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  • Loan, Advance, Gift ?

    A recent Scottish court decision issued just after Christmas last year has shown that tensions can arise after a death where there is no documentation in place to illuminate the nature of a lifetime payment made by the deceased. Is it a loan? Is it an advance? Is it an outright gift? The facts of the ...
  • Ethical Veganism is now A Recognised Protected Belief

    To me, it is hardly surprising that a tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a protected belief.  Under the Equalities Act 2010 beliefs are protected if they meet certain criteria; namely the belief must be genuinely held, it must be a belief rather than an opinion or point of view and it must be ...
  • Ad Factum Praestandum. What is it?

    Ad factum praestandum in Scots law is an obligation for the performance or fulfilment of a specific act. It does not apply to the payment of money. Most people are familiar with lenders securing a loan or mortgage by way of a standard security whether from purchasing their own home or obtaining commercial funding for their ...
  • House prices in Scotland Continue to Rise Amidst Political Uncertainty

    The Registers of Scotland recently published their report regarding house prices for the period from July to September 2019. The statistics show that the average selling price of a residential property in Scotland was £185,058, a 1.9% increase compared to the previous year. The number of residential property sales in Scotland was 28,665, down 0.2% compared ...
  • Finn’s Law

    One of my colleagues was browsing in a charity shop and spotted a book with a beautiful German Shepherd on the cover. She bought it for me as I have a German Shepherd puppy that I apparently talk about a lot! The book was called Fabulous Finn so of course I read it. It was the ...
  • Women in the Legal Profession – My View

    I have little doubt that the practical experience of many professional women is inextricably intertwined with gender specific beliefs and in particular with the double bind of likeability versus capability. It seems to me that women often face the choice of being seen as appealing or as competent, but not both. For many women the ...
  • Scots Lawyers in Favour of Retaining Wigs and Gowns

    In an article published in the Glasgow Herald on 18 April 2014, it was reported that judges in the Court of Session were to end a 250 year old tradition, by agreeing to dispense with the wearing of robes and wigs when hearing civil appeal cases. The Court of Session is Scotland’s highest civil court and ...
  • Love at Work

    Stephen James Easterbrook, a British business executive, was the president and chief executive of McDonald’s from March 2015 to 1st November 2019 when he was dismissed by the Board of Directors, with immediate effect, due to evidence of a relationship with a staff member. This was in violation of company policy. The US fast food giant ...
  • Teething Troubles for New Residential Tenancy System

    The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force almost two years ago, with the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland  (Housing and Property Chamber) taking on the Sheriff Court’s  jurisdiction over cases relating to most types of private residential tenancies in Scotland, including the new Scottish Private Residential Tenancy (SPRT) which was introduced in late ...
  • 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 ...

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