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Are actions of Division and Sale fair?

May 23, 2014 | Christine |

Are actions of Division and Sale fair?

So are actions of division and sale fair? If one or more persons have title to a property in Scotland all of them need to consent if there is to be a sale of that property.  If the parties cannot agree on a sale or one or more of them simply “disappears” then Scots law … Read More >>

Could your Power of Attorney be invalid?

May 21, 2014 | Alison H |

Could your Power of Attorney be invalid?

Could your Power of Attorney be invalid? We were recently consulted by two clients wishing to apply for Guardianship of Mrs W, who had lost capacity to act on her own behalf. The application was sent to The Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”), who advised that they already held a Continuing Power of Attorney for … Read More >>

Power of Attorney: Banking on better service

May 16, 2014 | Alison H |

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is often essential when a loved one loses mental capacity or is vulnerable is some way, as it is often the case that they is no longer able to make his own decisions. This can be a distressing and stressful time for all concerned.  However, if a person has a Power of … Read More >>

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland

May 13, 2014 | Christine |

The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 (“LBTT Act”) might not sound exciting, but as the first tax Act to be passed by a Scottish Parliament in over 300 years it is certainly noteworthy for those with an interest in Scottish residential or commercial property. Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) is one … Read More >>

Bedroom Tax, the final chapter?

May 7, 2014 | Jim |

Bedroom Tax, the final chapter?

April 2013 saw the introduction of changes to housing benefit which were dubbed the “bedroom tax”. Over the course of the last 14 months our blogs have provided information on the introduction of these rules, the challenges to them and the cases which have been decided by tribunals. So is this Bedroom Tax, the final … Read More >>

Dismissing employees: what can we learn from Moyes’s dismissal?

April 24, 2014 | Marianne |

Dismissing employees

Dismissing employees: What can we learn from the very public sacking of Manchester United manager David Moyes?  This has made me think about the manner in which many employers dismiss their staff. Although it can often seem like the best for both parties if the employment relationship can come to an end swiftly, it is … Read More >>

Public Procurement Changes in Scotland

April 23, 2014 | Len |

Public Procurement Changes in Scotland

In recent years there have been a number of public procurement changes in Scotland, most notably the introduction of the Procurement (Reform) Scotland Bill in October 2013 and three new EU Directives in February 2014. Public procurement in the UK and the rest of the EU is governed by European Directives and Regulations which are then … Read More >>

Does your tenancy agreement enable tenants to keep pets?

April 16, 2014 | Jim |

Does your tenancy agreement enable tenants to keep pets?

Does your tenancy agreement enable tenants to keep pets? In a case that attracted considerable media coverage, we were successful in a court action on behalf of one of our housing association clients which sought to remove pets from one of their tenant’s properties. We were instructed to raise the action as our clients were … Read More >>

Summer of sport – what this means for employers…

April 14, 2014 | Marianne |

Summer of sport

Although it may not seem like it, with the endless supply of grey skies, but the summer of sport is here! And this summer is shaping up to be an exciting one in terms of sporting events. The Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Wimbledon and the World Cup are taking place, to name but a few, … Read More >>

Flexible working employers guide

April 11, 2014 | Marianne |

flexible working

Some recent discussions has brought the matter of flexible working requests to the forefront of my mind, in particular how employers can get this wrong when a request is made. The key points around flexible working requests are: Employees must have 26 weeks continuous employment at the date the application is made. Employers have statutory … Read More >>