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  • ‘Traditional Methods’ are often the Best for Homebuyers

    Today there are many apps and websites in existence to help homebuyers find their dream home but many people still find that the more ‘traditional’ methods are the best. Which? questioned 2000 purchasers about how they found their property . 55% said they found it through a ‘traditional’ method like an estate agent, their local paper ...
  • Family Law –Some Urban Myths

    I have been practising family law for quite some time now and over the years it never fails to surprise me that many people still hold strongly to a number of misconceptions about family law in Scotland. The woman will automatically get custody of the children- NO In Scotland, the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 replaced the words ...
  • New Regulations Introduced Making Commercial Property Owners Improve Energy Efficiency of their Buildings

    The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 came into effect on 1 September 2016 making it the responsibility of owners of commercial property to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings on either a sale or the grant of a lease to a new tenant. The owner of a property which is ...
  • Over 50s plan an average of £51,000 pension giveaway

    Saga Investment Services between 24th and 25th June 2016, with the help of Populus, a member of the British Polling Council, carried out a survey of over 50s who hold a private ‘defined contribution’ pension and  are currently using flexible drawdown with their savings.  The findings were based on a sample of 1915 people of ...
  • Employee dismissed for failure to wash hands-harsh but not unfair?

    A bakery employee from the Welsh valleys was dismissed after a hand hygiene “lapse” during a night shift. Following the employee’s claim for unfair dismissal, the Tribunal ruled that the dismissal was fair. Sion Donovan, who was employed by Greggs for 11 years, went to fetch equipment from the locker room at a bakery in Treforest, ...
  • “Project” Properties can be Popular with Homebuyers

    Here at Mitchells Roberton we have a busy private client department and an active estate agency and we are used to selling a number of properties which form part of a deceased person’s estate or are being sold by a financial guardian of an adult with incapacity. Some of these properties may require a lot ...
  • New Telecommunications Code

    Digital framework is crucially important to UK citizens and the Government is seeking to propose new legislation to facilitate wide reaching coverage, improved connectedness and speedier services. What many people do not know is that at the moment the vast telecoms network is governed by an Electronic Communications Code enacted in 1984. Given the fact that ...
  • 4.6% Increase in Average House Prices In Scotland

    The latest publication of the UK House Price Index (UK HPI) reveals the following interesting information relating to the Scottish property market: The average house price of a property in Scotland in June 2016 was £143,282 an increase of 4.6% on the previous year and an increase of 2.7% when compared to the previous month. The biggest ...
  • Hijabs in the Workplace

    he case of Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV is a Belgian case concerning a Muslim woman, working as a receptionist, who was dismissed for refusing to remove her headscarf whilst at work. She claimed unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief. The Belgian Court of Cassation, before whom her wrongful ...
  • A Bid to Scrap Offensive Behaviour at Football Act is Launched

    A Labour MSP has officially lodged proposals to scrap the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012 (OFBA). James Kelly, a Labour MSP, said the “illiberal” law was flawed on several levels and had “damaged trust between police and football fans”. He further stated that it “needlessly criminalised football fans and has done ...

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