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  • Conversion of Long Leases to Outright Ownership in Scotland

    Tenants under certain long leases in Scotland as from 28th November 2015 automatically became the outright owners of the property as a result of key provisions of the Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012. In contrast to England and Wales, long leases in Scotland are relatively rare. In 1974, legislation restricted the maximum length of newly created ...
  • Cohabitants beware! Some legal considerations of living together

    Marriage by cohabitation with habit and repute (otherwise referred to as “common law marriage”) was abolished ten years ago. And whilst it is true that the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 ushered in some protection, it by no means provides cohabiting couples with the same rights as their married counterparts. Consequently, when two people move ...
  • The New People with Significant Control Register

    Following recent media focus on corporate transparency I thought it would be timely to give you a short update on the new People with Significant Control (PSC) Register which has been introduced as one of the many changes to the Companies Act 2006 brought about by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. On ...
  • Should Women be Made to Wear High Heels at Work?

    Dress codes are often used in the workplace and there are many reasons why an employer may have such a code.  For example in some firms employees may be required to adhere to some form of corporate wear to communicate a certain image. Or indeed a code may exist for purely health and safety reasons ...
  • Improvement in Top Tier Residential Property Market

    An article by Faisal Choudry of Savills has confirmed that Scotland has recently seen a rise in demand for prime property in commuter locations. Initially the recovery in the Scottish market began in select city localities such as New Town, Stockbridge or Morningside in Edinburgh and the West End in Glasgow with these areas enjoying a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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