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  • 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 ...
  • Acceptance in Lieu

    An 18th century portrait of the 5th Earl of Carlisle by Joshua Reynolds has been accepted by the nation in lieu of £4.7m inheritance tax. The Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme is administered by Arts Council England and enables taxpayers to pay Inheritance Tax by transferring important works of art and heritage objects into public ownership. ...
  • Private Landlords Should Ready Themselves For New Legislation

    Major new legislation is on the horizon which will make significant changes to renting and letting residential property in Scotland. The time of arrival is as yet unknown but it is expected to be late 2017 or early 2018. At the moment landlords let property under ‘assured tenancies’ or ‘short assured tenancies’. Under the new legislation ...
  • LET IT

    LET IT – be known that letting agents can be sanctioned for failing to comply with Tenancy Deposit Scheme rules. For the first time, a letting agent, rather than a landlord, has been penalised since the introduction of regulations imposing an obligation on a landlord to secure deposits even if that landlord has appointed a letting ...
  • Mitchells Roberton Great Solicitors Bake Off

    On Thursday 29 September 2016 our firm held a bake off competition to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. There were 6 entrants Alison, Angela, Jan, Paul, Sarah and Willie. Each produced wonderful cakes. The judges were our very own Paul Hollywood (aka Donald Reid) and Mary Berry (aka) Morag Inglis. After much tasting and deliberation the judges ...
  • Right To Buy Has Ended

    On the 1 August 2016 the Right to Buy, which allows tenants in social housing to buy their homes came to an end in Scotland. Tenants with a right to buy had until the 31 July 2016 to submit an application. The Right to Buy in Scotland was established by the Tenants’ Rights Etc. (Scotland) Act ...

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