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  • August 2018 – Opting in? Organ donation and/or Anatomical Research

    Proposed “opt-out” system for organ donation In June the Human Tissue (Authorisation)(Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The main purpose of the Bill is to introduce a soft “opt-out” system of organ donation for the purposes of transplantation. The current law provides that organs can only be donated by someone if either the person has ...
  • July 2018 – Commercial leases under the microscope

    Commercial leases are big business in Scotland. But while there are acres of excruciating legislation covering residential and agricultural leases there’s precious little covering commercial ones. That can be an advantage. The absence of detailed legislative provision allows for greater flexibility when it comes to the terms of commercial leases. But the downside is that ...
  • June 2018 – First time buyers & a “Land and Buildings Transaction Tax” break

    Some modest relief from “Land and Buildings Transaction Tax” (“LBTT”) has been introduced for first-time buyers. The relevant statutory order (the snappily-titled “Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (First-Time Buyer Relief)(Scotland) Order 2018”) came into force on 30th In outline, the relief and the conditions for qualifying for the relief are as follows. Description of relief First-time buyer relief ...
  • May 2018 – Notices & employment – When does a notice period begin to run?

    Rarely can the answer to the question “when does a notice period begin to run?” have been more starkly illustrated than in the case of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood which was decided by the Supreme Court last month. The facts – in outline Mrs Haywood was employed by the NHS Foundation Trust ...
  • April 2018 – The “right to roam” clarified

    The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) provides that everyone has the right to be on land, for recreational or educational purposes, and to cross land. These rights are generally known as the “right to roam” and apply to most land and inland water and include walking, cycling and other non-motorised activities. The right to ...
  • February 2018 – LBTT’s 3rd Birthday – Part 2

    This is a follow-up to last month’s BPU on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) at the end of which it was said: “As far as are concerned LBTT has largely followed the approach taken in the UK “stamp duty land tax” legislation [i.e. the equivalent to LBTT which still applies for the rest ...
  • February 2018 – LBTT’s 3rd Birthday

    Birthday announcement by Revenue Scotland The Revenue Scotland website recently announced (emphases added): “The  Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 sets out the legislative requirement for a tax return to be submitted for leases in Scotland in specific circumstances including: Every three years from the effective date of the lease On assignation On termination The first three-year review point ...
  • January 2018 – Letting Agents Code

    The “Code” here is nothing to do with Da Vinci but is more prosaic. On 31st January, the Letting Agent Code of Practice came into force. The Regulations (the Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016) include the 25-page Code as a schedule. In outline: The Code makes provisions about: the standards of practice of persons who carry ...

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