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Insights | Tax

Scottish budget 2020-21 includes significant changes for commercial leasing

While history was made when Kate Forbes, the youngest ever Scottish Public finance minister laid out the Scottish Government’s Budget for 2020-2021, the Budget proposed a significant change for commercial leasing in Scotland.

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Insights | Commercial Property

Who cuts the grass on the other side of the fence?

A report on the BBC’s Money Box programme highlighted some questions about maintenance charges in housing estates. How do they arise? Are they fair? Some might ask why somebody would have to pay to cut the grass on a strip of ground that is half a mile distant from their house? And how does the Scottish position differ from that in the case the BBC highlighted of Denise Sullivan?

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Insights | Family Law

Divorce and the interests of children

Separation and divorce can be one of the most challenging times for families, especially where there are children involved. Decisions should be made in the best interests of the children, but at what stage should their views be taken into consideration?

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Insights | Tax

A tax guide for first time home buyers

There have been a raft of Scottish Government initiatives encouraging home ownership, there are both pitfalls as well as opportunities for first time buyers. Getting the right advice is key.

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Insights | Family Law

Separation & Divorce – the FAQs answered

No one walks down the aisle on their wedding day thinking they’ll separate or get divorced. Unfortunately for some, that ends up being the reality. The decision to separate can be mutual and even be amicable, but for others it can be fraught process.

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Insights | Medical Negligence

Strict time limits enforced in appeals to the Court of Session

Appellants seeking to bring late appeals in the Inner House of the Court of Session will have to show that they have ‘done all that they reasonably can to bring the appeal on time’. 

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Insights | Employment

Hot, hot, hot – maximum temperatures at work

Although more people now than ever are working from home, others are returning to the workplace (and some never left at all). For those back in the workplace the question of ‘whether there is a maximum temperature beyond which an employee is entitled to go home?’ will no doubt start being asked. The answer is there isn't.

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Insights | Employment

Covert recording of meetings – is it misconduct?

With the development of technology and advent of smart phones, it is becoming increasingly easy for employees to take videos, photos or even make voice recordings at work with just the click of a button.

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Insights | Family Law

Navigating summer holiday arrangements for separated parents

During the school year, you probably already have a schedule that works for you and your family. But, the summer holidays can throw everything off track. How do you manage childcare arrangements? Travel abroad? And, so much more.

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Insights | Employment

Your guide to settlement agreements

Being presented with a settlement agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement) by your employer can be unsettling and worrying. Though circumstances vary, you are most likely to receive a settlement agreement when your employer is suggesting bringing your employment to an end.

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Insights | Medical Negligence

Medical negligence: expert witnesses need to know about any differences in witness evidence

The dangers of expert evidence in a medical negligence case being based on only one witness's account where that account is disputed by another witness has been highlighted in the recent decision in Taylor v Dailly Health Centres. 

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