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  • 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 ...
  • Technology is useful but the Human Element is Key

    I don’t want to show my age but when I was trying to buy my first flat I looked every week in the Glasgow Herald where properties for sale were advertised. I think Tuesday may have been property day but I am not too sure. I would wander down Byres Road looking in all the ...
  • Congratulations to our Newly Qualified Solicitor

    We are pleased to announce that Peter McEwan has successfully qualified and joined our Private Client Department as a newly qualified assistant. During his two year traineeship he has gained experience with different departments across the firm acquiring the skills to develop his career as a lawyer. Peter spent time within the Residential Conveyancing Department, Private ...
  • Can Someone With Dementia Make a Will?

    It was World Alzheimer’s Day on the 21 September 2019 offering an opportunity for organisations and individuals to raise awareness of the disease and to do all that we can to support those living with the illness. The generic term dementia covers a variety of conditions which result in an impairment of brain function. Sometimes I ...
  • Purchasing Property in Scotland – Step by Step Guide

    With the right advice buying a property in Scotland need not be stressful. Our conveyancers can guide you through the process. They know the local property market inside out and will make sure you get the best possible deal on your new property and take care of every aspect of the transaction. Despite conveyancing being a ...
  • Dilapidations Case Update: be careful of deals with new tenants

    A recent decision in a Court of Session case Gatsby Retail Limited v The Edinburgh Woollen Mill emphasises that landlord’s should be careful that subsequent dealings with new tenants do not prejudice their ability to recover dilapidations from the previous outgoing tenant. Edinburgh Woollen Mill was a former tenant of Gatsby Retail Limited’s commercial premises on ...
  • Some like it hot (or not)

    Unfortunately the problem is that different people react differently to heat. We are all used to the frequent workplace disputes around the temperature. There is always someone who is too hot and someone too cold. It is impossible to please everyone, but most employers and employees alike agree that a concerted effort to accommodate as many people as possible goes a long ...
  • Succession and your Business

    We are perhaps more educated on what would happen to our family if we died, lost capacity, suffered a disability, became involved in a family dispute or ran up much debt. Our knowledge is on a personal law basis but of course any of the above could also have an impact on our business. Here are ...

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