COVID-19: Further regulation for private sector landlords of residential properties

As many of you will already be aware the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 and the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Act 2020 bought in substantial changes to how private sector residential...

COVID-19: The Renewed Case for Digital Estate Planning

by Emma Paul, Trainee Solicitor The ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic has meant that we are all leading increasingly digital lives – from banking and shopping to spending time with family. The...

COVID-19: Autumn 2020 Budget cancelled

The Treasury confirmed on 23rd September that there will be no Autumn Budget this year. However, there will be a spending review which will be published in the autumn and...

COVID-19: Are major tax changes imminent?

As COVID-19 and its impact on the UK economy continues to dominate the news, there has naturally been speculation about the measures the UK and Scottish governments will introduce to...

COVID-19: Forestry

Amidst this world of uncertainty, one constant still appears to be the strength of the forestry and planting land market in Scotland. We are seeing very strong interest in any...

COVID-19: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) Update

In light of COVID-19’s impact on the economy and housing market, the Scottish Government has approved legislation which means that the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) nil rate band...

COVID-19: Rural Communities and Renewables

Both Covid-19 and the measures employed to combat the disease by government are having widespread effects on rural economies. This is unsurprising, as the success of households, community projects and...

COVID-19: 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...

Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate Orders are both documents relating to end of life care, but they are not one and the same. During the ongoing pandemic, planning for...

COVID-19: Administration of Estates

It can be difficult, even at the best of times, to deal with the formalities of administering the estate of someone who has died. The Covid-19 crisis has added an...

COVID-19: Tax Residence of Individuals and Companies

Among the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that some individuals may effectively be marooned in the UK – for example, if they are isolating here in accordance with...

COVID-19: IHT Relief for Sales at a Loss Following Death

We do not yet know the full extent of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but all the signs are that effects will be worse than 2008 and any...
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