January 2016

In addition to the work highlighted below, we also submitted evidence on the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill and the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill.  We also submitted stage 1 briefing on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill and the charity law sub-committee responded to an OSCR consultation on its draft Charity Trustee Guidance.  Full information on all of these and more on our website.

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Tim Musson, convener of our Privacy Law Committee gave oral evidence to Westminster’s Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill on 14 December, and we submitted written evidence on 22 December.  We have serious concerns in relation to legal professional privilege and the provisions of the Bill.  Legal professional privilege is key to the rule of law and is essential to the administration of justice.   It  should be expressly protected in the proposed legislation and the proposal to protect it through a code of practice is not satisfactory.  We have called for the UK Government to clarify their reasoning as to why there is no such protection. 

Our full response and a link to the oral evidence session can be found on our website