Removal of an Executor – A Change in the Law?

March 25, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

removal of an executor

You have made a Will. Congratulations! This puts you ahead of the almost 60% of the Scottish population who do not have Wills in place. In your Will, you have appointed an Executor; the person charged with implementing the terms of your Will and carrying out their legal duties as your Executor. However, in light … Read More >>

Loft Conversion – 5 Things to Consider

March 22, 2019 | Katharine Smith |

loft conversion

Many people choose to convert their loft area as a means of obtaining more space without having to move home. This blog provides some advice on what you should be thinking about before making the decision to extend and how to ensure that the loft conversion is safe and legal. 1. Check you own the … Read More >>

Business Development Mistakes

March 21, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Business Development Mistakes

“It’s in the diary.” “Let’s catch up over coffee.” These are typical phrases which are uttered when we hear the words – “business development.” What are we really looking to gain from having countless lunches and coffees with contacts we may not have seen or heard from in a while? The purpose In these uncertain … Read More >>

Your Rights as a Carer in Scotland

March 15, 2019 | Kirsty |

rights as a carer

There are many people who are providing care for loved ones in their own homes.  The Scottish Government recently circulated an updated Carers’ charter explaining the rights of adult carers or young carers in Scotland.  This came on the back of the introduction of new legislation, The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which came into effect … Read More >>

Top Tips: Practical aspects of registered Power of Attorney with a Bank

March 6, 2019 | Lynne |

You have been appointed as a Continuing (financial) Attorney and now need to trigger the powers granted to you. Check the document has been registered with the Public Guardian’s Office. The document requires to be registered to be operational. Check the powers you have been granted. Ensure you have specific powers to deal with managing … Read More >>

Changes to the Repairing Standard

March 1, 2019 | Ian Black |

Changes to the repairing standard

It is all change right now in the world of repairs for private landlords in Scotland. We recently saw new Gas Safety Regulations come into force on 6 April 2018 and more changes have been implemented with the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of the Repairing Standard) Regulations 2019. Please find below a summary of … Read More >>

Brexit – what are the employment implications for businesses?

February 28, 2019 | Marianne |

employment implications brexit

As we approach 29 March there are changing levels of uncertainty around what might happen when the UK leaves the European Union, it is a good time to consider what options your business might have to take ahead of a possible Brexit. The current position is that at 11pm on 29 March 2019 the United … Read More >>

Changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct: Factoring in the Equation

February 27, 2019 | Jane Mill |

changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct

Are you a Registered Social Landlord engaged in property factoring? Are your factoring practices robust and ready for upcoming changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct? The Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 is 6 years old and created a statutory framework providing protections for homeowners who receive services from a property factor. As part … Read More >>

Age Discrimination – a timely reminder of this issue

February 25, 2019 | Marianne |

Age discrimination

Earlier this month, Acas issued guidance on age discrimination and information for workplaces outlining important points for businesses to consider including steps to take to avoid age discrimination in the workplace and examples of how age discrimination might occur. Age is one of the nine protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010. This means that … Read More >>

In these increasingly health conscious times is it time for servitudes for recreational purposes?

February 18, 2019 | Stephanie Wood |


A servitude is a right that a landowner has over neighbouring property which allows the holder of the servitude (or benefitted proprietor) to do something with another person’s property, which would not normally be allowed. Whether created by a specific grant, by reservation, or indeed through uninterrupted use for the prescriptive period of 20 years … Read More >>