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Congratulations to our Emma Murdoch in qualifying


Emma is now our new qualified solicitor in our Children and Family Law department.

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Thorley Stephensons are delighted to welcome our two new trainees

Greg Smart will support Mark Thorley in our civil ordinary department and Duncan Roach will support Nicole Conroy in our children and Family Law department.

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Sentencing of Young People: What does the latest guideline mean for the Scottish criminal justice system?

The sentencing of young people in Scotland continually sparks a high level of controversy within Scots law. Whilst the severity of the offence is a major consideration in sentencing, the courts need to balance what is best for the individual and public safety. Along with this, there must be a focus on promoting the rehabilitation of the young person. To help courts with this decision, the Scottish Sentencing Council has finalised new guidelines for the sentencing of young people. This article answers common concerns with the new guidelines. 

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Looking to adopt a stepchild? Check out our latest guide

Adopting your stepchild can give them greater emotional and legal security. Our guide - Adopting a Stepchild: Where to Begin - explains how to gain parental rights and responsibilities to bring greater closeness to your family. 

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Can I claim for an e-scooter injury in Scotland?

In recent years, electric scooters (e-scooters) have surged in popularity and are now widely available to purchase, including from major retailers. However, there is considerable confusion around the legality of e-scooters in Scotland and the law on their use is far more restrictive than most private owners realise. Nevertheless, e-scooters continue to be used extensively and injuries related to them are on the rise. In particular, pedestrians are vulnerable to severe hurt should a collision occur, with some injuries even proving fatal.

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