Separating cohabiting couples – beware the 1 year rule

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A recently decided case in the Court of Session emphasised the need for separating cohabiting couples to take legal advice if one party intends to make a claim for a capital sum against one the other. A key aspect of this case was the failure by the Pursuer to apply to the Court for an […]

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Registers of Scotland: Latest House Price Index Report

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The latest monthly House Price Index Report for Scotland has been published by the Registers of Scotland. This month’s edition gives us the average price of residential property across Scotland for August 2017 and the volume of sales for June 2017 (the latest dates for which these data are available). The Report shows an increase […]

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Do you need a Shareholders Agreement?

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Going into business with someone can be a little like going into a marriage – it’s fine if it’s all going well, but if problems develop the “divorce” can be terribly acrimonious and terribly expensive! If you are a shareholder in a private limited company, there are some very good reasons for having a Shareholders […]

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Staff News – Cecilia Miller judges Blockchain Hackathon

I was excited to be asked to be part of the judging panel at a Blockchain Hackathon which took place at Strathclyde University at the weekend hosted by Girl Geek Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland in partnership with Scotchain 17.   What is a Blockchain Hackathon I hear you all ask? Good question. A Hackathon […]

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“There were more home buyers in Scotland in the second quarter of 2017 than any other quarter since 2007”

Carol Anderson, Chair of UK Finance Scotland Mortgage Committee made this comment following publication of the Council of Mortgage Lender’s latest report on house buying activity in Scotland. The report states: Home buyers borrowed £2.5bn – up 35% quarter on quarter and 10% year on year First-time buyers borrowed £1.1bn – up 29% on the […]

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Dilapidations; the sting in the tail of a commercial lease

At the end of a commercial lease, the landlord usually carries out an inspection of the property and then issues a Schedule of Dilapidations. Dilapidations are essentially a claim for damages based on the repairing obligations as set out in the lease. Under common law in Scotland, the tenant’s obligations are largely limited to liability […]

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Financial Conduct Authority – New approach to PPI Claims

As the deadline of 29th August 2019 for making a claim for compensation for mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance approaches, we learn that the Financial Conduct Authority is to run a major advertising campaign featuring a model head and the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the FCA said: “Our campaign aims to […]

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Walker Laird are looking forward to The Business Lunch 2017.

We are delighted to be attending The Prince and Princess of Wales Business Lunch on October 6th, an annual event that is much anticipated on the Scottish Business Calendar.   This year’s event will once again be hosted in Glasgow City Chambers and is sponsored by, chartered accountants, Campbell Dallas. This year’s guest speaker is […]

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Employment Tribunal Fees Illegal – Official!

The UK Supreme Court has declared application fees for Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals illegal as they are contrary to UK and EU law. In delivering its judgement on this case, the Court said “The Fees Order is unlawful under both domestic and EU law because it has the effect of preventing access to […]