Whitehouse & Clark v Lord Advocate 2019 SLT 1269
A 5-judge bench heard arguments in relation to (i) the existence, nature and extent of the Lord Advocate's immunity at common law; and (ii) alleged breaches of the pursuer's rights under Art. 8 ECHR. Submissions made on whether the Inner House decision in Hester v MacDonald 1961 SC 370 (i) was correctly decided; and (ii) should still stand. I drafted the Note of Arguments for Paul Clark, and contributed to the written submissions on prosecutorial immunity in Commonwealth and other jurisdictions. I carried out research on the principles underlying the immunity claimed by the Lord Advocate, including consideration of Roman Law and Mackenzie's "Law & Customs of Scotland in Matters Criminal" (1687) (following upon a suggestion from the Lord President).
Lowdean & Fairley v City of Edinburgh Council 2019 SLT 819
Two cyclists had accidents at different locations on Edinburgh tram tracks. Senior counsel (Simon di Rollo QC) and I pled their case on the basis that the layout, road markings and traffic conditions at the location of each accident were such that cyclists were required, encouraged and guided to cross the tram tracks at an acute angle, which created a hazard and posed a foreseeable risk of an accident, of which the defenders were aware. Following proof, Lady Wolffe agreeing with that approach and finding in favour of pursuers. Consideration of local authority's duties of care in terms of the Inner House decision of MacDonald v Aberdeenshire Council 2014 SC 114. Agents (Thompsons) have over a hundred such cases.
Pocock v Highland Council  CSIH 76
A tripping accident. Representing pursuer in reclaiming motion. Consideration of Macdonald v Aberdeenshire Council 2014 SC 114 etc. on the content of the duty of reasonable care; and McGraddie v McGraddie 2014 SC (UKSC) 12 etc. on powers of appeal court to review first instance decisions.
Smith v Sabre Insurance Co. Ltd.  CSOH 14
Defenders’ plea of res judicata in respect of credit hire charges claimed on behalf of pursuer/Accident Exchange Limited. Previous action for personal injuries had been raised in Stirling Sheriff Court in respect of the same road traffic accident. It was settled on tender and acceptance in sum of £4550. Pursuer then raised further action in Court of Session for around £30,000 of credit hire charges. Lord Bannatyne upholding plea of res judicata.
Vaickuviene v J. Sainsbury plc  CSOH 69
Fatal claim. Deceased was employed by defenders. He was murdered at work by a fellow employee, following a number of incidents of racist abuse. Case pled under Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Defenders argued that they could not be vicariously liable for the criminal act of their employee. Lady Clark of Calton allowing the case to proceed to proof before answer.