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Applying for Guardianship at Scottish Courts

September 16, 2014 | Alison H |

Applying for Guardianship

Clients who come to us looking for advice on applying for Guardianship are often anxious that guardianship involves an application to the court and want to know what the Scottish Courts need. Most are unaware of the procedures and timescales involved and are surprised to learn their application has to be supported by three independent … Read More >>

Why is a Power of Attorney important?

September 12, 2014 | Alison H |

power of attorney important

In December 2013, Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, in partnership with our firm, launched the ‘Start the Conversation’ campaign to raise awareness of the importance of Powers of Attorney. You may have noticed television adverts and a social media campaign encouraging all members of the public to discuss Powers of Attorney … Read More >>

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 and RSLs

September 2, 2014 | Jim |

Housing Scotland Act 2014

The Housing Scotland Act 2014 has now completed its passage through the Scottish Parliament. Royal Assent was granted on 1 August 2014. This Act will introduce significant changes to the rules which govern tenancies in the public sector in Scotland. Two parts have direct effect on social housing. Part 1 of the Act will lead … Read More >>

What happens at an Employment Tribunal?

August 19, 2014 | Marianne |

what happens at an employment tribunal

Do you know what happens at an Employment Tribunal? The Employment Tribunal procedure is designed to deal with claims brought against employers by employees, which have not been resolved by informal discussions or through the mandatory ACAS Early Conciliation procedure.  Although Employment Tribunal hearings are not as formal as court hearings, attending an Employment Tribunal can … Read More >>

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and RSLs

August 8, 2014 | Mark |

co-operative and community benefit societies

The new Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) came into force on 1 August 2014. The 2014 Act affects some existing societies, and changes how new societies are registered by:- replacing the “industrial and provident society” legal form with two new legal forms:- co-operative society community benefit society repealing and replacing … Read More >>

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

August 6, 2014 | Mark |

community empowerment (Scotland) Bill

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill proposes amending Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which will enable certain bodies to buy abandoned or neglected land and to make such land work for the benefit of the community. The Bill will allow communities to identify any public sector land or buildings that they feel … Read More >>

Landlord legal rights – accessing property

July 25, 2014 | TC Young |

Landlord legal rights - accessing property

One of the most frequent problems faced by landlords is how they access a property when their tenant refuses to let them in.  This is more common when the landlord, tenant relationship has broken down!  What are landlord legal rights – accessing property is always a tricky issue.  Routine Access Most Tenancies should have a … Read More >>

Landlords: how to prepare for court appearances

July 23, 2014 | Jim |

how to prepare for court appearances

Unfortunately it’s not like it appears on TV – the reality of the court system in Scotland is very different and here we give landlords 5 tips on how to prepare for court appearances. Sometimes it feels as if I’ve spent most of my life in court, but for landlords raising their own eviction or payment … Read More >>

Vulnerable Adults: Deprivation of Liberty

July 3, 2014 | Alison H |

Deprivation of Liberty

There is urgent need for advice and guidance following a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court which means that far more vulnerable adults than previously realised may have suffered a deprivation of liberty.  It also calls into question the use of standard procedures of moving people into nursing homes. The case concerned the rights of … Read More >>

Zero hours contracts: change is in the air…

June 30, 2014 | Marianne |

Zero hours contracts

The Government made an announcement that they will be clamping down on the use of zero hours contracts and putting an outright ban on the use of exclusivity clauses within these contracts in the Small Businesses Bill which will be pushed through before the general election in 2015. The term zero hours is not defined … Read More >>