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Vulnerable Adults and Coronavirus in Scotland

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 6th April 2020 having been passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1st April 2020. The provisions came into force on 7th April 2020 with some exceptions noted below.  This legislation has received significant attention in the Scottish media with particular attention paid to the proposed changes to practice within…

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Mental Health and the COVID-19 Crisis

The current Covid-19 Pandemic has brought about numerous concerns for all of us who work in the legal profession but none more so than how this will impact upon the rights of us as individuals.  At Legal Services Agency we provide specialist advice to those with mental ill health, their family and carers.  Many of those we…

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COVID-19 and Housing

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 is now law.  It brings major changes to housing law and practice, which will impact a large number of tenants for the foreseeable future.  The emergency provisions are initially effective until 30 September 2020 but may be extended by the Scottish Ministers up to a further year.  These changes could well be with…

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UK Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Ali v Serco and Others

For around eighteen months Legal Services Agency have been challenging lock change evictions in Glasgow Sheriff Court. We raised one of the first actions challenging these evictions and have raised around 77 interdict actions since then. These cases were put on hold waiting for a decision to be made in the case of Ali v…

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Climate, Corona and Civil Liberties

A Discussion of Political Protests after the Coronavirus Act 2020 We are in exceptional times. There are two major threats, neither of them will be news. Firstly, to the long term survival of the whole of humanity and the natural world, i.e. the climate emergency. Secondly, to the survival of a significant proportion of humanity:…

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A guide to lockdown law in Scotland

A guide to lockdown law in Scotland Ben Christman, trainee solicitor (benchristman@lsa.org.uk) 8 April 2020 1. Introduction If you are living in Scotland at present, you will probably know that the Scottish Government has imposed a ‘lockdown’ to halt the spread of COVID-19. Similar lockdowns are in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland –…

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Homelessness law in Scotland and COVID-19

Homelessness law in Scotland and COVID-19 Ben Christman, trainee solicitor (benchristman@lsa.org.uk) 6 April 2020 Introduction There is no good time to be homeless, but it is difficult to imagine that there could be a more difficult period to be without a home than during a global pandemic crisis and national lockdown. Homeless rights organisations have…

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Service update

The scale and pace of changes resulting from Covid-19 pandemic is causing heightened levels of uncertainty for us all! New guidance and amended rules are being issued daily. Interpretations of these for businesses and the impact for people and everyday lives are complex. We remain committed to providing access to justice, advice and representation in…

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Important Service Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

IMPORTANT SERVICE UPDATE From Tuesday 17 March 2020 we are making adaptations to our service delivery in light of continued concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety and health of all our staff, clients and other visitors we have taken the difficult decision to move face-to-face delivery to telephone advice. We would be grateful if…

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Urgenda: the urgent agenda

Scots lawyers should consider what may follow from the Dutch Supreme Court ruling, requiring Government action to avert the threats from climate change on human rights grounds. LSA`s Paul Brown discusses the Dutch Supreme Court ruling and using the law to tackle the climate emergency. Read the full article in the Journal here

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