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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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First-Time Buyers Face Record High Prices

The first six months of 2017 saw a 3% increase in the number of first-time buyers, taking the total to an estimated 162,704 compared to 154,200 in the same period of 2016.

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Scottish House Prices Rise at Faster Rate than UK Average

Average house prices in Scotland are increasing at a higher rate than the UK average, according to the latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI).

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Road Fatality Numbers Increased in 2016

Transport Scotland has recently published figures giving an insight into the number of deaths and injuries that occurred on Scotland’s roads during 2016.

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The Cost of Going to Court

Holyrood’s Justice Committee has begun its scrutiny of the Civil Litigation Bill and has launched a call for evidence seeking views on the cost of going to court.

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Aberdeenshire Sees Biggest Rise in Seaside House Prices

The town of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire has seen average house prices rise by more than any other seaside town in Scotland over the past ten years, according to new research from Bank of Scotland.

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Nurse who slipped and fell on wet hospital floor awarded just under £50,000

A nurse who slipped and fell on a wet hospital floor has been awarded compensation of just under £50,000.

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Dementia Awareness Week Scotland - Powers of Attorney

Given that we are in the midst of Dementia Awareness Week Scotland, which runs from 29th May until the 4th of June 2017, it seems a good time to discuss Powers of Attorney and to reflect on the benefits of having a valid Power of Attorney in place.

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