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Can Collaborative Law Help Me?

May 17, 2018 | Vivien Riddell |

We are often asked, can collaborative law help me? The collaborative law process offers separating couples a non-confrontational way of agreeing the legal and practical arrangements for their separation and divorce. By reaching agreement in a collaborative way, couples are able to come to a respectable arrangement together through supported discussions. At its simplest, the … Read More >>

What is Mediation and Can it Help Me?

May 17, 2018 | Vivien Riddell |

What is Mediation and Can it Help You?

You might have heard somebody mention mediation before but what is mediation? Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that involves two (or more) parties and a mediator. Mediation provides parties with the opportunity to have an open and honest discussion about a range of family law issues in a neutral environment. Everything that … Read More >>

Taxation of Termination Payments to Employees – New Rules in Force

April 26, 2018 | John Norrie |

Taxation of Termination Payments to Employees – New Rules in Force

Termination payments are often made to employees when the termination of their employment is governed by a settlement agreement. New rules affecting the taxation of termination payments came into effect on 6 April 2018. What are the changes? There has been a change to the taxation of “payments in lieu of notice” (PILONs), which are commonly … Read More >>

Public Contracts and the GDPR

April 25, 2018 | Eileen Barr |

Public Contracts and the GDPR

With less than a month to go before the implementation of the GDPR it is crucial that existing and future public contracts comply with the new legislation.  What will change in respect of public contracts and the GDPR? The Scottish Government has published a Policy Note on the impact the GDPR will have on public … Read More >>

What happens when a Joint Tenant wants to leave a Private Residential Tenancy?

April 19, 2018 | TC Young |

What happens when a Joint Tenant wants to leave a Private Residential Tenancy?

We previously blogged about what options are available to landlords where one joint tenant wants to leave a rented property and the other(s) wish to remain. That blog related to assured and short assured tenancies under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. Landlords should by now be aware that under the Private Housing (Tenancies)(Scotland) Act 2016, … Read More >>

Employment Law Update – 2018

April 13, 2018 | Marianne |

Employment Law update

Each year, we see a number of proposals which have an impact for employees and employers alike, and this year proves to be no different. We thought that it would useful to give you an employment law update. While some of the changes are those which we see every year, there are some which will … Read More >>

To Report or not Report a GDPR Breach?

April 6, 2018 | Rachel Munro |

To Report or not report a GDPR Breach?

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), a Data Controller is under a strict obligation to report a GDPR breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the event that it meets certain requirements. Time frame for reporting You must report a personal data breach, under Article 33, without undue delay and not later than … Read More >>

The Role of the Data Protection Officer in RSLs

March 27, 2018 | Umera Rashid |

data protection officer

A Data Protection Officer (DPO) is the individual who is responsible for an organisation’s overall compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The GDPR makes it mandatory for a DPO to be appointed for any organisation which is a public body. The definition of public body is taken from Freedom of Information legislation and … Read More >>

Paying for Care: Deliberate Deprivation of Capital …. Or is it?

March 22, 2018 | Lynne Lind |

Paying for care: Deliberate deprivation of capital …. Or is it?

An English Local Authority has recently been criticised for refusing to pay an elderly woman’s residential care fees when it learned that she made regular cash gifts to her family after moving into a care home. They believed this to be a deliberate deprivation of capital. What is a deprivation of capital? The Local Authority … Read More >>

Anti-social Behaviour Case Study – court approach

March 21, 2018 | Hayley Swanson |

Anti-social Behaviour Case Study – court approach

Eviction cases based on anti-social behaviour are always difficult and although they invariably turn on their own particular facts and circumstances, it is possible to draw guidance from the approach of the Courts in previous cases. A recent example is the case of Midlothian Council v Lee Greens. This was an action for recovery of … Read More >>