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GDPR and Brexit

GDPR and Brexit

19 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
The General Data Protection Regulation was conceived in Europe, so surely our exit from the European Union means that we can ignore GDPR? Afraid not! This is not a political issue. It’s a business problem. The GDPR comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and at that point we will still be a member ... read more...
Baby Factory Dad: Surrogacy in Scotland

Baby Factory Dad: Surrogacy in Scotland

15 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
It was recently reported that a court in Bangkok awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man, Mr Shigenta, over 13 babies he fathered (pre 2014) through Thai surrogate mothers, meaning that he could pursue custody (the closest equivalent in Scotland would be a Residence Orders) in respect of ... read more...
LBTT – Lease reviews and FAQs

LBTT – Lease reviews and FAQs

13 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
In our last real estate blog, we explained the changes to Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) affecting commercial tenants from 1 April 2018. Today, we look at how to tell whether you are affected. What is the new LBTT requirement? Any leases entered into under the LBTT regime from 1 April ... read more...
Civil Online – The future of civil business in the sheriff courts

Civil Online – The future of civil business in the sheriff courts

9 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
Last Tuesday I took part in a demonstration session of the Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service (SCTS) Civil Online case management system ahead of its launch on 13 March 2018. The SCTS plan to roll out the service in two separate phases. Phase 1 Phase 1 will enable users to track the ... read more...
No stabilisers ever needed due to the dynamic style of training

No stabilisers ever needed due to the dynamic style of training

8 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
Since my last blog, I have finished my two-year traineeship and qualified as a solicitor.  I was thrilled to be staying on with Gilson Gray and continue to work in the Litigation department. The two year training contract passed at a surprising speed.  However, when looking back I appreciate ... read more...
Digital Assets and Estate Planning

Digital Assets and Estate Planning

28 February, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
If, like me, you have spent the last few months reading about and watching the boom in crypto currencies, you may also have questions about what happens with these assets after you die. Crypto currencies are digital assets, designed to work as a medium of exchange. They use cryptography[1] to ... read more...
Role of the data protection officer

Role of the data protection officer

27 February, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
Hopefully, your first question is not “role of a what?” Does your organisation need to appoint a Data Protection Officer?  Under the GDPR, a Data Protection Officer (DPO) must be appointed for all “public authorities”, and those organisations where the core activities involve “regular and ... read more...
Simple Procedure – Getting Better

Simple Procedure – Getting Better

26 February, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
It has now been 14 months since the Simple Procedure Rules arrived with us. There was much excitement within the Scottish Court Service when the rules came into force. The rules were said to modernise the Scottish Judicial system. They were in plain terms. They introduced forms that were easy ... read more...
Why should I care about the GDPR?

Why should I care about the GDPR?

23 February, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents the most comprehensive and far-reaching overhaul of data protection legislation in the UK since the introduction of the Data Protection Act 1998. The primary objective of the GDPR is to give EU citizens back control of their personal data ... read more...
Beyond the Basics: Simple Procedure

Beyond the Basics: Simple Procedure

22 February, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
Last month I managed to take some time out of the office to attend the SYLA talk entitled “Beyond the Basics: Simple Procedure”. The intention of the talk was to focus on how the rules replacing the small claims and summary cause procedure have developed in practice since being brought in ... read more...