they trust companies’ green claims?
Stephanie Hepburn and Chloe Imrie discuss the outcome of the newsworthy English case of Darwall v Dartmoor National Park Authority and the contrasting positions between Scotland and England’s laws on the right to responsible access.
Since the first Scottish securitisation structures were developed and put in place by our lawyers over 30 years ago, the market has matured dramatically. This Q&A looks at some of the most common questions we encounter when a participant in the securitisation market is embarking on a transaction where the securitised pool includes Scottish assets.
Summary of visa changes following the UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreements.
An insight into the Law of Trespass in Scotland.
The recent popularity of wild camping caused a number of problems for landowners concerned about the impact on the countryside. Now, as we head into a summer of staycations, landowners should familiarise themselves with the public’s right of responsible access, commonly referred to as the right to roam.
Over recent months, ChatGPT has hit the news - and many of our phone and laptop screens - as the human race comes to terms with the rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In the workplace, there has been a gradual shift towards AI in recent years, expanding the use of AI in place of human decision-making in areas such as recruitment, management, and performance review.
This article explores the current uses of AI and considers what legal pitfalls employers should be aware of to ensure their use of AI complies with all relevant legislation.
On 4 May 2023 the Scottish Parliament passed the long-awaited Moveable Transactions (Scotland) Bill. The Bill introduces wide-ranging reforms to the Scots law of assignation of rights and of security over moveable property, and heralds one of the biggest changes to commercial law in Scotland – and for the ability of Scottish businesses to access finance - for many years.
Almost 20 years in the making the package is the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders across the legal, financial services and general business communities, particularly in recent years as the final legislation was being drafted.
Businesses can be significantly affected by the behaviour of regulated utilities, such as those operating water or transport infrastructure, with failure of these infrastructures resulting in considerable costs for firms. In this article, our Regulatory Risk and Compliance team discusses the increased risk of private court actions against underperforming regulated utilities, spurred on by greater accessibility of collective actions.
The regulatory impacts of the UK’s departure from the EU and its single market continue to emerge, creating challenges for businesses operating in the UK and involved in cross-border trade and investment.
Actors’ Benevolent Fund: lessons to be learned from the trustee spat you couldn’t write the script for
Recent revelations about a long-running spat among the trustees of The Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) have led to a very public dressing down from the Charity Commission for failings in governance. Justine McCluskey explores what led to the downfall and the difficult journey ahead for the new trustees.