Stress in the workplace – the legal implications

June 14, 2013 | Marianne |

stress in the workplace

Most of us have days at work where we feel under pressure because of deadlines. However there are many people whose work and personal lives are adversely affected by the stress in the workplace. Further to a recent blog on workplace stress audits, we take a brief look at the legal implications for employers in … Read More >>

Public Procurement in Scotland

June 11, 2013 | Lauren |

public procurement in Scotland

The Scottish Government is still working on its proposed Procurement Reform Bill and recently issued an update on progress. Does this mean all change for public procurement in Scotland? It was hoped that the draft Bill would be introduced to Parliament in advance of the summer recess 2013. However, the Government has confirmed that the … Read More >>

Using bankruptcy to recover debt in Scotland

June 7, 2013 | Jim |

Bankruptcy to recover debt

Where a decree has been awarded in favour of a creditor and payment is not forthcoming after a charge for payment has been issued, a creditor may consider applying to make the debtor bankrupt to recover sums due. How can you use bankruptcy to recover debt in Scotland? If a debtor is declared bankrupt, their full … Read More >>

Stress at work – can a stress audit help?

June 5, 2013 | David Craigie The Craigie Partnership |

stress audit

There are at least 3 reasons why we need to take the issue of stress at work seriously and show the importance of a stress audit: 1. The Business Reason: The 2012 CIPD Absence Management Survey identified stress as the top cause for long term absence in manual and non-manual workers.  As absence is estimated … Read More >>

Changes to letting agent adverts

June 1, 2013 | TC Young |

letting agent adverts

Earlier LetLaw blogged about new rules requiring Scottish landlords to include the energy rating from an Energy Performance Certificate  on their adverts for let. As of 1st June 2013, all landlords in Scotland are going to have to expand the word count on their adverts with yet more changes to legislation on letting agent adverts. … Read More >>

Home Owner Housing Panel in Scotland

May 30, 2013 | Alison B |

home owner housing panel

The Home Owner Housing Panel (HoHp) was established by the Property Factors Act 2011 to act as a dispute resolution mechanism for problems between homeowners and their factors. The HoHp are now actively receiving complaints from homeowners alleging that their property manager has failed to meet their factoring duties or has failed to comply with … Read More >>

Bedroom tax and the increase in rent arrears

May 28, 2013 | Jim |

My last few blogs have touched on the subject of the “bedroom tax”.  The relevant regulations came into force on 1st April and the topic has continued to dominate the housing debate particularly regarding rent arrears. The new topic is bedroom tax and increase in rent arrears. Over the last few weeks it is clear … Read More >>

Can a court intervene in financial affairs?

May 24, 2013 | Alison H |

Can a court intervene in financial affairs

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 authorises a Sheriff to take steps on behalf of a person who has lost capacity to act for himself. The Sheriff must be satisfied that it is appropriate to intervene in the Adult’s  financial affairs in terms of the principals of the Act. So when can a court … Read More >>

Consumer Credit Regulation: why RSLs can’t ignore changes

May 21, 2013 | Len |

Consumer credit regulation

In March 2013, HM Treasury published its consultation on transferring consumer credit regulation from the Office of Fair Trading to the Finance Conduct Authority on 1 April 2014 to create a “tougher and more pro-active” regulatory regime. When that happens authorisation, monitoring and supervision is likely to be more rigorous and costly for RSLs. Fascinating.  … Read More >>

How can Employers Avoid a Constructive Dismissal Claim

May 17, 2013 | Marianne |

constructive dismissal claim

Constructive dismissal has become “sexy” following the highly publicised tribunal decision in the case of Stella English v Amshold Group Limited. Miss English (2010 winner of The Apprentice), brought a claim of constructive dismissal claim against her employer, Lord Sugar’s company, stating that she had no choice but to resign as she had no real … Read More >>