Can you evict a drug dealing tenant?

February 23, 2015 | Jim |

can you evict a drug dealing tenant

One of the most significant changes being proposed under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 is the removal of the “reasonableness” defence where a landlord seeks eviction based on the tenant being the subject of a conviction in respect of a criminal offence committed in or in the locality of the tenancy. How difficult will it … Read More >>

How can Collaborative Law help?

February 19, 2015 | Vivien Riddell |

collaborative law

The collaborative law process offers separating couples a non-confrontational way of agreeing the legal and practical arrangements for their separation and divorce. By reaching agreement in a collaborative way, couples are able to come to a good arrangement together through supported discussions. At its simplest, the collaborative process is all about reaching solutions together.  Sometimes … Read More >>

Obesity and Disability Discrimination

February 16, 2015 | Marianne |

Obesity and disability discrimination

A recent Northern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (Bickerstaff v Butcher) made a unanimous decision that the claimant was disabled and upheld his claim of harassment. So how does this affect obesity and disability discrimination? Mr Bickerstaff worked at Randox Laboratories in Co Antrim where he said he was harassed by colleagues, in particular Mr Butcher, because … Read More >>

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax – Update on Leases

February 6, 2015 | Christine |

land and buildings transaction tax

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is a charge on land transactions in Scotland. It is accepted that LBTT will replace Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Scotland for most land transactions with an effective date of on or after 1 April 2015. LBTT will make significant changes to the way returns are completed for … Read More >>

The Freedom of Information Act is 10 years old!

February 3, 2015 | Lauren |

freedom of information act

The Freedom of Information (“FOI”) (Scotland) Act 2002 came into force on 1 January 2005 and creates an entitlement to receive information held by a public authority upon request. The Act applies to public bodies including the Scottish Government and local authorities. However, the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act have never been extended … Read More >>

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Update

January 21, 2015 | Isabel |

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Update

As we have discussed in recent blogs, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of property is to be replaced in Scotland by the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). The change is due to come into force on 1st April 2015. So what will this land and buildings transaction tax update mean … Read More >>

Fit for Work service – ready for change?

January 21, 2015 | Marianne |

Fit for work service

The Department for Work and Pensions has finally publishing guidance for employers about the long awaited Fit for Work service. Here we look at what the service provides and what it will mean for employers and employees. Presently, more than 130 million days annually are lost to sickness absence at a cost to the economy … Read More >>

Search for a trainee – a view from the other side

January 14, 2015 | angie |

Trainee recruitment is a part of my job I really enjoy.   I love meeting new people and trying to find someone that I think will bring an extra dimension, while assessing whether they will work well alongside the existing team. Our latest search for a trainee produced nearly 100 applicants.  But of that 100, how … Read More >>

Scottish Powers of Attorney confirmed to be valid

January 12, 2015 | Alison H |

Scottish Powers of Attorney

Last year, we explained how a decision from Glasgow Sheriff Court raised concerns that many Scottish Powers of Attorney could, in fact, be invalid. In that case, Sheriff Baird at Glasgow decided that a Power of Attorney granted in favour of a bank was not valid as the wording used in the document did not … Read More >>

Employment and HR New Year Resolutions

January 8, 2015 | Marianne |

Employment and HR

As January is the time for make resolutions and setting goals in our personal lives, it might be an idea to do the same in our professional lives also. So many things go to the bottom of a to-do list and can be forgotten easily. So what are your employment and HR New Year resolutions? … Read More >>