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Business Development Mistakes

March 21, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Business Development Mistakes

“It’s in the diary.” “Let’s catch up over coffee.” These are typical phrases which are uttered when we hear the words – “business development.” What are we really looking to gain from having countless lunches and coffees with contacts we may not have seen or heard from in a while? The purpose In these uncertain … Read More >>

Your Rights as a Carer in Scotland

March 15, 2019 | Kirsty |

rights as a carer

There are many people who are providing care for loved ones in their own homes.  The Scottish Government recently circulated an updated Carers’ charter explaining the rights of adult carers or young carers in Scotland.  This came on the back of the introduction of new legislation, The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which came into effect … Read More >>

Top Tips: Practical aspects of registered Power of Attorney with a Bank

March 6, 2019 | Lynne |

You have been appointed as a Continuing (financial) Attorney and now need to trigger the powers granted to you. Check the document has been registered with the Public Guardian’s Office. The document requires to be registered to be operational. Check the powers you have been granted. Ensure you have specific powers to deal with managing … Read More >>

Changes to the Repairing Standard

March 1, 2019 | Ian Black |

Changes to the repairing standard

It is all change right now in the world of repairs for private landlords in Scotland. We recently saw new Gas Safety Regulations come into force on 6 April 2018 and more changes have been implemented with the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of the Repairing Standard) Regulations 2019. Please find below a summary of … Read More >>

Brexit – what are the employment implications for businesses?

February 28, 2019 | Marianne |

employment implications brexit

As we approach 29 March there are changing levels of uncertainty around what might happen when the UK leaves the European Union, it is a good time to consider what options your business might have to take ahead of a possible Brexit. The current position is that at 11pm on 29 March 2019 the United … Read More >>

Changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct: Factoring in the Equation

February 27, 2019 | Jane Mill |

changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct

Are you a Registered Social Landlord engaged in property factoring? Are your factoring practices robust and ready for upcoming changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct? The Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 is 6 years old and created a statutory framework providing protections for homeowners who receive services from a property factor. As part … Read More >>

Age Discrimination – a timely reminder of this issue

February 25, 2019 | Marianne |

Age discrimination

Earlier this month, Acas issued guidance on age discrimination and information for workplaces outlining important points for businesses to consider including steps to take to avoid age discrimination in the workplace and examples of how age discrimination might occur. Age is one of the nine protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010. This means that … Read More >>

In these increasingly health conscious times is it time for servitudes for recreational purposes?

February 18, 2019 | Stephanie Wood |

Servitudes

A servitude is a right that a landowner has over neighbouring property which allows the holder of the servitude (or benefitted proprietor) to do something with another person’s property, which would not normally be allowed. Whether created by a specific grant, by reservation, or indeed through uninterrupted use for the prescriptive period of 20 years … Read More >>

Clancy Docwra v E.On Energy Solutions – The Need for Consistency in Contracts

February 15, 2019 | Ainsley McKinlay |

The need for consistency in contracts

The recent case of Clancy Docwra Ltd v E.On Energy Solutions Ltd has highlighted the need for consistency between a contract and any additional documents appended to it. E.On appointed Clancy Docwra as a sub-contractor to excavate trenches for the installation of an underground district heating network. They had started the works when they encountered … Read More >>

Updated Model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement

February 13, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

model private residential tenancy agreement

The Scottish Government has recently published updated versions of the model Private Residential Tenancy Agreement, Easy Read Notes, and Statutory Terms Supporting Notes. This update takes account of changes to data protection laws, as well as other minor edits and clarifications. The new versions should be used going forward. You can access the updated information … Read More >>