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: rjl@mitchells-roberton.co.uk

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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New Telecommunications Code

Digital framework is crucially important to UK citizens and the Government is seeking to propose new legislation to facilitate wide reaching coverage, improved connectedness and speedier services. What many people do not know is that at the moment the vast … More

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Conversion of Long Leases to Outright Ownership in Scotland

Tenants under certain long leases in Scotland as from 28th November 2015 automatically became the outright owners of the property as a result of key provisions of the Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012. In contrast to England and Wales, long … More

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The New People with Significant Control Register

Following recent media focus on corporate transparency I thought it would be timely to give you a short update on the new People with Significant Control (PSC) Register which has been introduced as one of the many changes to the … More

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Additional tax burden on purchase of second home

To relatively little fanfare and without much in the way of useful guidance the Scottish Government has announced that from 1 April 2016 a supplementary Land & Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) charge will apply to the purchase of additional residential … More

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