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Insights | Family Law

Legal guardian and godparents, what’s the difference?

Choosing a legal guardian or a godparent for your child is a big decision. They’ll probably play a significant role in your child’s upbringing and may even become their primary carer, should the worst happen.

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Podcasts | Corporate Law

Green energy key to fuelling Scotland’s economic future

Our energy system is changing fast. At the beginning of 2020 the renewable energy sector in Scotland was riding a wave of optimism triggered by net-zero targets.

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Insights | Brexit

Brexit Business Checklist

With the continuing uncertainty around the outcome of UK / EU future trade negotiations, we have updated our Brexit checklist for you to identify the aspects of your business which may be affected by the Brexit transition period expiring on 31 December 2020. We've summarised the main points below and will continue to update this article as new information emerges.

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Insights | Brexit

Learning the ropes – leverage at the World Trade Organisation

Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the USA claimed “No nation was ever ruined by trade”. While that may be so, during Trump’s presidency, his choice of leverage in a trade dispute over subsidies to Airbus caused financial distress to Scottish businesses in sectors unconnected to the civil aviation market.

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Insights | Brexit

Brexit withdrawal agreement and the transition period

As of 11pm (midnight central European time) on the 31st January 2020 the UK left the European Union, 47 years after it first acceded to the European Economic Community. We are now in a ‘transitional period’ in terms of our relationship with the EU.

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Events | Charities & Third Sector

Annual Charities Conference 2020

At our online conference on Tuesday 3rd November, we discussed the impact Coronavirus has had on the third sector, what individuals and organisations have been doing to help keep charities afloat, employment and funding issues and look to the future. 

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Insights | Employment

The Job Support Scheme

On 31 October, the UK Government announced new lockdown measures which will take effect across the whole of England between 5 November and 2 December. As a result of these new measures, the Job Support Scheme, which was due to start on 1 November, has been suspended. 

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Insights | Rural

Building business resilience in the age of adaptation

As we all become used to the prospect of life taking on a new normal, serious questions are being asked across society. What form will the Scottish recovery take? Can we build our rural businesses back better, stronger and with more resilience? Can environmental sustainability be instilled at the heart of this recovery? 

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Insights | Housing

Coronavirus Private Rented Housing Update

Measures which deal with the protection of tenants in privately rented housing arising from consequences of Covid-19 have been introduced by the UK and Scottish governments.

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Podcasts | Corporate Law

Adapting for change in the bar, restaurant and brewery sector

Adapting to change is a challenge all businesses are now facing and the bar, restaurant and brewery sector, in particular, is finding new ways of adjusting its business model to ensure customers can access their services in a safe way.

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Insights | Family Law

Relocating after separating – courts focus on best interests of the children

Moving to a new location is a big step at the best of times. During the pandemic, moving abroad or even to a new town, has its challenges. Planning a family relocation carefully is essential, including deciding whether a move should happen at all.

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Insights | Corporate Law

A guide to Employee Ownership Trusts

Succession planning is never an easy topic for business owners to address. However there is an alternative to selling the business. Employee Ownership Trusts are now becoming established as a successful option for businesses.

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