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  • 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 ...
  • Trainees – Who Would Have Them? We Would

    At this very moment we have two trainees at Mitchells Roberton and view the employment of trainees as part of our investment in the future of the firm. During the two year period of their traineeship, each trainee will work in four different departments spending six months in each of the Residential Conveyancing Department, Private Client ...
  • An App to Help in the Fight Against Modern Day Slavery

    “If there is one abuse that offends our conscience in every way it is the enslavement of a human being. No child should be born without hope; no person should live without freedom.” Desmond Tutu Many Scottish people would not believe that modern day slavery is an issue in their area, yet it is widespread throughout ...
  • A Loan for Self-Build Homes is Now Available

    The Scottish Government have announced a new loan available for people who want to build their own homes. After a successful pilot scheme run in the Highlands, the £4million fund is now open for applications from eligible city or rural self- builders who are unable to access a standard loan. Announcing the new fund, Housing Minister, Kevin ...
  • The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016

    From the 31 January 2018 anyone undertaking residential letting agency work in Scotland must ensure that their service delivery is compliant with The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Code sets out the standards of practice which letting agents must meet, and includes specific requirements around how clients’ money should be handled. ...

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