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What is an executor in a Will?

March 27, 2014 | Alison H |

The death of a loved one can be a very stressful and confusing time.  At a moment when you are grieving you may also be faced with making important arrangements, such as what is an executor in a Will? We know how hard it is to navigate your way through the process at such an … Read More >>

Changes to Industrial and Provident Societies in 2014

March 24, 2014 | Alison B |

Industrial and Provident Societies Act

Organisations which operate primarily for the benefit of the community, such as Registered Social Landlords, have the opportunity to register under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, rather than under the Companies Acts. A number of changes aimed at modernising the law which applies to Industrial and Provident Societies are set to come into force … Read More >>

High Hedges (Scotland) Act comes into force 1 April 2014

March 19, 2014 | Alison B |

high hedges (scotland) act

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act comes into force on 1st April 2014 for those who are fed up with their neighbour’s overgrown privet blocking their sunlight: Under the High Hedges Bill, individuals will be able to approach their local authority for assistance if they are unable to come to an amicable solution with their neighbour, in … Read More >>

Is the Scottish Housing Market finally warming up?

March 14, 2014 | Alison H |

As well as longer days and warmer weather, Spring traditionally brings with it an upturn in the Scottish housing market. However we all know that since the economic downturn hit in 2008, the number of properties changing hands has declined rapidly and the market has been stagnant for many years. Signs of life? Although the … Read More >>

Are you ready for mandatory Early Conciliation?

March 7, 2014 | Marianne |

mandatory early conciliation

Are you ready for Acas’ mandatory early conciliation service that launches on the 6th April 2014 and will change the way in which individuals raise an Employment Tribunal claim? Employees contemplating raising an Employment Tribunal claim, when issues cannot be resolved in the workplace, will be required to contact Acas first and engage in mandatory … Read More >>

Can an employer reject the decision of an appeal panel?

February 28, 2014 | Marianne |

Can an employer reject the decision of an appeal panel?

Can an employer reject the decision of an appeal panel?  A decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that there will be circumstances where it is fair for an employer to reject the decision of an appeal panel and proceed to dismiss an employee.  We take a look at the case and how … Read More >>

Housing Bill – changes to Short Scottish Secure Tenancies

February 26, 2014 | Jim |

short scottish secure tenancies

The Housing Bill is proposing significant changes to the law relating to many aspects of social housing including Short Scottish Secure Tenancies. One significant part of the Housing (Scotland) Bill deals with proposed changes to the regime of Short Scottish Secure Tenancies (SSSTs). The Housing Bill proposes: New grounds for creating SSSTs New provision for … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Scottish landlord loses appeal

February 18, 2014 | TC Young |

Tenancy Deposit Scheme - Scottish landlord loses appeal

Tenancy Deposit Scheme – Scottish landlord loses appeal against a decision made at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to hold them liable to pay their tenant three times the deposit taken, after their tenant took them to court over having failed to lodge their deposit in a tenancy deposit scheme. In the case of Tenzin v Russell … Read More >>

What is a limited company?

February 14, 2014 | TC Young |

What is a limited company?

What is a limited company? The limited company is the most common business vehicle in use in the UK. It must be incorporated (registered) at Companies House and, once incorporated, the limited company becomes a separate legal entity, distinct from its shareholders, directors and employees. In considering whether this is the best business vehicle for … Read More >>

Who legally owns the Attic Space in Scottish Tenements?

February 12, 2014 | Christine |

Who legally owns the Attic Space in Scottish Tenements?

Who legally owns the attic space in Scottish Tenements?  The ownership and maintenance of the attic space and roof of a tenement block can – and following reports within the local Edinburgh press, obviously does – cause significant confusion for flat owners. Despite statements to the contrary, the legal position relating to these parts of … Read More >>