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Insights | Employment

Restrictive covenants – our top ten tips for employers and employees

In every employment contract (whether set out expressly in writing or orally agreed) there is also always an implied duty to keep employer information confidential during employment. This implied duty extends beyond the termination of the employment, but only to the extent that it protects trade secrets.

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Insights | Employment, Rural

Getting the basics right as a rural employer

Employing anyone can be a complicated business – even more so when you are a rural employer as you have to be mindful of the additional protection agricultural workers have.

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Insights | Transport

Tax check for taxi driver licences

The UK Government has decided to change the law to expand what it refers to as tax conditionality for the hidden economy. These changes are to apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland, having previously been introduced in England & Wales.

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Insights | Rural

The importance of having a farming partnership agreement

We are currently dealing with a number of Farming Partnership disputes and some of our colleagues are similarly engaged. Many of the matters that are arising could have been avoided or more easily resolved if there had been a written partnership agreement in place. If you run your farming operation with others, it really is essential to have a properly drawn up partnership agreement.

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Events | Employment

Inspiring People Confidence – Managers’ Bootcamp

One-day management bootcamp November 2022 in Glasgow and Aberdeen locations.

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Insights | Employment

Strike disruption & infections rising – What are the employment implications?

With many parts of the UK facing disruption to work from the biggest rail strike in decades and concerns from rising infection rates (not just from COVID-19 but also monkeypox and even polio) many may be asking questions about where employers and employees stand.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector, Wills

Your guide to Scottish Wills – what not to forget, gifting assets and charitable donations

Legacies are commonly one of the most thoughtful and important aspects of any Will. Deciding what to leave beneficiaries and ensuring that they receive the gift requires careful thought from the individual detailing their wishes, but also skill on behalf of the solicitor drafting the document.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Charities Act 2022 – what charities with dual Scottish/English charity registration need to know

Reform of charity law in the UK has been on the agenda recently for legislators both north and south of the border. Those operating charities cross-border will know that the rules governing charities in Scotland are not entirely consistent with those that apply in England and Wales.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Naming a building after a donor – gift aid rules

HMRC’s guidance on the gift aid rules which covered this point was updated in 2019. It was however slightly ambiguous in its terms, leading to some confusion about whether or not this was still the case.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Charity investment duties – cross-border and in Scotland

As a charity lawyer, it is not too often that we have the excitement of litigation, testing the principles of charity law, making it to court. In recent times we have seen some high profile and interesting cases doing just that - in Scotland, the New Lanark Case, whereas south of the border, the Kids Company case and now Butler-Sloss & Ors v The Charity Commission.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Thinking about updating your charity’s legal structure?

We all know how important it is to keep our charity’s constitution and purposes up to date. Depending on how your charity is constituted however, it may also be appropriate for the trustees to consider taking one step further and asking whether or not the charity also needs to update its legal form.

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