Category Archives: Private Client

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland

May 13, 2014 | Christine |

The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 (“LBTT Act”) might not sound exciting, but as the first tax Act to be passed by a Scottish Parliament in over 300 years it is certainly noteworthy for those with an interest in Scottish residential or commercial property. Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) is one … Read More >>

What is an executor in a Will?

March 27, 2014 | Alison H |

The death of a loved one can be a very stressful and confusing time.  At a moment when you are grieving you may also be faced with making important arrangements, such as what is an executor in a Will? We know how hard it is to navigate your way through the process at such an … Read More >>

High Hedges (Scotland) Act comes into force 1 April 2014

March 19, 2014 | Alison B |

high hedges (scotland) act

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act comes into force on 1st April 2014 for those who are fed up with their neighbour’s overgrown privet blocking their sunlight: Under the High Hedges Bill, individuals will be able to approach their local authority for assistance if they are unable to come to an amicable solution with their neighbour, in … Read More >>

Is the Scottish Housing Market finally warming up?

March 14, 2014 | Alison H |

As well as longer days and warmer weather, Spring traditionally brings with it an upturn in the Scottish housing market. However we all know that since the economic downturn hit in 2008, the number of properties changing hands has declined rapidly and the market has been stagnant for many years. Signs of life? Although the … Read More >>

TC Young support Sally Magnusson memoir

January 23, 2014 | Isabel |

TC Young support Sally Magnusson memoir

We are pleased to be supporting broadcaster Sally Magnusson in the launch of her new book, ‘Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything’. The book discusses her mother’s struggle with the illness and her family’s experience and gives a very personal insight into the effects of dementia on Sally’s family. Alzheimer Scotland have organised a  panel … Read More >>

Making a Will for a vulnerable adult

January 6, 2014 | TC Young |

Vulnerable adult

In a major appeal decision Sheriff Principal Kerr, North Strathclyde, has confirmed that Wills may be made for vulnerable adults with incapacity using powers under Part 6 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. Unlike the procedure for making “statutory Wills” in England, there is no explicit procedure for doing the same in Scotland. … Read More >>

Abolition of all guardianship and mental health laws?

October 31, 2013 | TC Young |

Law Society Guidance on Vulnerable Clients

Should guardianship and mental health laws be abolished? This is the proposal of a committee set up under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The same has also been proposed by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency. I believe these proposals are gravely discriminatory against some of the most vulnerable people … Read More >>

What happens when a buyer pulls out of a house sale?

August 6, 2013 | Christine |

what happens when a buyer pulls out of house sale

It is, thankfully, relatively unusual for a seller of a property to be faced with a buyer who pulls out of a house sale and refuses to fulfil their obligations under a contract. But it sometimes it does! So what happens when a buyer pulls out of a house sale? On the rare occasions that this … Read More >>

New Law Society Guidance on Vulnerable Clients

August 2, 2013 | TC Young |

Law Society Guidance on Vulnerable Clients

On 1 August 2013, the Law Society of Scotland published new guidance on “Vulnerable Clients”.  This guide looks at situations where a solicitor’s client may have impaired mental capacity or is vulnerable to being bullied into doing something.  A second set of guidance covers the risks relating to granting a Power of Attorney. New guidance … Read More >>

Ensure your factoring paperwork is legal

July 1, 2013 | Christine |

Ensure your factoring paperwork is legal

As a factor, how can you ensure your factoring paperwork is legal?  Should you use deeds of conditions or a written statement of services? The establishment of the Homeowner Housing Panel (HOHP), provides a forum for homeowners to challenge whether their property manager / factor has failed to carry out their factoring duties, or breached … Read More >>