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As many will recall, Sir Bruce Forsyth sadly passed away on 18 August 2017 after battling ill-health. He was survived by his wife and his 6 children. Nearly a year after his death, the terms of his Will have allegedly been revealed. 

It was recently reported that Bruce Forsyth did not leave any of his substantial estate to his children. According to reports, his Will directed that £100,000 is to be placed in a Trust, with each of his 9 grandchildren receiving their share when they reach the age of 21. His two appointed Executors are to inherit £20,000 each. The remainder of his estate is then to be passed to his wife. It is believed that his estate was over £11 million.

It has long been established that success in pursuing a case for personal injury in Scotland depends on whether or not it can be proven that there was a breach of the general duty to take reasonable care.  This test is relatively broad.  However, in respect of claims for medical negligence, the test is much narrower.  It is a more complex area of law and requires a higher standard.  This, of course, is a policy decision.  Medical professionals are also human.  They have bad days, like everyone else and the argument is that they should not be held liable for every trivial error made.  Trivial errors are part of everyday life.

Barely does a week go by where a hit in run doesn’t feature in the news. For most civilised and law abiding motorists this is probably the most heinous motoring crime a person can commit. Road Traffic accidents occur every minute on UK roads. However, whilst anyone who causes an accident is likely to feel guilty and in due course there may be arguments as to who was at fault, most motorists have the decency to pull over and check for injury. For most, liability is the last thing on their mind; and the safety and wellbeing of others take the front seat.

Fatal Accident Inquiries can be held when a death occurs in the course of a person’s employment or whilst in legal custody. They can also be held when the death is sudden, suspicious, or unexplained, or occurred in circumstances giving rise to public concern as long, provided it is in the public interest for an enquiry to be held. The procurator fiscals office, under the authority of the Lord Advocate, has discretion regarding whether to hold such a hearing.

Dating apps have proliferated in the age of the internet and smart phones. One in three relationships in the UK now began online. The Daily Mash headline “Couple to lie about not having met on internet” sums up the sea change in dating culture. As is the case with most digital tools users remain largely unfamiliar with the legal issues surrounding dating apps and who is responsible when things go wrong.

Celtic’s John Hartson was involved in an unusual accident when playing golf near his home in Peebles. The golf buggy which he was a passenger in ploughed into a tree whilst going downhill at 25 miles per hour. The driver had reportedly hit the accelerator and not the brake.

Following the accident John, who feared for his life and almost lost an eye, required 48 stitches to his head and was told that he would require follow up plastic surgery.

Today the LGBT Community and their allies come together in Edinburgh to celebrate Pride and to mark the struggle for LGBT equality.

As Employment and Discrimination lawyers it is clear to us that there is a long way to go in ensuring the equality and safety of LGBT workers in the workplace. A 2017 report from Stonewall Scotland uncovered some alarming statistics. This research found that 36% of LGBT workers and concerning 58% of trans workers have hidden their identity due to fear of discrimination. The research also found that 16% of LGBT workers and 40% of trans workers in Scotland have experienced negative comments or conduct from colleagues whilst at work within the last year. 

World cup fever is once again upon us with the action kicking off in Russia yesterday afternoon. All eyes were on the line up for the Egypt team ahead of their game today against Uruguay.

One of Egypt’s star player, Mo Salah, was recently injured in the Champions League final while playing for Liverpool. Salah was the victim of a brutal tackle from Sergio Ramos resulting in a dislocated shoulder. It has been suggested that the tackle from Ramos was a deliberate attempt to injury Salah. Others have suggested it was all in the spirit of the game. I have been asked, more than once now(!), whether Ramos could be sued by Salah for the injury sustained?

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