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She leans across, touches your arm, inclined head, and with lowered voice, asks, Are you okay? You want the hand off your arm, but that won’t happen until you answer, might not happen even then. So you rush through the possibilities of how bad you must look for someone…


This post is in response to a couple of queries I have had about assessing legislative drafting for undergraduate LLB students. …


Freedom of expression options to Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

1. My name is Scott Wortley. I am a lecturer in law at the University of Edinburgh and have a particular interest in issues relating to legislation and statutory interpretation.

2. I note the proposals which have been…


COvid restrictions on gatherings and movement — Scotland

I thought it might be useful to incorporate today’s amendments into the existing law to have them in one place pending the changes being added on the legislation.gov.uk website.

The main Scottish regulations for level 4 are here https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/344/schedule/5.

The amendments are…


21 December 1988

Remembering can be hard. Memories you cannot move, unwanted. No matter how you wish they were gone. And there are those memories you reach for, where there are shadows in the corners of your eyes, always there, just out of focus. And there are those that are not memories. Where…


one of the difficulties in keeping up to speed on the Coronavirus regulations is that even after a consolidation of regulations in one text, they are often swiftly amended by others.

The current consolidated text is in The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/ 279)…


I have posted a few threads on twitter recently which have tried to explain a little about the differentiation between policy issues and drafting issues in legislation. …


The floating charge is a statutory creation in Scotland — the law is currently found in Companies Act 1985, ss 462–466. …


The referendum vote to leave the European Union raises a number of complex legal questions, some of which are going to be addressed in the upcoming litigation considering whether Parliament must be involved in the decision to trigger Article 50. …

Scott Wortley

Law lecturer. Interest in Scots property law, conveyancing, debt and insolvency, statutory interpretation and legislation.

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