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  • What is the world coming to?

    A Dutch man who is 69 years of age has launched a legal battle to change his age to 49. Emile Ratelband who is a “positivity trainer” is suing his local authority after they refused to amend his age on official documents. He has taken his case to a court in the City of Arnhem ...
  • The Right to Roam

    Everyone in Scotland has rights of access over much of the scenic land for recreational and educational purposes. This is set out in Section 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which Act also includes the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The right is called by some as the “right to roam”. The Scottish Outdoor Access ...
  • Our Sponsorship of Project Ability

    I am pleased to announce that Mitchells Roberton are proud sponsors, along with the Culture & Business Fund Scotland, of The Project Ability Gallery in Trongate Glasgow. A few years ago I was introduced to the Project by a friend and have been interested in the charity ever since. I and several of my colleagues have ...
  • Scots Property Prices at All-time High Following Stock Shortage

    A recent report prepared from information obtained from Aberdein Considine’s Property Monitor revealed that the average price for Scottish properties sold in the second quarter of this year (April-June 2018) was £169,450, a 4% increase from the same period last year. The value of properties soared in all of Scotland’s main cities with the exception of ...
  • Should Employees Have the Right to Disconnect ?

    There have recently been a growing number of calls in some countries to give employees the right to ignore out of hours work calls and emails in an attempt to rescue harassed staff from the perils of digital burnout. In France, a measure has been introduced for the first time to give employees a “right to ...
  • Civil Partnerships to Open Up to Heterosexual Couples – Scotland to Follow?

    The Scottish Government has already announced a consultation on the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships and I think it would be safe to say that the law in Scotland is likely to go the same way as in England and Wales. Theresa May announced at the recent Conservative  Party Conference in Birmingham that civil partnerships are ...
  • What Happens to the Family Pet on Divorce?

    What Happens to the Family Pet on Divorce? In the Scottish Legal News dated 9 October 2018 there was a short article entitled ‘And finally…dog eat dog’. Apparently recent legislation in California requires judges to consider an animal’s best interests in divorce proceedings. Assembly member, Bill Quirk, who introduced the bill said “As a proud parent ...
  • The Elderly , Scamming and Loneliness

    Older people are often targeted by scammers. A report from the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies warned that the over- 65s are three times more likely to lose money to fraudsters than to be burgled. Professor Mark Button, director of the fraud studies centre estimated that around 10% of the 3.2 million annual frauds are ...
  • House Prices in Glasgow – An Update

    House prices have risen steadily in Glasgow this year with the latest prices from Registers of Scotland showing that the average property price in Glasgow City was £154,806 this summer, about 3% up on 12 months earlier. Detached houses are revealing the highest growth in price, up 6.6% on 12 months earlier, with an average ...
  • What Landowners Need to Know About Section 75 Agreements

    All landowners know that planning permission is required for a new house or a development but they may not be aware that before planning permission is granted, the Local Authority may ask the applicant to enter into a Section 75 Agreement. So what is a Section 75 Agreement?  Basically it is a contract entered into by ...

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