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Grandparents Rights

Grandparents have been in the news recently with Esther Rantzen, amongst others, highlighting the harrowing stories of grandparents whose relationship with their grandchildren has been obstructed or terminated following parental...
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Prenups: An Alternative View

Ever since I have been in practice – and that is a very long time – there has been a popular myth that Prenuptial Agreements are simply not enforceable in...
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The introduction of the new tenancy regime in Scotland

The Scottish Government has now set the date for the introduction of the new tenancy regime in Scotland – 1st December 2017. From that date, it will no longer be...
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Turcan Connell Charity Hockey Tournament raises £7,000 for CCLASP

On Friday 15th September, Turcan Connell hosted its second inter-firm hockey tournament, this time raising £7,000 for its nominated Charity of the Year, CCLASP.
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Update: Civil Partnerships: an option only available for same sex couples?

In February 2017, the Court of Appeal rejected a heterosexual couple’s case that they have the right to choose to have their relationship recognised in the form of a civil...
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Views sought on modernisation of crofting law

A Scottish Government consultation seeks opinions on potential new legislation to reform crofting law. Modern crofting law has been variously described as complex, obscure and difficult to implement. The aim,...
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Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016

The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 28th April 2016, with parts of the 2016 Act coming into force on 28th December 2016. Although the primary...
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Turcan Connell announces its new Charity of the year, CCLASP

Turcan Connell announces their new Charity of the Year, CCLASP. Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) help children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia...
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Granting a Power of Attorney

Granting a power of attorney (PoA) has become another item on clients’ ‘must do’ list along with putting in place or regularly reviewing the provisions of a Will or asset...
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HMRC Information Powers – Common Reporting Standards

You may have received a letter from us in relation to HMRC’s information powers. From 2016, HM Revenue & Customs are getting an unprecedented amount of information about taxpayer’s overseas...
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What are the benefits of Voluntary Registration?

Registers of Scotland (the holders of both the Sasine Register and the Land Register) has embarked on a campaign promoting Voluntary Registration which is particularly aimed at owners of rural...
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What is Voluntary Registration?

Titles to land in Scotland are registered either on the “Sasine Register” or the “Land Register”. The “Sasine Register” is the oldest property register in the world and is a...