The Impact of Fly-Tipping on Rural Communities

Fly-tipping has increased substantially since lockdown regulations have been in force, with Scotland experiencing a rise in fly-tipping of 83% over this period, as reported by ClearWaste, a new phone...

Scottish Government Response to the Consultation on the Law of Succession – Testate Succession

The Scottish Government’s Consultation on the Law of Succession considered recommendations made by the Scottish Law Commission on changes to succession law dealing with three key areas: Intestacy, Disinheritance and...

A Renewables Boom?

Despite the gloom surrounding COVID-19 there are strong signs that a surge could be in the offing for renewables both globally and in the UK. May 2020 was the UK’s...

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) - update

The purchase of a second home in Scotland is subject to a surcharge of 4% of the purchase price, known as the Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS), on top of the...

Employment Law Update

As with the turn of any new financial year, there have been a number of updates and additions in the field of employment law. National Minimum Wage Increase from 6th...

Scottish Law Commission Proposal for reform of the Standard Security

The Standard Security is of vital importance as it is the primary means by which individuals are able to obtain loan finance to buy property in Scotland. It was introduced...

Second course for the vegans? Casamitjana v The League against Cruel Sports

Further to our blog on, ‘Should vegetarianism be a protected belief? Conisbee v Crossley Farms Limited’, the Employment Tribunal has released another interesting decision in the field of philosophical beliefs,...

Charities; the new frontier for Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) 2002 (“the Act”) enables individuals to request information about public bodies, but biennial reviews of the legislation might soon mean some charities need to...

When is an agricultural holding not an agricultural holding?

I have previously looked at the case of Fyffe v Esselmont SLC/67/15 where, in very short summary, the Scottish Land Court concluded that the tenant’s particular activities on the farm...

Trusts and the Fifth Money Laundering Directive

Although the UK is currently on path to leave the EU on 31 January 2020, the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) was implemented in the UK on 10 January...

Regulating short-term lets in Scotland

Since May 2019 there have been over 32,000 short-term lets recorded in Scotland, with more than 2,700 listings in Edinburgh. The Old Town alone has 812 active Airbnb listings per...
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