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  • GDPR – How Will it Affect my Business?

    All businesses have paper and/or digital records of data relating to their customers and employees: names, addresses, emails and other personal information. On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law. The GDPR sets new standards for data protection and its enforcement. It restates what is meant by data and how that data ...
  • Rise in First-Time Buyer Numbers

    There was a sharp rise in the number of first-time buyers entering the property market in 2017 despite having to put down a deposit that is more than double what was required ten years ago. The latest Halifax First-Time Buyer Review found that the number of first- time buyers rose by 6% in the last 12 ...
  • On-line Estate Agents vs Traditional Estate Agents

    Over the past few years there has been an explosion in online estate agents who charge a flat fee rather than commission. Certainly digital technology, smart phones, apps and the Internet have transformed the way people market their property or search for a new home.  Slideshows and videos give great opportunities for showing a property ...
  • Number of Bankruptcy Awards in Scotland Falls

    On the 24 January 2018 the Scottish Government body which deals with insolvency known as the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) released its latest statistics. The figures show a decrease in the number of bankruptcy awards in the last quarter of 2017. Although the AiB only keeps partial records relating to corporate insolvency the figures they ...
  • Be Proactive on Voluntary Registration

    I have just been examining a big bundle of titles which were all dusty, making me sneeze, and some were barely legible. These titles relate to a property which has not yet been registered in the Land Register of Scotland but are titles recorded in Scotland’s General Register of Sasines , the oldest national land ...
  • Gender Pay Gap

    Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures to report gender pay gap information by April this year. So far it seems that just over 500 out of the anticipated 9000 affected groups have done so. The next quarter of the year is therefore going to be busy. According to the BBC news Ladbrokes, ...
  • House Price Trends in 2018 Expected to be Similar to 2017

    Halifax has revealed that prices in the final quarter of 2017 (October-December) were 2.7% higher  than in the same three months of the previous year. In addition house prices in that quarter were 1.3% higher than in the previous quarter (July-September).However despite there being a rise of 0.3% in both October and November 2017 there ...
  • Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc

    This case serves as a reminder that an employer can be held liable for acts or omissions of their employees if it can be shown that those acts or omissions took place in the course of employment. In Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc, the High Court found the supermarket chain vicariously liable for an ...
  • The Problem with Plastic

    According to The Independent “Humans have produced about 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic since 1950”.Researchers writing in the journal , Science Advances ,warned that if current trends continued some 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste would be in landfill sites or the natural environment by 2050. Campaign groups suggest that the average person throws away ...
  • Value of Privately Owned Housing Stock Reaches New High

    New research by Halifax has revealed that the total value of privately owned UK housing stock has surpassed £6 trillion for the first time. Since 2007 the total value of private residential property in the UK has grown by £1.94 trillion (or 48%) to an estimated £6.02 trillion. The average value per household in the UK ...

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