Surrogacy: are the UK’s laws outdated?

The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have recently published a joint consultation paper, Building Families through Surrogacy: a new law. The commissions label the...

The future of civil partnerships in Scotland

Mixed-sex couples in Scotland may soon be able to enter into civil partnerships under the Scottish Government’s proposal to bring equality to legally recognised relationships.

English court upholds seniority presumption in common calamity

In Scarle (Deceased) v Scarle (Deceased) [2019] EWHC 2224 (Ch), the England and Wales High Court has upheld a presumption, applicable in the event of a common calamity, whereby the...

Changes to the repairing standard: the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of Repairing Standard) Regulations 2019

Changes are being made to the types of property to which the repairing standard applies.

Relinquishment and assignation: limited partnership agricultural tenancies

A limited partnership agricultural tenancy (LPAT) was, historically, a common way of creating a fixed-term 1991 Act tenancy. The parties to the limited partnership were the general partner who was...

Reforming charity taxation and non-domestic rates

I will not seek to repeat in detail the background or current position in relation to non-domestic rates in Scotland, the statutory basis and how they are applied – that...

Life as an Intern 2019 | final round-up

In a final post, the 2019 interns reflect on their time at Turcan Connell.

Benefits of family investment companies and when to use them

What is a family investment company and when should they be used? Andrew Ross, senior solicitor, talks through the benefits and when you may want to consider using one or...

Principal private residence relief: changes from April 2020

HMRC has published the results of its consultation paper, and draft legislation, on principal private residence (PPR) relief from capital gains tax (CGT) – also known as private residence relief...

Life as an Intern 2019 | Week 6 at Turcan Connell

As I near the end of my internship, it’s almost strange to think back to how apprehensive I was this time five weeks ago.

Life as an Intern 2019 | Week 5 at Turcan Connell

I’ve particularly enjoyed being in the Land & Property team because it is the subject I have been most interested in while at university.

Life as an Intern 2019 | Week 4 at Turcan Connell (Part 2)

I’m in the fortunate position of being placed in both the Tax & Succession and Charity teams.