The Apprentice…..well, Trainee Solicitor, actually

In this article, Anna Brown talks about her experience of working with Walker Laird as a new Trainee Solicitor. Anna is no stranger to our News having previously reflected on her work experience with Walker Laird. You can read that article by clicking here. Her first taste of the firm certainly didn’t put her off […]

Helping you get on the property ladder without the Bank of Mum and Dad

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It appears that the “Bank of Mum and Dad” is becoming an increasingly popular avenue among first time buyers for property funding. Research suggests that the Bank of Mum and Dad will lend over £6.5 billion in 2017 to help their children get on the property ladder, a £1.5 billion increase from last year. As […]

Separation and Divorce – what are my rights?

Life is never straightforward! When couples are considering separation or divorce, they are likely to face a wide range of issues. Emotions of hurt and anger, though understandable, must be kept in check at this very difficult time. Although it is extremely difficult to take the emotions out of the situation, one way of doing […]

Simple Procedure

Simple Procedure came into effect on 28th November 2016. It’s designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes up to £5,000. It has replaced the Small Claims procedure as well as Summary Cause Procedure for certain types and values of cases. The Rt. Hon. Lord Carloway, Chair of the Scottish Civil […]

Claiming Personal Injury Compensation? Watch out for that Time Bar

If you want to pursue a claim for personal injury, the Court of Session in Edinburgh recently highlighted the importance raising a court action within the correct time limit. The law relating to the time limits for an action to be raised has been in place since 1973. Section 17 of the Prescription and Limitation […]

Accidents Can Happen

Here’s one for those of you who like numbers. Do you know that the Health & Safety Executive have published figures showing that in the 2014/15 year employers reported there to have been 78,000 non-fatal injuries to workers? When worker-reported accidents are taken into account, that figure rises to 611,000 injuries at work. Confused? You […]

Kirklandneuk Primary School WOW’s Walker Laird with their Artwork

Kirklandneuk Primary School recently took part in their World of Work (WOW) Week, an initiative to help inspire pupils about their future and the opportunities available to them through the success stories told by local businesses. Ronnie McGinlay (Partner), Pamela Evans (Estate Agent Negotiator) and Hazel McGinlay (Business Development Manager) at Walker Laird had a […]

Inheritance Tax – Residence Nil Rate Band

A new Inheritance Tax allowance comes into force on 6th April 2017. This will apply to property left to direct descendants. The Residence Nil Rate Band, as the new relief is called, means that from this year, a new tax free allowance will apply to a property left by a deceased person to a descendent. […]

Helping your children get on the property ladder

The bank of mum and dad is a cliché that’s well worked in today’s economic times, not least when it comes to helping children to get a leg up onto the property ladder. Rising property prices and lenders restricting the level of borrowing has meant that younger people have found it increasingly difficult to bridge […]

Business Rates and what you need to know about the 2017 revaluation

This year will see a revaluation of business rates. Revaluations like this happen every five years. The Scottish Assessors conduct a revaluation exercise to determine the rateable value of public and private non-domestic property. This revaluation was supposed to have taken place in 2015 but was postponed until this year.   Will you be affected […]