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The Budget 2015: How inheritance tax changes affect you

July 9, 2015 | TC Young |

inheritance tax changes

The Budget announcement saw the Chancellor George Osborne unveil inheritance tax changes to the current regime. George Osborne confirmed that the inheritance tax threshold is set to increase from £325,000 to £500,000 for a single person and from £650,000 to £1million for a married couple or civil partnership. What is the current Inheritance Tax regime? … Read More >>

Employment implications of the 2015 budget

July 9, 2015 | Marianne |

employment implications of the 2015 budget

The Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Conservative Budget in almost 20 years this week and there were some interesting announcements which will have employment implications. Here is a summary of the main points: A new National Living Wage will be introduced for all workers over the age of 25. This will replace the current … Read More >>

New Housing Tribunal for the Private Rented Sector

July 9, 2015 | TC Young |

Housing Tribunal for the Private Rented Sector

The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 received royal assent on 15 April 2014. The Act essentially creates a framework for housing tribunal reform, and will be implemented in three phases. The first phase sees the creation of a new housing chamber, which will incorporate the current work of the Private Rented Housing Panel and Home Owner … Read More >>

Is rent in advance a tenancy deposit?

July 1, 2015 | TC Young |

Is rent in advance a tenancy deposit?

We are often asked – is rent in advance a tenancy deposit? In the English case of Johnson and Ors v Old, Mrs Old paid 6 months rent in advance. Mrs Old subsequently claimed as her defence to repossession proceedings that the advance payment constituted a deposit and should therefore have been paid into a … Read More >>

Eviction appeals are not second chances

June 25, 2015 | Jim |

eviction appeals

In January 2015, Sheriff Wood heard three rent arrear actions in which clients sought decree for eviction, payment and expenses. Despite the tenants being represented and submitting various explanations for non-payment, Sheriff Wood was satisfied that it was reasonable to grant decree in all three cases. All three cases were appealed to the Sheriff Principal. … Read More >>

Parental Rights and Responsibilities

June 23, 2015 | Lynne |

Parental rights and responsibilities

So just what are parental rights and responsibilities? Parents have the responsibility to look after their children: – to help them to be healthy – encourage their growth, development and welfare – to ensure attendance at school and an opportunity to develop to their full potential Parents have the responsibility and the right to say … Read More >>

Working Time Directive and Mobile Workers

June 22, 2015 | Marianne |

Working Time Directive

An opinion was given in a case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which will interest a number of our clients who have workers who travel regularly as part of their role. The Working Time Directive (the Directive), defines “working time” as any period during which the worker is working, is at the employer’s disposal … Read More >>

Financial support following bereavement

June 19, 2015 | admin |

Financial support following bereavement

The loss of a loved one can leave families facing a period of financial hardship but there can be financial support following bereavement . The State offers death benefits which could make things easier. There are currently three potential benefits available – Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance & Widowed Parents Allowance. Bereavement Payment: If your spouse or … Read More >>

Counter Grievance during Disciplinary Process

June 16, 2015 | Marianne |

Counter Grievance

A question which I am often asked is, “how do we deal with an employee who has raised a counter grievance during disciplinary proceedings”?  This is a common occurrence and an issue which many employers are faced with. Having received notification that they are subject to disciplinary proceedings, many employees react to this news by … Read More >>

Life as a Trainee at TC Young

June 12, 2015 | Neil Matheson |

Life as a Trainee

I recently began my traineeship with TC Young. I have joined the busy court department and I am enjoying working as a trainee solicitor. Although I have only been at TC Young for a short time, I feel that I have learnt a lot already. TC Young offers a unique experience compared to other firms … Read More >>