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Civil Partnerships: an option only available for same sex couples?

As most people will be aware it is now legally possible for a same sex couple to get married; to enter into a civil partnership; or to convert their previously...
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English court refuses woman divorce: could it happen in Scotland?

Following hot on the heels of a decision by the English courts to award a woman, who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making poor financial decisions, larger...
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Divorce: lifelong spousal maintenance?

A recent ruling from the Court of Appeal in England may well, at first blush, cause concern for anyone who is divorced or considering it. This brief blog aims to...
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Fox hunting: new code of practice and consultation in pipeline

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed plans to strengthen fox hunting laws in Scotland following a review by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy of the Protection of Wild Animals (Scotland)...
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Wild mountain times: a consultation on Wild Land Areas

A Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) consultation seeks views on draft guidance for the protection of Wild Land Areas (WLAs), with accompanying descriptions for all 42 areas, concentrated in the north...
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Edinburgh SW Foodbank

Janette Howard, partners secretary at Turcan Connell, organised a collection in the office for the Edinburgh SW Foodbank. Janette has written of the success of this year's collection below. It’s...
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Exiting From a Family or Owner Managed Business

An exit from an owner managed or family business can take a number of forms. There are many dynamics at play covering things such as suitable and willing family members...
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Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy Approved

During their meeting on 15th December, The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates fertility matters in the UK, has endorsed the findings of a scientific review concluding that...
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Housing: Short Assured Tenancies

For a tenancy of a residential property to qualify as a Short Assured Tenancy (SAT) it must be for a period of at least six months and a Form called...
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Christmas Contact

“Christmas!” The very word conjures up cosy images of cheerful times, presents, twinkly lights, and sentiment, and, for the most part, happiness, a time for family to come together, and...
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Child Relocation

In recently published research, the English law firm Pennington Manches LLP, in connection with Thomson Reuters, has ranked Scotland 19th out of 22 jurisdictions for allowing a separated parent to...
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My First Month as a Turcan Connell Trainee

By Jonathan Barron, Trainee Solicitor Taking the first step onto the career ladder is a significant moment for any budding young solicitor, which can often feel like a leap into...