What do I need to know when selling my property?

November 13, 2014 | Alison H |

selling my property

Are you considering selling your property but perhaps don?t know where to start or what paperwork may be required? Selling your property can be a stressful time. However, this process can be made less stressful if you know the issues which commonly arise during this process. So what are the common things to be aware … Read More >>

Procurement Reform: Could your Community Benefit?

November 10, 2014 | Lauren |

Procurement Reform

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 17 June 2014. It sits alongside existing public contracts regulations, and will increase regulation for public bodies seeking to award contracts for works, services and supplies. The Act applies where contracts have a value of ?50,000 or more, except works contracts where the threshold is ?2m. … Read More >>

Overtime and Holiday Pay – what should be included?

November 6, 2014 | Marianne |

Overtime and Holiday Pay

Overtime and holiday pay – do you currently consider overtime when processing holiday pay?? Earlier this week the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down the decision in the case of Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and found that employees? holiday pay may now need to be calculated to include any overtime. Before this ruling, voluntary overtime … Read More >>

Arranging Contact Post Separation

November 5, 2014 | Lynne |

arranging contact post separation

Arranging contact post?separation is important for children, to ensure they have an opportunity to see both parents. It can be difficult for parents to set aside their own feelings and make contact arrangements in the best interests of their children. Unfortunately, many parents are unable, or unwilling, to have direct contact with their former partner.?These … Read More >>

Landlords duties under the Immigration Act 2014

November 3, 2014 | TC Young |

Landlords duties under the immigration act

Do you know?what a private landlords duties under the Immigration Act 2014 are? The Immigration Act 2014 makes it more difficult for illegal migrants to live in the UK and addresses the small minority of private landlords who knowingly target and exploit illegal migrants. The Act means private landlords have duties under the immigration act … Read More >>

What happens when a tenant disappears?

October 28, 2014 | TC Young |

Picture the scene?? You notice that your tenant is behind in their rental payments. You go to the property to speak with them however the tenant has disappeared. You have a look through the letterbox, only to see a pile of unopened mail and a house that appears to have been abandoned. You reach the … Read More >>

Managing sickness absence during pregnancy

October 22, 2014 | Marianne |

managing sickness absence during pregnancy

Managing sickness absence during pregnancy – the recent news stories about the Duchess of Cambridge suffering from severe morning sickness in her second pregnancy have brought to mind the issue for employers and employees of sickness during pregnancy. Although Catherine is unlikely to face any disciplinary issues or be required to attend a back to … Read More >>

Refuse a Right to Buy application

October 13, 2014 | Alison B |

Refuse a Right to Buy application

The Right to Buy (RTB) process is littered with various time limits which are all too familiar to landlords. However, it seems to be that some landlords are willing to run the risk of losing stock through the Right to Buy when they don?t necessarily have to. So can housing associations refuse a Right to … Read More >>

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Scotland

October 10, 2014 | Isabel |

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Scotland

The Scottish Finance Secretary announced the rates at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Scotland will be charged. The New Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Scotland (LBTT), which replaces Stamp Duty (the lump-sum tax that anyone buying a property worth more than a certain amount is required to pay) for house purchases in Scotland from … Read More >>

Preservation of Real Burdens in Title Deeds ? Act Now!

October 8, 2014 | Christine |

preservation of real burdens in title deeds

To those who believe the legal profession to be a rather slow-moving and old fashioned beast it will come as something of a surprise to learn that we are about to enter a period of great upheaval in Scottish property law. Particularly in relation to the?preservation of real burdens in title deeds. Conveyancers are at … Read More >>