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Criminal Defence

Woodward Lawson are able to provide a high level of personal guidance throughout all forms of criminal prosecution in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland. We provide expert representation in all types of criminal cases in the High Court, Sheriff or Justice of the Peace Courts.

Civil Litigation

Woodward Lawson represent clients in a broad range of civil court cases, both in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.

Contractual Disputes

Contracts form the backbone of daily life in any business. Occasionally, difficulties arise in relation to what was actually agreed and disputes occur if one party does not do what the other expects them to do.

Guardianship & Incapacity

We have significant experience in relation to Guardianship applications both from the perspective of raising applications for Guardianship and also in opposing such applications in disputed cases. Ian Woodward-Nutt also regularly acts as a Court appointed reporter in relation to Guardianship cases.

Building Disputes

Whether you are a builder seeking payment for works which have run into difficulties or a client receiving possible defective building work, it is best to seek our advice at the earliest possible juncture.

Road Traffic Offences

Road Traffic Law forms part of the Criminal Law that is a broad and technically complicated area. If you have been charged by the police or have received papers intimating a criminal prosecution for an alleged road traffic offence, it is important to take advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

Debt Collection

Every business encounters debtors from time to time and this can seriously affect important cash flow. At Woodward Lawson, we provide a robust one-stop service from seven day letters to pursuing court action in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.

Property & Boundary Disputes

Few aspects of life can cause such concern as a neighbour asserting rights over your land or preventing you from doing something on their land that you thought you had a right to do.

Family, Divorce & Children

The breakdown of a relationship, be it marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation, leads to all manner of financial worries and practical difficulties as the inevitable change in your personal circumstances occurs. This is especially so if there are children involved and major assets require to be divided.

Road Haulage Representation

Woodward Lawson are pleased to offer representation in all matters concerning road haulage and transport law.

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News & Comment

Sociable Workers

15 April 2014

From Orkney Isles comes the recent case of Shields v Crossroads. The circumstances are that the pursuer became involved in an affair which came to an end. Nothing remotely unusual about that, you might say. However, the affair was with her social worker, and regrettably, as a result of its ending, the pursuer suffered serious injury to her mental health. As a result, she sued her former lover’s employers on the basis that they were under a duty to protect her against their employee’s conduct, namely, having an affair with her because he was her social worker.

Crossroads maintained that it was not fair, just or reasonable for there to be any such duty owed by them and further, there was no duty on the social worker himself to refrain from having a relationship with his client in the circumstances of this case. There was also no evidence to suggest that either party had not willingly and freely agreed to their course of action. The Court did not make any award of damages.

It considered that there was no basis to impose such a duty because the pursuer went into a relationship as a willing partner at a time when she was, in law, deemed to be fully capable of so doing. Clearly, with vulnerable adults or children, the law might expect more stringent safeguards