Thursday 5 September 2013

UK: Scotland: Scottish Government programme for 2013-2014

The Scottish Government's 2013-14 programme was announced earlier this week: see here. Amongst the proposed Bills are two worth noting here: the Conclusion of Contracts Bill and the Bankruptcy Consolidation Bill. The purpose of the former, according to the Scottish Government, is to make it easier for companies formally to sign and conclude contracts and use e-mail as part of the process. Recommendations to this effect were made earlier this year by the Scottish Law Commission in its report Formation of Contract: Execution in Counterpart.

The purpose of the second Bill is to update Scotland's bankruptcy legislation in order to make it, in the words of the Scottish Government, more readable and accessible. Consolidation of bankruptcy legislation was recommended by the Scottish Law Commission earlier this year: see here.

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