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Facilitation of Tax Evasion (New Offences of Failure to Prevent)

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 creates two new offences of corporate failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion (the offences).

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Housing Market Confidence Slow to Recover

Consumer confidence in the housing market doesn’t appear to have fully recovered since June’s General Election, according to new research from the Building Societies Association (BSA).

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Calls for More Action to Reduce Driver Distraction

A coalition of road safety organisations has called on the mobile phone industry to do more to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on the roads as a result of distracted drivers.

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Cycling Safety Comes Under the Spotlight

The UK Government has launched a review into cycle safety following a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists.

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Mortgage Lending Increases in Scotland

Recently published data from UK Finance has revealed that Scottish home buyers borrowed £2.5bn in the second quarter of this year, which is an increase of 35% quarter-on-quarter and 18% year-on-year.

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House prices in Scotland continue to grow

Houses prices in Scotland have risen for the fifth month in succession with June boasting an increase of 0.5%, with annual growth rising from 2.9% to 4.6% compared to May, according to latest index figures.

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Reasons for Making a Will

Reading an article the other day unexpectedly gave me some inspiration for this blog.  It got me thinking about the reasons for making a Will.  We all know the usual reasons: to leave your assets and items of sentimental value to your beneficiaries.  However, there can be many other reasons.

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Rise in Multiple Property Ownership

There has been a sharp rise in the proportion of adults owning more than one property in the UK, according to new research by the Resolution Foundation.

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Dallas McMillan Solicitors Race Night Raises £9,000 for Cancer Support Scotland

We had our first ever race night which was held at Hillhead Sports Club, Glasgow on Friday 1st September 2017.  The night was held to raise funds for the firm’s official charity partner Cancer Support Scotland who offer support not only to patients diagnosed with all kinds of cancer but also to their families.

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Abolition of Employment Tribunal Fees

The introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013 was a highly controversial decision at the time. The Government and those in favour of the fees argued that the fees would help fund the system and would discourage vexatious and frivolous claims. Those against the fees argued that it would deter those with legitimate claims from pursuing them and so would prevent access to justice. They also argued that the fees were disproportionate.

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Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government has introduced a Bill to reform the ways in which litigation is funded in Scotland.

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Hand Injuries Prove Life-Changing for Workers

Injuries to the fingers and hands are some of the most common injuries sustained in the workplace, particular for those working with machinery.

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Improving Motorway Safety for Learner Drivers

The UK Government has announced that learner drivers will soon be able to have lessons on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car.
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Proximity to Premiership Grounds Can Impact House Prices

New research from Halifax has looked at the impact that proximity to the grounds of a Premiership football team can have on house prices.

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New Bill Could See Better Access to Justice for Many Scots

A new Bill which is set to change the costs that people pay when going to court could help many more get access to justice. The potential expense of going to court is a significant deterrent for many people looking to pursue legal action in civil courts, even in cases where they have a legitimate and justified claim.

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Scotland’s Most Expensive Property Locations

Edinburgh is Scotland’s most expensive property location on a per square metre basis at £2,492 compared to the Scottish average of £1,529, new research from Bank of Scotland has revealed.
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Calls for Continued Focus on Workplace Health and Safety

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 137 people lost their lives in work-related incidents in the UK last year.

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Thinking about moving?

You could be forgiven for being confused as to the array of conflicting information coming out of the media, with headlines such as “House prices slip for third consecutive month” and “House prices gain 4.7%  in the year to May”. So which is correct? The short answer is both.

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Recent Amendments to ADS: The Land and Building Transaction Tax (Additional Amount - Second Homes Main Residence Relief) (Scotland) Order 2017

As announced by Revenue Scotland this week, the Land and Building Transaction Tax (Additional Amount – Second Homes Main Residence Relief) (Scotland) Order 2017 came into effect on 30 June 2017.  The new Order acts as an amendment to the existing Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) rules which concerns replacing main residences and the position regarding family units as detailed in Schedule 2A of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013. The amendment incorporates Paragraphs 8A and 9A in to the 2013 Act and will apply to all contracts entered into on or after 20 May 2017 and transactions completed on or after 30 June 2017.

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Commercial Leases - FRI's and Schedules of Conditions

Most landlords of commercial premises want to let their premises on leases that are very much in the landlords’ favour most specifically as regards the upkeep, repair and renewal of same. 

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