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  • What the Homelessness Statistics Show Us

    Every June the Scottish Government releases a set of statistics showing how many households applied as homeless over the past year and a whole spreadsheet of information about those people. Jessica Husbands of Shelter Scotland, a self professed lover of stats, found the spreadsheet a minefield of information. By examining the data she discovered some ...
  • Shelter Scotland Launches “Toolkit for Tenants”

    An online “toolkit” for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from SafeDeposits Scotland Trust. SafeDeposit Scotland Trust (the only not-for-profit deposit scheme in Scotland) made a grant of £28,083 to Shelter Scotland earlier this year after it was approached by the housing charity with ...
  • Tunisia Attack: Families Claiming Damages Against TUI UK Limited

    Last month it was announced that victims of the 2015 Tunisia terror attack along with relatives of those who died have raised civil proceedings against the holiday firm TUI UK Limited. The families of 22 people who died in the Sousse atrocity as well as 50 people who suffered injuries such as gunshot or shrapnel ...
  • 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 ...

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