Author Archives: Ross Leatham

About Ross Leatham

Ross graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2004 having spent 6 months of his studies as an international student at the University of Tilburg. He commenced his traineeship with Mitchells Roberton in 2005 and has been with the firm ever since. He is an experienced solicitor dealing in the purchase and sale of both commercial and residential property, acquisition and disposal of businesses, commercial leasing and property finance. He has acted for a wide range of clients including accountants, further educational establishments, hotels, restaurants, veterinary surgeons, dentists and charities. Ross firmly believes that each client is not just a case and he always takes the time to foster a genuine engagement with his clients to best understand their needs in order to provide focused commercial advice and pragmatic solutions to their problems. Ross only wishes he could find as an effective solution to enhance the performance of his beloved hockey team, East Kilbride. Email:

Kicking Contractual Terms Into Touch- Force Majeure

There was a feeling of strong indignation when the scheduled game between Scotland and Japan in this year’s Rugby World Cup was threatened with cancellation due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis. Such cancellation would have meant the Scottish team … More

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Dilapidations Case Update: be careful of deals with new tenants

A recent decision in a Court of Session case Gatsby Retail Limited v The Edinburgh Woollen Mill emphasises that landlord’s should be careful that subsequent dealings with new tenants do not prejudice their ability to recover dilapidations from the previous … More

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Succession and your Business

We are perhaps more educated on what would happen to our family if we died, lost capacity, suffered a disability, became involved in a family dispute or ran up much debt. Our knowledge is on a personal law basis but … More

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Non-Executive Directors – Duties and Liabilities.

A non-executive director is a member of the board of directors of a company or organisation but not a member of the executive management team. The non-executive director’s role is basically to provide the board with dispassionate and objective criticism. … More

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What Landowners Need to Know About Section 75 Agreements

All landowners know that planning permission is required for a new house or a development but they may not be aware that before planning permission is granted, the Local Authority may ask the applicant to enter into a Section 75 … More

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Registration of Property by Overseas Entities – public disclosure of beneficial interest

A draft Bill has recently been published by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and sets out provisions to establish a new beneficial ownership register of overseas entities that own UK property. This follows the commitment made at … More

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Dealing with Dilapidations- What Tenants Need to Know

A commercial lease will contain a repairing obligation which sets out the extent of a tenant’s obligations to maintain and repair the leased subjects.  The tenant is generally obliged to return the property in a “good and tenantable condition”.  Importantly, … More

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Keep Your Options Open

Ross Leatham, Partner in our Commercial Property Department explains what an option agreement is and why the parties involved in a land purchase transaction may want one: An option agreement is an agreement between a landowner and a potential developer … More

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Families Matter

The Scottish Family Business Association exists to support, nurture and help develop the full potential of all our Scottish family businesses. Research, expertise and experience from across the globe show that by adopting specific best practices family businesses can overcome … More

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New Regulations Introduced Making Commercial Property Owners Improve Energy Efficiency of their Buildings

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 came into effect on 1 September 2016 making it the responsibility of owners of commercial property to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings on either a sale or … More

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