Changes afoot for civil litigation expenses

Following a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 16th January 2018 the long-awaited Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) passed stage 1 of the pre-legislative consultation process.  The Bill seeks to continue the recent legislative process of Court reform in Scotland and it seeks to implement recommendations made by Sheriff Principal […]

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Proud sponsor of the St Mirren Player of the Year Awards Dinner.

Walker Laird are proud to sponsor the St Mirren Player of the Year Awards Dinner for the 4th year in a row. We are also delighted to have been sponsoring Lewis Morgan’s home kit for the whole of the 2017/18 season as well and wish Lewis and his teammates the best of luck for the rest […]

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Australian Court decides a text is a Will

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The widow of a man who took his life applied to the courts in Australia to be appointed to administer his estate. His brothers contested the case on the basis that an unsent text found on his phone was sufficient to constitute his Will. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in […]

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Residential Tenancies – it’s all change!

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On 1st December 2017, a new regime came into place for any new residential tenancies that commence after that date. Gone is the old Short Assured Tenancy with its “clunky” signup where the tenant had to sign a form before even being allowed to enter into the tenancy agreement and the old “no fault” termination […]

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Walker Laird supporting Renfrewshire Foodbank

Walker Laird has teamed up with Renfrewshire Foodbank to help fight hunger this Christmas time. We are pleased to be working together for this year’s Christmas food drive. Facing Christmas with little or no money and struggling to make ends meet can be the reality for many people. Unable to afford food to make a […]

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Sharlene Wardrope supporting The Scottish SPCA

Sharlene Wardrope, Associate Solicitor who heads up Walker Laird’s Remortgage Department, volunteers for the Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) by walking dogs at their Cardonald Centre, known locally as the Glasgow Cat & Dog home.   The Society takes in stray and unwanted domestic animals, finds them new homes […]

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Walker Laird Supports Scottish Drawing Competition

Walker laird continues to support national culture from the local base of Paisley Art Institute. The Scottish Drawing competition has been run by Paisley Art Institute more or less every alternate Autumn since 1983. It is the oldest existing drawing competition in the United Kingdom. The exhibition took place within the Art Galleries of Paisley […]

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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

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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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