Abolition of all guardianship and mental health laws?

October 31, 2013 | TC Young |

Law Society Guidance on Vulnerable Clients

Should guardianship and mental health laws be abolished? This is the proposal of a committee set up under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The same has also been proposed by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency. I believe these proposals are gravely discriminatory against some of the most vulnerable people … Read More >>

Immigration Checks by landlords

October 18, 2013 | TC Young |

Landlords duties under the immigration act

There has been much speculation in the media regarding the proposed Immigration Bill, which will include duties to carry out immigration checks by landlords on prospective tenants. Although there were reports that these provisions would be scrapped, Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed her plans to press ahead with these. This is anticipated to become law … Read More >>

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill is Introduced

October 11, 2013 | Lauren |

The Procurement Reform Scotland Bill

The Procurement Reform Scotland Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 3 October 2013. Once it becomes law, the Act will exist alongside the current procurement regulations, but will make some fundamental changes in the way public contracts are procured in Scotland. Some of the main changes are: Increased regulation – supplies/services contracts with … Read More >>

Help to Buy Scotland creating housing bubble?

October 8, 2013 | Christine |

help to buy scotland

Will introducing ‘Help to Buy’ in Scotland take us down the route of another housing bubble? The controversy surrounding the Help to Buy Scheme south of the border has not prevented a similar government-backed scheme being introduced in Scotland. The Scottish Government announced investment of £220m over three years to provide financial assistance to eligible … Read More >>

TUPE Regulations – what are the changes?

September 20, 2013 | Marianne |

TUPE Regulations

Are you up to date with the changes in TUPE regulations? In November 2011, the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) published a call for evidence, seeking views on the effectiveness of the current TUPE regulations. This was on the basis that it was thought that the regulations “gold-plated” the EU Directive. Following this call … Read More >>

Tribunal decisions made on bedroom tax appeals

September 17, 2013 | Jim |

bedroom tax appeals

The ‘bedroom tax’ remains a topic of intense debate and public interest.  Recently we saw the first tribunal decisions relating to bedroom tax appeals by tenants and we have had the astonishing sight of a United Nations “rapporteur” visiting Britain and suggesting that the bedroom tax may breach human rights. A large protest also took … Read More >>

Grandparents rights to see grandchildren

September 13, 2013 | Lynne |

Grandparents rights to grandchildren

What are grandparents rights to see their grandchildren following the breakdown of a relationship?  While most parents have parental rights and responsibilities which allows them to seek a court order for contact with their children, what options are available to other family members who feel excluded from a child’s life? Applying for parental rights and … Read More >>

Procurement Regulations and Time-Barred Challenges

September 10, 2013 | Lauren |

Procurement Regulations

What do you know about procurement regulations and time barred challenges? The case of Nationwide Gritting Services Limited (NGS) against the Scottish Ministers sheds some light on the challenge timescales under procurement regulations, but unfortunately does little to provide comfort to contracting authorities embarking on procurement exercises. The 2006 regulations outlined that court proceedings for … Read More >>

Tenancy Deposit Scheme – court decisions

September 5, 2013 | TC Young |

tenancy deposit scheme

Two tenancy deposit scheme decisions issued by Edinburgh Sheriff Court have given some insight on how the courts are going to treat the sanctions available under the tenancy deposit scheme regulations in Scotland. In Fraser and Pease v Meehan, the landlord had failed to lodge the deposit with the scheme and provide the prescribed information. … Read More >>

Maternity leave and holidays

September 4, 2013 | Marianne |

Maternity leave and holidays

Do you know your rights regarding maternity rights and holidays?  I am regularly asked this question by both employees and employers. Legislation states that all contractual terms (except pay) survive during both ordinary maternity leave (OML) and additional maternity leave (AML).  Women are therefore entitled to accrue statutory and contractual leave while on maternity leave. … Read More >>