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Insights | Corporate Law, Employment

I’m dreaming of an incident-free Christmas Party

This time of the year is usually filled with festive excitement for the greatly anticipated Christmas party. Perhaps more than ever in light of the new variant in circulation and us living somewhat “normally” at the moment, employers and businesses will need to be particularly aware of health and safety guidance and potential liabilities arising from the festivities.

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Insights | Residential Property, Rural

Found your Highland dream home? Know what you’re buying

We’re seeing the draw of a more remote life become more appealing as remote working has become a realistic option for many of us. But when your rural idyll lies within one of the crofting counties, such as the Highlands, are you always aware of what you are buying?

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Insights | Medical Negligence, Trusts

It’s about being personable – Anderson Strathern’s approach to personal injury awards and trusts

It’s important to have the right people advising and supporting you when raising a claim and setting up a trust. It is not a one size fits all approach. We always get to know our clients as we guide them through the different stages of a claim, setting up a trust and the future running of it.

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Insights | Commercial Property, Rural

NPF4 – Scotland’s rural vision

On 10 November 2021, the Scottish Government published the long-awaited consultation draft of its Fourth National Planning Framework (“NPF4”). The ministerial forward makes it clear that the overall approach is to assist in achieving “net zero sustainable development by 2045”. This is therefore one of the most significant publications in national planning policy.

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Insights | Rural

From Star Gazing to Forest Bathing – diversifying traditional farming through Eco-Tourism

From Brexit to the Coronavirus pandemic to COP26, the ever changing legal, economic and environmental landscapes in the UK have undoubtedly been difficult for both individuals and businesses to navigate. The farming sector, in particular, seems to have had more than its fair share of hurdles to contend with.

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Insights | Rural

The Peatland Code

Globally, climate change is high on the political agenda and is a key factor driving a surge in investment into the restoration of natural resources. In the rural landscape there are two main natural capital schemes which are piquing the interest of investors, these are the Woodland Carbon Code and the Peatland Code.

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Insights | Residential Property, Rural

Improving conditions for rural let properties

Holyrood has consistently placed importance on improving the quality of houses (and indeed landlords!) in the private rented sector; for example by introducing requirements for private landlords to register as fit and proper persons to be a landlord; the introduction of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and, perhaps most importantly, the introduction of the “Repairing Standard” in 2007.

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Insights | Energy, Rural

Outcomes from COP26 That Affect Us All

No-one can escape climate change news. Just switch on the radio or television, read a newspaper, or look out the window to see the effect that climate change is having on our planet and, closer to home, our urban and rural spaces and our families. We have to face it and we have to change.

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Insights | Commercial Property

Scotland 2045 – the NPF4 vision

On 10 November 2021, the Scottish Government published the long-awaited consultation draft of its Fourth National Planning Framework (“NPF4”). The ministerial forward makes it clear that the overall approach is to assist in achieving “net zero sustainable development by 2045”. This is therefore one of the most significant publications in national planning policy terms.

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Insights | Corporate Law

Ventilation advice for returning to the workplace

As many of us return to the workplace, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Scottish Government are emphasising the importance of good ventilation to minimise the risk of coronavirus. The guidance specifies planning should be based around appropriate risk assessments and providing a safe working environment.

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Insights | Commercial Litigation

Let’s talk mediation

This week, Anderson Strathern is proud to support International Mediation Awareness Week #IMAW. IMAW is week of conferences with keynote speakers that aim to bring greater awareness to mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution.

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Insights | Commercial Litigation

Mediators keeping it cool at COP26

Further to being the second week of COP26, 8th – 14th November is also International Mediation Awareness Week, and events across the world are taking place in an effort to raise awareness of the power of mediation to resolve conflict.

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