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  • Grey Hair in Barlinnie

    Some time ago Glasgow Chamber of Commerce organised one of their Behind the Scene Events this time to Barlinnie Prison. I suppose most of us have little idea what to expect in visiting a prison but I left with ambivalent feelings which were pretty strong. Barlinnie is of course a large local prison receiving prisoners from ...
  • The Tumbling Lassie Ball 2017

    I just received an email regarding the Tumbling Lassie Ball 2017 in aid of victims of modern slavery and people trafficking. The name of the Ball comes from a little known case Reid v Scot of Harden decided in the Court of Session in 1687. It was about a little girl, a stage gymnast, who ...
  • Another Smoke Free Space

    From the 5th December 2016 smoking was banned in cars carrying children aged 18 and under. The new legislation will mean fines of up to £100 for anyone who lights up in a car where there is a child as a passenger. MSPs unanimously voted to introduce the ban in December last year. The Smoking Prohibition ...
  • New legal arrangements for private tenancies and court procedures

    Small claims and residential leases are amongst the few legal documents that many people try and draft themselves. Over the next six months all of these will be changing, with the replacement of Assured and Short Assured Tenancies by a new single “private residential tenancy” (potentially from the end of the year) and the creation ...
  • Home Ownership Is Still The Aim for Many

    The Council of Mortgage Lenders recently carried out a survey that showed home ownership as the nation’s distinct preference and aspiration and not just for financial reasons. The research interestingly revealed that: The two most popular reasons for valuing home ownership are having the freedom to do what you want and knowing that once the mortgage is ...
  • A Judge’s strongly worded advice for separated parents

    A senior family law judge, Lord Brailsford recently decided a child contact case concerning a nine year old boy, which had been going on for some seven years. The father in this case is from Tunisia, but has lived in Scotland for more than ten years and is settled here with a steady job. The mother, ...
  • A Move Too Far

    When we set out to live “happily ever after” we are certainly not considering that “ever after” might end sooner than expected and that “happily” is only a word and not necessarily an enduring experience. But as life would have it “ever after” does sometimes end in divorce and difficult child contact issues, with one ...
  • Don’t let your Business Be Disempowered

    Powers of Attorney are most often talked about in the context of personal matters but they are equally important in business. Some years ago a partner in a well known law firm of Glasgow solicitors fell unexpectedly and seriously ill. He spent six weeks in intensive care followed by months of home convalescence before happily ...
  • Latest Information Regarding Property Prices

    The Registers of Scotland have published the following information regarding property prices in Scotland. The average price of a residential property in Scotland has shown an increase of 0.6% during the second quarter of the financial year 2016/2017 compared with the same period in the previous year, with the highest rise of 9.7% being reported in ...
  • Airbnb Boom

    Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, Airbnb is a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodation around the world”-online or from a mobile or tablet. Whether a room for a night, a house for a week or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique ...

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