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  • Dog Attacks

    Recently there have been calls for a post-legislative review of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 due to very worrying statistics revealed by a Clyde News investigation. Their research showed that between January and June 2017, 205 children were taken to A&E due to dog bites, that the number of people receiving treatment for ...
  • Domestic Abuse Incidents Rise by 1%

    On 27 November 2018 Scotland’s chief statistician released figures relating to domestic abuse recorded by Police Scotland in 2017-2018, noting a 1% rise in incidents. Since 2011-12 levels of domestic abuse in Scotland have remained relatively stable with around 58,000 to 60,000 occurrences a year. The Police recorded 59,541 episodes in 2017-18. 44% of incidents of domestic ...
  • Grounds for Eviction for Private Residential Tenancy Tenants

    At the end of 2017 the Private Residential Tenancy or PTR replaced the old residential tenancy known as a short assured tenancy or SAT in Scotland. One of the defined intentions of the new PRT is to offer tenants greater security. A PRT can only be ended by 1 of 3 ways: By a tenant giving notice ...
  • Are You Considering Adoption?

    From the 19th November to 24th November 2018 is Adoption Week in Scotland which provides a platform for discussion about adoption giving information and hopefully inspiration. The landscape of adoption has changed so much in recent times. Gone are the days where unwanted pregnancies meant sometimes babies were relinquished for adoption. This very rarely happens now.  ...
  • What the Homelessness Statistics Show Us

    Every June the Scottish Government releases a set of statistics showing how many households applied as homeless over the past year and a whole spreadsheet of information about those people. Jessica Husbands of Shelter Scotland, a self professed lover of stats, found the spreadsheet a minefield of information. By examining the data she discovered some ...
  • Shelter Scotland Launches “Toolkit for Tenants”

    An online “toolkit” for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. SafeDeposit Scotland Trust (the only not-for-profit deposit scheme in Scotland) made a grant of £28,083 to Shelter Scotland earlier this year after it was approached by the housing charity with ...
  • Tunisia Attack: Families Claiming Damages Against TUI UK Limited

    Last month it was announced that victims of the 2015 Tunisia terror attack along with relatives of those who died have raised civil proceedings against the holiday firm TUI UK Limited. The families of 22 people who died in the Sousse atrocity as well as 50 people who suffered injuries such as gunshot or shrapnel ...
  • What is the world coming to?

    A Dutch man who is 69 years of age has launched a legal battle to change his age to 49. Emile Ratelband who is a “positivity trainer” is suing his local authority after they refused to amend his age on official documents. He has taken his case to a court in the City of Arnhem ...
  • The Right to Roam

    Everyone in Scotland has rights of access over much of the scenic land for recreational and educational purposes. This is set out in Section 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which Act also includes the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The right is called by some as the “right to roam”. The Scottish Outdoor Access ...
  • Our Sponsorship of Project Ability

    I am pleased to announce that Mitchells Roberton are proud sponsors, along with the Culture & Business Fund Scotland, of The Project Ability Gallery in Trongate Glasgow. A few years ago I was introduced to the Project by a friend and have been interested in the charity ever since. I and several of my colleagues have ...

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