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  • Advance Directives and Dying Matters

    I recently had a discussion with a client and the subject of advance directives (sometimes known as  living wills) arose. It is a sad matter to talk about, but the fact is, in life some people do become incapacitated either physically, mentally or both. A person may suffer from extreme dementia and have no idea what ...
  • Rear-End Collisions. Who is to blame?

    I have always understood that if a driver bumps into the car in front, the driver of the rear vehicle is 100% at fault. However, a recent Scottish case heard in the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court, has turned this general assumption on its head. The case is Leslie O’Donnell v Lisa Smith. Lisa Smith was driving ...
  • The Bank of Mum and Dad – A Loan or a Gift?

    The Bank of Mum and Dad is now a well coined phrase. According to an article in the Telegraph on 28 August 2018 on average parents spend around £18,000 supporting children, helping them get on the property ladder, buying a new car, clearing off a debt or helping with funding for post graduate education. But ...
  • 2019 Statutory Pay Rate Changes

    The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2019. The weekly rate of statutory maternity pay at the moment is £145.18 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate. As of the 7th ...
  • Skiing Accidents Do Happen

    I am a keen skier if not the best. There are spectacular ski resorts in Europe ranging from the French resort La Plagne- Tarentaise, to St Anton am Arlberg in Austria and Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. I along with thousands of other holidaymakers from the UK hope to be jetting off this winter for ...
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh House Prices Rise Faster than Other UK Cities Outside London

    The two largest cities in Scotland have both seen an average price growth of at least 9% in 2018- more than double the UK average according to recent data from HouseSimple. Property prices in Glasgow have increased by 9.1% from £126,016, at the start of the year to £137,507 in September 2018. Similarly Edinburgh saw average ...
  • Debt Recovery Tips

    At Mitchells Roberton we have a strong debt recovery team. Keeping on top of your business’ finances is essential to a successful business. Cash flow is important and can be made difficult when you have slow payers, those who only pay up when faced with no alternative but to do so and there are always ...
  • Beware: Executor Personally Liable to Pay Inheritance Tax Bill

    Acting as executor for an estate carries a great deal of responsibility and while the majority of executries are completed without incident, complications can arise and executors can sometimes find themselves in a difficult and unexpected situation. At some point in our lives many of us will be asked to be an executor for a friend ...
  • A Company is Held Vicariously Liable after an Assault at a Christmas Night Out

    The festive season is now over for another year with all the work Christmas parties attended and hopefully enjoyed by everyone. We all love a work Christmas night out but unfortunately a recent case  Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd  (2018) heard by the Court of Appeal has caused concerns for employers and businesses. The Court heard ...
  • Scotland is Placed Middle of the Board for Inheritance Tax Liability in the UK

    Following a Freedom of Information request by Direct Line, Guildford in Surrey was dubbed the Inheritance Tax capital of the UK after it was revealed that as many as 658 families from the town southwest of London were subject to the tax between 2015 and 2016. On average, each family is said to have paid ...

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