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Scots Law Tales

Edited by John Grant, Elaine E. Sutherland

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Reveals the stories behind the most important and memorable cases in Scottish legal history

From the huge miscarriage of justice against Oscar Slater to the Lockerbie trial; from the decomposing snail in bottle of ginger beer to allegations of high jinks by a prominent politician; from unplanned pregnancy to switching off life support; from McCaig's folly at Oban to the lettering 'EIIR' on pillar boxes, and from St Ninian's Treasure in Shetland to allegations of ritual child abuse in Orkney, Scots Law Tales brings a number of leading cases from the Scottish courts to life. Telling the stories behind some of the most memorable cases from the 100 years, it captures the personalities involved, the events leading up to the case, what the court decided and why, and the role that the case played in the development of its area of law.


1. A Knock at the Door. Sloan v B: the Orkney Case, Elaine E Sutherland
2. A Flag in the Wind. MacCormick v Lord Advocate, Gavin Little
3. A Great Miscarriage of Justice. Oscar Slater, Clare Connelly
4. Bringing Up Catherine. McFarlane v Tayside Health Board, Kenneth McK Norrie
5. The Snail in the Ginger Beer Float. Donohue v Stevenson, Elspeth Reid
6. Lawyers, Who Needs Them? Sheridan v News International, Alistair Bonnington
7. St Ninian’s Isle Treasure. Lord Advocate v University of Aberdeen and Budge, David L Carey Miller
8. Giving Up or Letting Go. Law Hospital NHS Trust v Lord Advocate, Sheila A M McLean
9. Folly, Guilt and More Folly. The McCaig Cases, Robert Rennie
10. Spare the Rod. Campbell and Cousins v United Kingdom, Kathleen Marshall
11. Not Our Finest Hour. The Lockerbie Trial, John P Grant

About the Author

John P. Grant is Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Glasgow

Elaine E. Sutherland is Professor of Child & Family Law at the University of Stirling. She began her academic career in law at the University of Edinburgh, later moving to the University of Glasgow. She joined the Law School at Stirling University in 2006 as Professor of Child and Family Law and has been a Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon since 1999. She has written extensively on child and family law in Scotland and abroad.