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Devolution of Forestry: Bill’s progress through Parliament

The Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, on 10th May 2017. Stage 2 was completed on...
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Voluntary Registration: An Option for the Urban Property Owners? | Rona Macdonald in The Scotsman

This article originally appeared in The Scotsman on Monday 15th January 2018. Voluntary Registration: An Option for the Urban Property Owners? How has land registration in Scotland changed? Sweeping changes...
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Removal of rates relief creates inconsistency in the charity sector | Gavin McEwan in The Herald

The Scottish Government’s decision to remove business rates relief from independent schools with effect from 2020 will create a major inconsistency within the charity sector.
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Our Tax Response to the 2018/19 Scottish Draft Budget

Scottish Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, proposed the most significant Draft Scottish Budget to date. The key areas in relation to taxation can be summarised as follows: Land and Buildings Transaction...
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Don't let digital age leave your business behind | Mike Kane in The Scotsman

This article originally appeared in The Scotsman on Monday 27th November 2017. In last week’s Budget, the chancellor announced the following package: £500 million support for 5G mobile networks, fibre...
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Business Taxes and the Changing face of the Economy | Our Business Law response to the UK 2017 Autumn Budget

During the UK’s 2017 Autumn Budget speech, the Chancellor announced the following package: £500m support for 5G mobile networks, fibre broadband and artificial intelligence; £2.3bn for additional research and development...
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SDLT and Empty Properties | Our Land and Property response to the UK 2017 Autumn Budget

The Chancellor today announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax for first time buyers and additional powers to local authorities when charging council tax on empty properties in England &...
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Our Tax response to the UK 2017 Autumn Budget

This Autumn Budget was the first in the new annual tax policy making cycle. It was geared towards stability and certainty for households and follows this Government’s trend to consult...
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Shareholders' Agreements: A Valuable Tool for Family Businesses| Jack Gardiner in Business Insider

Life tends to throw up unexpected complications, in both personal lives and business relationships. The family business is a place where problems in both personal and business relationships can conflate....
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The Changing Landscape of Scottish Taxes | Alexander Garden in The Scotsman

We are all now familiar with the fact that there are Scottish Taxes. The first actual impact of these taxes was not until the introduction of Land and Buildings Transaction...
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Changes challenge Scotland’s charities | Gavin McEwan in The Scotsman

Data protection and Brexit top the concerns for the third sector A raft of changes – and challenges – in the charity sector has resulted in clients turning to law...
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Family law plays catch-up with society | Gillian Crandles in The Scotsman

Courts have not kept pace with attitudes to relationships, writes David Lee. The definitions of family, couple and marriage have changed dramatically over the past decade, but has the legal...