Demise of Lifelong Tenancy Agreements

July 18, 2011 | Jim |

In 2010?the Coalition government introduced proposals that will mean the demise of lifelong tenancy agreements. These proposals howeveer will not affect Scotland as housing is a devolved issue for the Scottish parliament. The plans are being debated at Westminster as part of the Localism Bill but current proposals include: ??the creation of a new tenancy … Read More >>

Helping Landlords Get the Notice to Quit Date Right

July 15, 2011 | TC Young |

Get the Notice to quit date right

As a private landlord, you really need to be on the ball to avoid the pitfalls of Scottish tenancy law. One of the biggest danger areas involves the perils of picking the wrong date. This can occur in a number of circumstances. So how do you get the notice to quit date right? The Short … Read More >>

How to Recover Money From a Debtor

July 14, 2011 | Alastair |

How to Recover Money From a Debtor

How can you recover money from a debtor if you obtain a court Order which orders your debtor to pay you the debt but your?debtor does not make payment? Do you know what you do next?? This is a predicament frequently faced by individuals and organisations who seek to recover debt.? Do not give up … Read More >>

Successful Completion of Second Stage Transfer

July 14, 2011 | Lauren |

Second Stage Transfer

On 27 June 2011, ?we successfully completed the last batch of housing stock second stage transfers from Glasgow Housing Association to several of our Registered Social Landlord (RSL) clients, meaning that the properties are now in the ownership of community-controlled housing associations throughout the city. In total, almost 19,000 homes have transferred to the delight … Read More >>

What are Living Wills and do I need one?

July 12, 2011 | Isabel |

What is a Living Will

What are living Wills? They are: – a statement expressing your views about how you would like to be treated in the future – a Will of sorts but applies whilst you are alive not after your death – essentially an expression of your wishes set out in advance of illness at a time when … Read More >>

Does Power of Attorney include Tax Planning

July 11, 2011 | Alison H |

Does Power of Attorney include Tax Planning

Attorneys acting under a Continuing and Welfare Power of Attorney must comply with the five guiding principles set out in the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. Arguably, the most important of these is that an Attorney must always act in the best interests of the adult. ?Does this include tax planning? Best interests of … Read More >>

Divorce or Separation, What?s Best?

July 6, 2011 | Lynne |

divorce or separation

When a relationship breaks down, there are lots of questions at what is a very emotional and anxious time. ?If you are going through a divorce or separation, what is the best way to deal with this? ?Is it mediation? ?Or Court? It is always wise to speak to a solicitor at an early stage … Read More >>

What are Collateral Warranties? Explaining the Basics

July 1, 2011 | Lauren |

What are Collateral Warranties

What are collateral warranties? Collateral warranties are contracts which are designed to establish a contractual link between a third party (the beneficiary) and a contractor or consultant who has carried out certain works. Why are they required? In the case of a building contract, collateral warranties are a promise from the contractor to the beneficiary … Read More >>

Get the procurement process basics right!

June 30, 2011 | Lauren |

Get the procurement process basics right

Many of our clients come too late for procurement advice, as they have already received notice of a potential challenge under the procurement regulations. If you are about to embark on a procurement exercise you should ask the following at the outset: 1.?What type of contract is it? The procurement regulations apply to contracts for … Read More >>

Charities & RSLs Combat Climate Change

June 28, 2011 | Christine |

Combat Climate Change

Climate change burden Real burdens? ?Boring?, you may say?. Indeed, often little consideration is given to imposing real burdens or conditions upon the sale of land or property. After the introduction of?legislation in 2010, however, real burdens have become more attractive to charities, housing associations and individuals with an environmental conscience as they can now … Read More >>