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  • Work Christmas Party – Avoid the Hangover

    After we all spent our Christmas last year in lockdown, confined to our houses and eating Christmas dinner with our families over zoom, the hope of a somewhat normal Christmas this year compared to last should bring some much-needed joy and excitement to everyone. Part of that excitement turns towards the discussion over the work ...
  • Can I be Forced to Work on Christmas Day?

    With the lead up to Christmas well and truly underway, the majority of people are looking forward to being able to relax and celebrate with their families when the big day comes. However, unfortunately for some, it will not be Santa they are setting their alarms for. It is reported that around 1 million people work ...
  • Let me Sub-let?

    With the upcoming COP26 to be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November and around 25,000 delegates alone attending, the demand for places to stay during the event has gone through the roof. The  rates for many properties have skyrocketed with prices for Airbnb properties multiplying by hundreds of percent. One Glasgow property ...
  • Low Carbon Standards Coming For New Homes

    According to Wikipedia “A low-energy house is characterized by an energy-efficient design and technical features which enable it to provide high living standards and comfort with low energy consumption and carbon emissions.” It is understood that buildings alone account for almost 40% of all human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world, 20% of which come ...
  • Should Help to Buy be Here to Stay?

    In 2013 the Scottish Government introduced the Help to Buy Scheme. From its inception until the end of March 2018 the Scheme has assisted in the purchase of 12,800 new build properties, at a cost of around £436 million. The emphasis for Help to Buy in Scotland was to supply affordable homes and support smaller developers. ...
  • Estate Planning and Burns

    Burns night has just passed and I am sure lots of haggis, neeps and tatties have been devoured and many a poem recited and songs enjoyed. Robert Burns was born on the 25th January 1759 and died on 21 July 1796. He is familiarly known as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard and the Ploughman Poet ...
  • Are you Divorced and Now in a New Relationship ?

    Recent research has been carried out by Direct Life Line Insurance which revealed that 60% of divorced adults in the UK, who are now in a new relationship, have failed to update any of their personal finances since their previous marriage. This includes the beneficiaries of their pension, death in service benefits, health and life ...
  • Cheers to Norwich City Football Club

    I don’t know how many times and how many ways to say it, but the importance of having a Will cannot be overstated. To put it in a simple context, please read this true and heartwarming little anecdote. A gentleman called Barrie Greaves, aged 83, left £100 in his Will to buy the players of Norwich ...
  • Loan, Advance, Gift ?

    A recent Scottish court decision issued just after Christmas last year has shown that tensions can arise after a death where there is no documentation in place to illuminate the nature of a lifetime payment made by the deceased. Is it a loan? Is it an advance? Is it an outright gift? The facts of the ...
  • Ethical Veganism is now A Recognised Protected Belief

    To me, it is hardly surprising that a tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a protected belief.  Under the Equalities Act 2010 beliefs are protected if they meet certain criteria; namely the belief must be genuinely held, it must be a belief rather than an opinion or point of view and it must be ...

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