Category Archives: Commercial

Changes to Third Party Rights in Scotland: What’s the Impact?

March 8, 2018 | Eileen Barr |

Changes to Third Party Rights

Generally, a contract only gives rights and obligations to the people that are a party to it. However, there are circumstances where contracts can create third party rights. In Scotland, these ‘third party rights’ were often criticised as the law around them was unclear and inflexible. To change this the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Act … Read More >>

Less Action, More Waiting? Are Action Plans tackling our targets?

March 6, 2018 | Rachel Munro |

Less Action, More Waiting? Are Action Plans tackling our targets?

What is an Action Plan? The Assessment of the Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 created a somewhat advanced form of an Energy Performance Certificate, known as both a section 63 Assessment but more commonly known as an Action Plan. When do you need an Action Plan? Action Plans apply to non-domestic buildings … Read More >>

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax – Three Year Alert

February 8, 2018 | Christine |

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) replaced Stamp Duty Land Tax on 1st April 2015. As well as being the duty payable on the price or consideration for the purchase of residential and commercial land and properties in Scotland, its introduction affected taxation on the grant of non residential leases. In circumstances where a return in … Read More >>

A new servitude? The servitude of parking…

September 12, 2017 | Christine |

servitude

Some years ago the House of Lords decided in a case Moncrieff -v- Jamieson that parking could be implied as a right running alongside a servitude right of way.  Given this acceptance that parking could be an adjunct to a servitude right of way that seemed to lead on to the possibility that parking could … Read More >>

Re-introduction of Pursuers’ offers in Scotland

September 11, 2017 | Neil Matheson |

In Scotland, if you have raised a court action against another person for recovery of a sum of money then you are known as the “Pursuer” and the person you have taken to court becomes known as the “Defender”. Defenders in court actions have been able to take advantage of formal offers of settlement for … Read More >>

Do you know your Knotweed?

August 29, 2017 | Christine |

knotweed

In Scotland having Japanese knotweed growing on land belonging to you is not of itself against the law.  That said, there is now legislation regarding the spread of Japanese knotweed and requirements on a heritable proprietor not to allow this non-native species to spread.  Penalties for ignoring such legislation are significant with fines running into … Read More >>

Windows and Skylights – What is part of a roof?

August 23, 2017 | Christine |

What is part of a roof

Are Velux windows and skylights part of a roof?  We explore the interesting case of Waelde -v- Ulloa and ask the question – what is part of a roof? The Background A single dwellinghouse in Edinburgh had been converted into three flats – top, middle and bottom.   The skylight and velux windows which had later … Read More >>

Conditional Performance Bonds v On Demand Performance Bonds

March 22, 2017 | Lauren |

Performance Bonds

“The name is Bond…..” Employers under construction contracts often try to protect themselves against the risk of loss from a variety of events by asking the contractor for a performance bond. A performance bond is a form of security provided by a third party, usually a bank or insurance company, guaranteeing the obligations of the … Read More >>

Procurement Strategy – What RSLs Need to Know

January 12, 2017 | Lauren |

procurement strategy

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 requires all public bodies (including RSLs) to publish a procurement strategy, where their expenditure on regulated procurements for the next financial year will be at least £5m. All eligible public bodies were required to publish their first strategy by 31 December 2016. Public bodies must also notify the Scottish … Read More >>

Scottish Land Fund for Community Ownership in Scotland

December 1, 2016 | Alison B |

Scottish land fund

On 22 April 2016, further legislation augmenting and transforming rights and responsibilities governing land ownership in Scotland entered into force.Furthering the Scottish Government’s aim of bringing an intended million acres of land into community ownership, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 makes further provisions designed to engage communities in decision making and facilitate community ownership. … Read More >>

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