Thursday, 6 September 2018

Stuart Campbell v Kezia Dugdale


Sheriff McGowan's decision, allowing a proof before answer in the defamation action raised by Stuart Campbell, author of the high profile political website Wings Over Scotland, against Kezia Dugdale, former leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, in which we act for the pursuer, is now published on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website. It sets out in detail the Sheriff's view of the issues arising and the reasons for his decision to refuse the defender's application to dismiss the case without hearing any evidence. The action will now proceed to a hearing of the evidence, probably some time next year.


*Update 17 September 2018: Ms. Dugdale's solicitors have lodged an appeal against Sheriff McGowan's decision, which will now proceed through the Sheriff Appeal Court.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Scottish Business Pledge

The Scottish Business Pledge is a partnership between Government and business and represents a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development. At the start of Living Wage Week, and as the Scottish Government announces that the living wage will rise to £8.75, we're proud to have been one of the first legal firms to sign up to the Pledge, which now has the public endorsement of over 400 companies across the country. You can find details of how to offer your support and make your own pledge here.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Leading firm, Commercial Litigation - Legal 500 2017


We are delighted that Legal 500 have again today ranked us as one of the country's leading commercial litigation firms. They comment:

"Commercial litigation boutique Halliday Campbell WS advises on contentious issues arising from various types of commercial agreements, including joint venture and consumer credit agreements. It also manages disputes associated with breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder actions and corporate governance. Other areas of strength include contentious insolvency, IP/IT and property. David Halliday and assistant Lynn McMahon are both Signet-accredited specialists in commercial litigation. Notwithstanding its size, the team is frequently instructed in high-value cases for clients active in sectors such as construction, retail and telecommunications."