The Scottish Government has published a Consultation on proposals to amend planning legislation to impose stricter controls over change of use of premises to betting and pay day lending offices. The proposals arise from concern over “levels of gambling and personal indebtedness and the prevalence of betting shops and premises selling high interest short term loans” and are part of the Scottish Government’s Action Plan on Pay Day Lending and Gambling. The planning system is devolved to the Scottish Parliament while direct regulation of gambling and financial services is reserved to the UK Parliament.
Anti windfarm campaigners have been encouraged by reporting of an appeal decision in relation to Barrel Law Windfarm in the Scottish Borders.
Paddy Power recently took the opportunity to inform customers of a data breach affecting 649,055 customers which occurred in 2010. In light of several large-scale data breaches (for example, Ebay and the Heartblead virus), this latest incident serves as a reminder to customers and business that cyber security should not be underestimated.
National House Building Council (NHBC) v John Penman and Elizabeth Penman  CSOH 120 considered whether the owners of JAD Homes Ltd (JAD) were liable for payment to the NHBC for costs incurred carrying out remedial works to defective properties and for compensation payable to the proprietors for the delay.
Following extensive conversations over the last 18 months, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation to clarify its position in relation to financial promotions on social media. The consultation seeks to inform the approach that firms should take when using social media for financial promotions.
The website of the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (the DPEA) is a mine of fascinating information – at least for the kind of person who can be fascinated by the DPEA website. It allows the user to find individual appeal decisions, but also to search by Case Type (planning permission, listed building consent etc) or Case Characteristics (housing, wind farm etc) or Case Status (decision issued, case withdrawn etc).
On 4 August, following the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) investigation into Associated Octel Corporation (subsequently known as Innospec), four former executives were sentenced for their roles in bribing state officials in Indonesia and Iraq.
The Inner House recently considered damages for wrongful interdict after interim interdict was granted based on deeds which were retrospectively amended.