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Scottish planning obligations: modification and discharge ‚Äď the story so far‚Ä©

December 2013 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Brodies LLP.

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Planning obligations1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. ‚Ä©

The Taylor Report: worth 
the wait?

November 2013 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Brodies LLP.

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The long-awaited Review of Expenses and funding of civil litigation (The Taylor Report) was published on 11 September 2013. This independent review by the former Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, James Taylor, began in March 2011 and culminated in a report detailing 85 recommendations that are designed to improve ‚Äėaccess to justice in a meaningful way'. The report does not seek to set out a trailblazing and radical set of reforms but rather concentrates on adapting and amending the current arrangements, albeit with some new and interesting approaches. ‚Ä©

Offshore oil and gas safety directive now 
in force

October 2013 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Brodies LLP.

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In the wake of the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the new EU directive in respect of safety of offshore oil and gas operations is now in force and a timescale has been fixed for it to be transposed into UK law by UK legislation. It sets out the minimum conditions for safe offshore oil and gas operations and for reducing the consequences of any major accidents that occur. The Directive will apply to future offshore oil and gas installations and operations and, after a slightly longer transitional period, will also apply to existing installations. ‚Ä©

Legal professional privilege in Scotland and elsewhere

September 2013 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Brodies LLP.

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As readers of this magazine will know, legal professional privilege (LPP) is a shorthand expression for the main category of information that a court may not compel a party to produce, even if it would be relevant to a matter before the court.‚Ä©

This article summarises the status of LPP in Scots law (including the extent to which that is consistent with the approach taken in England and Wales), discusses some of the basics of LPP (including by reference to recent Supreme Court jurisprudence on the issue), and outlines the key issues most relevant to in-house practitioners.‚Ä©