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First Contract for Difference awards made

National Grid has this morning announced the first wave of projects which have been successful through the UK Government's "Contract for Difference" (CfD) scheme of support for large-scale renewables projects....
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Spousal maintenance - English courts borrow Scottish blueprint

The pronouncement of an appeal court judge in England that the ex-wife of a horse surgeon has no right to expect 'an income for life' and should instead get a...
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Digital legacy after death – Estate planning in the modern age

By Catherine Guthrie It has recently been announced that Facebook is to introduce a"legacy contract", allowing a friend or relative to access and update a person's profile when they die....
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Multiple hydro-electric schemes

There remains significant potential for hydro-electric power generation in Scotland and some sites are lucky enough to be able to offer the potential for more than one hydro-electric scheme, such...
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Moratorium on Fracking in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a moratorium on the grant of planning consents for unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland, including hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as"fracking"). The UK Government...
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Land reform proposals will increase regulatory burden for landowning charities

Land reform proposals published by the Scottish Government have the potential to create an onerous and expensive regulatory burden for charities owning land in Scotland. This is the conclusion which...
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Record breaking deployment of Feed-in Tariff-Scale renewables

Since the completion of the nearly two-year-long comprehensive review of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme ("FiTs"), which began less than a year after the introduction of FiTs, those involved in small...
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Community Energy Proposals Advancing

The Infrastructure Bill continues to make progress through the UK parliament and the community electricity right provisions contained in Part 5 of the Bill are of particular interest. These provisions...
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Charities and political campaigning

The next UK general election will be held on Thursday 7th May 2015, with a Scottish general election due on Thursday 5th May 2016. If the Conservatives remain in power...
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Failure to lodge deposit in a scheme costs landlords 3 times deposit amount

The recently reported case of Russell & Clark v Tenzin 2013 WL 7090698 highlights the importance of complying with the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 176/2011) ("the Regulations")....