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  • Employment Law 2016 – Key Financial Uplifts

    Introduction of the National Living Wage – from 1 April 2016, the National Living Wage took effect in the UK. All workers aged 25 and over are entitled to be paid a minimum of £7.20 per hour.   National Minimum Wage Rates – from 1 October 2016, the apprentice rate will rise to £3.40, the minimum hourly ...
  • Prince wrote thousands of songs but he did not write a Will

    Prince was a prolific song writer but it seems the one thing that he didn’t get round to writing was a Will. Court documents filed in Minnesota show the superstar who died untimely at the age of 57 appears to have died intestate. Certainly for a person of Prince’s wealth it is unusual and his ...
  • New Tenancy Information Packs must be Issued by Landlords

    Since the 1 May 2013 a tenancy information pack (TIP) has had to be provided for all new assured and short assured tenancies. This duty also applies to the renewal of tenancy arrangements when a new agreement is drawn up between the existing landlord and tenant. The tenancy information pack is a standardised pack which provides ...
  • Middle Aged Need Not Apply

    In the last year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has received over 100 complaints about discriminatory advertisements including: Age discrimination – a recruitment agency advert stated that over 45s need not apply Disability discrimination – a hotel said it would not offer accommodation to disabled people Sexual orientation – another hotel said that it wouldn’t allow ...
  • Hotdog and Chips

    On the 6th April 2016 legislation came into force requiring every dog owner to make sure their pet is fitted with a microchip which is then registered on one of the authorised commercial databases along with the owner’s contact details. It is thereafter the owner’s responsibility to keep their contact details up-to-date on the databases. ...
  • Project Ability

    Mitchells Roberton are delighted to support Project Ability. The charity was set up in 1984 and is a Glasgow based visual arts organisation with an international reputation for excellence. The project creates opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues, aged 5 to 80 plus, to express themselves artistically. I am told that ...
  • Sub-letting is an Issue for Landlords and Tenants

    Recent research carried out by Direct Line for Business found that as many as one in six tenants in the UK admit that they have rented out part or all of their property to someone who is not party to the lease. 25% of tenants who sub-let their property did not check the terms of their ...
  • Additional tax burden on purchase of second home

    To relatively little fanfare and without much in the way of useful guidance the Scottish Government has announced that from 1 April 2016 a supplementary Land & Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) charge will apply to the purchase of additional residential properties in Scotland. Basically this means that homeowners wishing to buy a second home or ...
  • Know Your Enemy (or at least, your debtor)

    Time was, you’d go to court and maybe jail for owing somebody money. Until the late nineteenth century, every year the debtors courts throughout the UK would lock up thousands of people who were unable or unwilling to pay their debts. In recent times, the ignominy of debt has receded considerably if not entirely. Most of ...
  • What documents should I shred and what documents should I keep?

    I was visiting an elderly client recently and after our usual chat over a cup of tea and Chelsea bun I set about helping her clear the mounds of paperwork which were covering every work space in the kitchen and every surface of all downstairs tables. There were piles of assorted filing spewing forth from ...

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