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.

Divorce, Separation & Cohabitation

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 major assets which 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

Fair Weather Athletes?

16 April 2015

It has been a mild winter this year and that has meant that all us budding athletes (perhaps, overripe is a better description these days) have had no excuses for interrupting our running training. But, just when it seemed safe to go out, a case gives a reminder of the obligations on those brave souls who attempt to co-ordinate group sporting activities. In the case of Cox v Dundee City Council, there was an outdoor training exercise in relation to junior rugby.

Firstly, there was a warm-up before, what the organisers termed would be, “dynamic skills exercises” (using management-speak which would doubtless have left the late Bill McLaren momentarily speechless). Nevertheless, we will never know from the report of the case what such exercises were because one of the participants sustained a nasty fracture to his left foot when side-stepping during the warm-up. What were the duties encumbent on the organisers with regards to underfoot conditions?

It was agreed that prior to any training session, a risk assessment of ground conditions was required and if there were any parts of the training area which were frozen or uneven or rutted, then the ground was unsuitable. The risk either had to be removed, blocked off or if this could not be satisfactorily done, the exercise cancelled. That would doubtless be unpopular, and you cannot help but think that rugby players boast about taking risks on the chin, but it is best to err on the side of caution if you are organizing such team sports.