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LBTT – End of lease information

LBTT – End of lease information

29 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
The first of April is a busy day this year, bringing with it the hat trick of Easter Sunday, April Fools’ Day, and the start of new LBTT rules for tenants in Scotland. In previous blogs, we’ve looked at the requirement to submit LBTT returns every three years during the lease, but what are the ... read more...
Could CVA’s become the “New Look” for struggling companies?

Could CVA’s become the “New Look” for struggling companies?

26 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
The fashion retail giant, New Look, has become one of the most recent company’s in the UK to sign up to a Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) proposal. The resultant effect of that is the redundancy of 980 staff and the closure of 60 stores UK wide in the next 6 – 12 months. On the […] read more...
Kelvin keen to make the most of his Commonwealth Games experience

Kelvin keen to make the most of his Commonwealth Games experience

24 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
Gymnast Kelvin Cham is feeling good ahead of his first Commonwealth Games next month. The 19-year-old has great potential and since he won the Scottish National Artistic Gymnastics Championships last March his career has been on an upwards curve. The City of Glasgow athlete said:  “It is great ... read more...
Scottish construction contracting just got easier

Scottish construction contracting just got easier

23 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
You’ve had a professional team design you a building and a contractor build it. You need to borrow money to refinance the building, but the lender wants to know that he can sue the people who designed and built the building. Your tenant knows he’ll be on the hook for repairing the building so ... read more...
Happy New (Tax) Year!

Happy New (Tax) Year!

22 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
The 5th of April 2018 marks the end of the 2017/2018 tax year and, while many readers will have well-established strategies to take advantage of their allowances, it is often the case that the ‘use it or lose it’ warning goes unheeded. In this blog, which will be one of a series of estate ... read more...
This isn’t the end, it’s only just the beginning…

This isn’t the end, it’s only just the beginning…

21 March, 2018 by Gilson Gray in Blog
It’s hard to believe that I’m nearly 18 months into my traineeship, and it’s not long now until I’ll be a qualified solicitor. I’ve been in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team since last July. From the get-go, it’s been very busy, and the work is constantly changing – I’ve been involved ... read more...
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...