Aberdein Considine expands with Edinburgh merger

Combined business will employ more than 480 staff

Johnston Clark to step down as Blackadders managing partner

Emma Gray and Ryan McKay appointed as joint managing partners

Five new partners appointed at Harper Macleod

Two of the promotions joined firm as trainees

Michael Collins returns to BTO in senior role

Lawyer joins Property and Professional Liability team

Government addresses legal aid access fears

Telephone helpline highlighted in House of Lords debate

DWF strengthens its team with senior appointments

Two new directors head up firm's list of hires in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Burness Paull appoints financial expert as partner

Jamie Gray joins law firm

Michael Flett joins MCM as Associate Director

Firm makes senior appointment after first year in business

Six senior promotions at Clyde & Co

Lawyers step up to become legal directors

Victim protection the focus of new justice proposals

Consultation opens on reforms including anonymity and specialist courts

No "right" to civil legal aid, Inner House rules

Board entitled to apply reasonableness test regarding proposed FOI appeal

Planning changes to help car charging, outdoor seating

Ministers propose relaxing rules around some developments and use changes