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  • Please Mind the Gap

    The first round of gender pay gap reporting was certainly big news in 2018. Last year in line with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, over 10,500 companies reported their gender pay gap figures. By the deadline of 4 April 2018 just over 94% of companies had reported. According to an article ...
  • My Traineeship Survival Kit

    I am now a quarter of my way through my traineeship with Mitchells Roberton and I have survived! My first six months have been spent in the Residential Conveyancing  Department and I am moving on now to working in the Private Client Department and looking forward to this new challenge. When I started I really ...
  • 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 ...

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