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24 Feb 2014

The Lawburrows Act 1429 - Call My Bluff?

The Lawburrows Act sounds like a fictional piece of legislation created for Watership Down or The Hobbit, but it is in fact a genuine statute still...
Blog by
Austin Flynn
24 Feb 2014

Beware of the weed….

I'm not on about dandelions or the like here - but the notorious Japanese Knotweed (which, for the purposes of this note, I'll call the "Weed"!). As...
Blog by
Sally Anthony
21 Feb 2014

The continuing effects of misrepresentation

On 12 February 2014 the Supreme Court reached it decision in the long-running litigation in the case Cramaso LLP v Ogilvie-Grant, Earl of Seafield...
Article by
Richard McMeeken
19 Feb 2014

Capital Gains Tax - last minute planning

As we approach the end of the tax year, it is worth considering whether there is any last minute planning which should be looked at before 5 April...
Blog by
Carryl Beveridge
18 Feb 2014

Let’s tackle risky weather

Some may be using the cold weather as an excuse to avoid exercise and stay indoors this winter. They can now cite the anguish that befell the pursuer...
Article by
Jenny Dickson
18 Feb 2014

The importance of insurance

Most employers are aware of their obligations to hold employer's liability ("EL") insurance. As well as being compulsory, such insurance is important...
Article by
Jenny Dickson
17 Feb 2014

Upcoming changes in employment law

I though it would be useful to do a brief summary of some upcoming changes to employment law which will come into force in April.
Blog by
Innes Clark
17 Feb 2014

Better to extend an existing lease or to create a new one?

In these uncertain times many tenants, whose leases are nearing the end, are reluctant to commit to take a lease of the same, or new, premises for...
Blog by
Sally Anthony
12 Feb 2014

Caste discrimination already protected against discrimination under "race" characteristic

Last year the Government indicated that it did not intend to exercise its power to amend section 9 (5) of the Equality Act 2010 to include caste...
Article by
Carrie Mitchell
10 Feb 2014

Scottish guesthouse discovers the pitfalls of an online rating system

In a much publicised Scottish case, owners of a guest house attempted to recover the details of people who posted negative and potentially defamatory...
Article by
Jenny Dickson
10 Feb 2014

Beware "silent renewal" of leases

I am often asked to clarify the position regarding the termination of a lease. It comes as a surprise to many to learn that their assumption that...
Blog by
Claire Sturrock
7 Feb 2014

Judicial review of employment tribunal fees fails

As I have previously blogged, UNISON has challenged the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in England, and the action raised in Scotland by Fox...
Blog by
Innes Clark
5 Feb 2014

Constructive dismissal

Employers and employees are generally familiar with the concept of unfair dismissal and so employers tend to approach dismissal with one eye on the...
Article by
Kate Sutherland
4 Feb 2014

Bankruptcy reform - halfway there (but to where?)

The Bankruptcy & Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill has just completed its second stage before the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, a full Stage 1...
Article by
Richard McMeeken
3 Feb 2014

Time scales for judicial review of planning decisions

I am often asked how long you need to wait before you can be sure that a planning permission is safe to rely on. The question inevitably leads to a...
Blog by
Douglas Milne
31 Jan 2014

Gowns, wigs and nerves

As is often said in the Morton Fraser Experience Blogs, working in a law firm is not how it is portrayed on TV. Unless you work in litigation.
Blog by
Cameron Greig
31 Jan 2014

Health and safety fines

Our lives are full of financial incentives or penalties to behave in the way society expects.
Article by
Nicola Edgar
30 Jan 2014

Language of the law

Language is an important part of the big bad world of lawyering. Words to a lawyer are like paint to an artist, a set-square to an architect, or a…...
Blog by
Kenneth Law
29 Jan 2014

Back on my soapbox - shareholders' agreements

I think I can still get away with saying 'Happy New Year', although by this time next week, with the school half-term bearing down on us rapidly, it'...
Blog by
Austin Flynn
28 Jan 2014

Real estate lending - Now and in the future?

There have been many headlines over the last few years concerning banks ceasing to fund real estate (or property) and what lending is or is not...
Blog by
Hugo Allan

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