GDPR Update: Nine Months on

What does the data protection landscape for Scottish charities look like now, nine months on?

Scottish Land Commission publishes Protocol on “Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land”

The Scottish Land Commission has published its first Protocol in a series of Protocols to support the practical implementation of the Scottish Government’s Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, produced in...

New Government Consultation on Parental Leave

The UK government announced on 25th January the opening of their new consultation on parental leave, specifically whether the protection from redundancy afforded to mothers while on maternity leave should...

Employment status – what it says on the tin?

The recent decision of Morrison v Aberdein Considine & Co is yet another example of someone’s employment status being called into question.

Changes to the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax regime

Following the proposals in the recent Scottish Budget delivered by Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay in December last year, the Scottish Parliament has now approved a number of changes to...

Energy Efficiency of homes in Scotland

It is expected that the Scottish Government will bring forward regulations to improve energy efficiency in the private rented sector.

Consultation on Scottish Charity Law

On 7th January 2019, the Scottish government opened a consultation on Scottish charity law. It has been over 17 years since the Scottish Charity Law Review Commission (the McFadden Commission)...

Right to Roam?

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everyone a right of access over land and inland water throughout Scotland as long as this is exercised responsibly.

No (BPR) Break for Holiday Lettings

Further to our post, ‘Victory in Vigne – A Break for Business Property Relief?’, in November 2018, here we outline the position in relation to business property relief (BPR) and...

Billionaire Divorce

The recent announcement of Jeff Besoz of Amazon that he and his wife were going to divorce, created quite a stir in the news because of the likelihood of it...

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb, that is the question

Further to the article “Fighting Back Against Airbnb” featured in Turcan Connell’s blog in October, this article discusses what may be in store for landlords who frequently let out properties...

Setting the (Repairing) Standard: Tenant Housing in Agricultural Holdings

On 7th November, Tenant Farming Commissioner (“TFC”) Bob McIntosh announced that the Scottish Government intends to make legislation in 2019 to introduce the repairing standard to agricultural holdings.