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  • Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled as Unlawful

    On 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld an appeal by UNISON that tribunal fees, introduced by the UK government in 2013, are unlawful under UK and EU law. The ruling, described as “momentous”, has led to the existing fees regime being quashed. UNISON’s claim, first issued in 2013, was that employment tribunal fees prevented ...
  • Dementia and the World of the Arts

    I recently read a very moving and interesting article in The Observer of 16/7/2017 by Nicci Gerrard called “Say it with a picture or a song”. It resonated with me for certain  reasons, primarily because of the work we do here with adults with incapacity and our involvement with Project Ability Glasgow, an art project ...
  • Is Body Art a Workplace Issue?

    Recent research by Acas and Kings College, which explored employer perceptions on staff appearance at work found that visible body modifications such as piercings or tattoos are still likely to be frowned upon in certain areas of the service sector with some employers being worried that potential customers may be put off. Certainly tattoos used to ...
  • A Recent Study Predicts Greater Demand for Inheritance Tax Advice

    Prudential have carried out new research showing that financial advisers are forecasting a sharp rise in demand for Inheritance Tax advice. It was found that 7 out of 10 advisers interviewed expect demand for IHT planning to grow over the next 12 months. However 17% of advisers feel that due to regulatory changes, they are ...
  • A Recent Report Gives Insight into Housing Market Activity in Scotland

    Registers of Scotland have released a new report which gives an interesting insight into property market trends over the past ten years. It reveals that the total value of the residential sales market in Scotland from 2007-08 to 2016-17 reached over £143.4 billion. “The Scottish property market is a significant component of the Scottish economy” explained ...
  • Dealing with Dilapidations- What Tenants Need to Know

    A commercial lease will contain a repairing obligation which sets out the extent of a tenant’s obligations to maintain and repair the leased subjects.  The tenant is generally obliged to return the property in a “good and tenantable condition”.  Importantly, this obligation may require a tenant to put the property into a better condition than ...
  • The First Digital Memorial Garden in Scotland

    The first digital-led memorial garden is to open in Saline in Fife after Landsales Direct, a Scottish company won planning permission. The garden will feature small plots of ground in which purchasers can place mementoes of loved ones. However the plots will not be marked out with any visible signs and can only be located ...
  • House Price Index Reveals Annual Price Rise

    According to March’s edition of the UK House Price Index UK, house prices rose by an average of 4.1% on an annual basis. Residential sales in Scotland rose by 2.0% to 6239 compared to January in the previous year , however this was 25.4% lower than sales during December 2016. Again in Scotland the average price ...
  • Update on Help to Buy (Scotland) Scheme

    The Scottish Government has recently announced that the price cap on properties eligible for the Help to Buy scheme will remain at £200,000 in 2018/19. The scheme helps eligible householders buy a new build home from a participating builder by contributing up to a maximum 15% equity stake in the property. The aim behind the ...
  • The Bank of Mum and Dad

    The Bank of Mum and Dad apparently is now Britain’s ninth biggest “mortgage lender” putting it on a par with the Yorkshire Building Society. Parents are predicted to lend more than £6.5bn this year to help their children get on the property ladder.  This is a 30% increase on the £5bn loaned in 2016 according ...

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