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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. Other issues could have been resolved if that agreement had been updated as partners retired or passed away.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Managing charity reserves in the new landscape

As pandemic-era support recedes, charities are once again faced with a familiar challenge: balancing rising costs against unpredictable sources of income. This picture has been further complicated by soaring inflation driving up wages and energy costs in particular for our operational charities.

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Insights | Employment

The ‘new normal’ – How the hospitality sector can utilise the Immigration system to plug recruitment gaps

In recent years recruiting key staff has become an existential challenge for many businesses in the hospitality sector.

Amidst the maelstrom of seismic events impacting the sector – leaving the EU and the resulting end of Free Movement, the pandemic, energy costs and high inflation – it can be difficult to identify which changes are permanent, which are temporary and the current lie of the land.

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Insights | Commercial Property

The lockdown trends that didn’t last – insolvency in the retail sector

In August 2023 there were 112 company insolvencies registered in Scotland, six percent higher than the number in August 2022 and 44% higher than the pre-Covid figures of August 2019. Official statistics released by the Insolvency Service demonstrate that the retail sector continues to follow this upward insolvency trajectory - evidence that baking banana bread and family zoom quizzes aren’t the only trends to have fallen out of fashion...

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Insights | Employment

Are we ever going to talk about periods at work?

An estimated one in three women (or trans men or non-binary people with a womb) will experience abnormal periods at some point in their reproductive lives, often in the years leading up to menopause. Every day, heavy bleeding, PMS, crippling fatigue or painful conditions such as endometriosis make working life difficult for many thousands of employees.

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Insights | Public Sector

Freedom of information in Scotland – where are we now?

There is a lot going on in the realm of freedom of information in Scotland just now, and it can be hard to keep pace with it all. However, it’s very important that public sector organisations keep their finger on the pulse. In this article we’ve summarised some of the important headlines in this sector which will hopefully serve as a useful reference point.

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Insights | Family Law, Tax

Tax Implications of Separation and Divorce

When a marriage or civil partnership breaks down the last thing on your mind is the effect that the break-up might have on your relationship with the tax man. Although, there have been recent relaxations to the tax rules, separating couples who do not factor in tax at the outset, could be in for a nasty surprise.

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Insights | Tax

Furnished holiday lets – time for a tax break

The much-publicised new licensing scheme for short term lets may result in the tax benefits available to owners being ever more important in determining whether to continue to let a property as holiday accommodation. The benefits are available only if certain tests are satisfied, so we’ve reviewed whether they remain an attractive investment proposition from a tax perspective.

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Events | Employment
  • Date: 3rd October 2023

Club HR: Discover how mediation works in the workplace

This webinar took place on Tuesday 3 October as part of our Club HR series, which is suitable for HR professionals or those with responsibility for managing staff. Our qualified firm mediators, Alun Thomas, Jemma Forrest, Fiona Gray and Dawn Dickson, led a panel discussion on mediation.

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Insights | About Us

Traineeships at Anderson Strathern: Craig McCracken

I joined Anderson Strathern as a Trainee Solicitor in March 2021. During my traineeship, I had the opportunity to complete four seats across three separate departments (Commercial Real Estate, Employment, Immigration and Pensions, Private Client and then returned to Employment, Immigration and Pensions).

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