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  • Storing Your Will Where Others Can Find It

    We are always advising our clients of the necessity of making a Will and having a Power of Attorney but recent information published by the  Financial Times has highlighted that it is also very important that your family knows where these important documents can be located. Some banks used to offer a “Safe Custody” service. Lloyds ...
  • Securing a Traineeship

    I started my traineeship with Mitchells Roberton in September of last year and I am so pleased to be here but that doesn’t stop me from identifying with the anxiety some students, in the middle of their Diploma just now, will be feeling if they have not already secured a training place. I bet the ...
  • 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 being eliminated from the competition. This caused outrage amongst fans and various sources reported that ...
  • “Latte Levy”

    Environmental campaigners including Friends of the Earth Scotland, the Marine Conservation Society and Greenpeace are calling on ministers to ban the use of polystyrene cups as well as introducing a “latte levy”. An advisory group the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures was set up in May 2018 to advise the Scottish Government. In ...
  • Scotland Becomes First UK Country to Introduce Pavement Parking Ban

    At the moment pavement parking or double parking are not specific offences in Scotland but on 10th October 2019 Scottish Ministers voted in favour of section four of the Transport (Scotland) Bill which contains provisions to prohibit these actions. As of 2021, drivers will no longer be able to park on the pavement in Scotland. ...
  • Is Voluntary Registration Still a Good Idea?

    I have written before about Voluntary Registration of title. The Registers of Scotland has been tasked with completing the Land Register by 2024. However, this is an unrealistic deadline, despite Keeper Induced Registration and the active encouragement of Voluntary Registration. That said, even with the completion date no longer imminent I think it is still a ...
  • From Walls to Wills

    It is hard to see where the last eight months have gone. It has all been somewhat of a whirlwind; learning new things, adapting to working life and most importantly debating the correct amount of milk to put in a cup of tea. It has been both enjoyable, and tricky at times. Having moved into ...
  • Private Landlords

    All the obligations with which a Landlord in the private rented sector has to comply are becoming complex and although letting a residential property can provide useful income for the owner, great care must be taken to avoid breaching these rules and regulations. For properties that are let as a tenant’s only or principal home ...
  • Scotland is Ready to Benefit from Build to Rent

    We have all been told of the housing shortage in Scotland but Build to Rent (BtR) until recently has not been embraced. BtR refers to property built for the private rental market, normally owned by an institutional landlord and managed by a single entity, often with an onsite presence. Down south it has been an ...
  • Scotland Bans Spanking of Children

    On 3 October 2019 Scotland became the first country in the UK to ban spanking and other physical punishment for children. This brings the country into line with United Nations recommendations.  Effective from 1990, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child called upon member states to “take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social ...

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