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Leadership and the importance of finding your purpose

Posted, 17 May 2017 by Jennifer Young
Construction

What does it take to rightfully earn the reputation of a great leader? Firm chairman, Jennifer Young, reports from the world’s largest one-day leadership event.

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A day at the Balcormo Races - another successful Fife point to point meeting

Posted, 05 May 2017 by Jim Drysdale
Rural

Ledingham Chalmers partner Jim Drysdale gives his report on last weekend’s Balcormo Races, held in Fife.

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The twenty-five thousand pound parking charge

Posted, 02 May 2017 by Jody Mitchell
Litigation

It's unclear why many people think private parking charges are unenforceable. It’s a myth, and refusing to pay on principle can prove expensive.

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Retention in the construction industry - and the dilemma of trust

Posted, 27 April 2017 by Roddy Cormack
Corporate | Construction

It’s based on flawed logic, but like it or loathe it, retention in the construction industry is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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The Apprentice

Posted, 25 April 2017 by Veli-Matti Raikkonen
Corporate | Employment

Apprentices are often seen as an easy target when firms need to cut costs, but in reality, they have far more legal protection than their colleagues.

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Assignation of Mortgages

Posted, 20 April 2017 by Rebecca Walker
Litigation

A recent sheriff court decision means lenders seeking to enforce a standard security previously assigned elsewhere may be find themselves with no title to sue.

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Say what you mean

Posted, 13 April 2017 by Karen Cameron
Construction | Litigation

Doubt leads to disputes, so say what you mean. After all, unless the terms of a contract are crystal clear, there is scope for argument.

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Planning a sustainable future for the family farm

Posted, 05 April 2017 by Linda Tinson
Family law | Rural | Private client

Proper planning, together with professional legal and financial support can ensure a smooth transition into the farm business for the next generation.

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The times they are a fluctuating

Posted, 03 April 2017 by Roddy Cormack
Corporate | Construction

The established political and economic norm may be about to dramatically change. Does our approach to construction contracts need to make a similarly radical shift?

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The Young Farmers Overwintered Cattle show and sale - and its vital role in the future of the sector

Posted, 30 March 2017 by Allan Collie
Rural | Private client

Retiring partner Allan Collie explains the importance of events such as the Young Farmers Overwintered Cattle show and sale to the farming sector.

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The ten million dollar comma

Posted, 29 March 2017 by Jody Mitchell
Corporate

A fascinating judgment came out of the United States last week: fascinating, at least, for those of us with an interest in grammar and punctuation.

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Inverness Business Briefing - when uncertainty's a certainty

Posted, 27 March 2017 by Jennifer Young
Corporate | Employment

With days to go until Theresa May triggers Article 50, and persistent uncertainty around an evolving political landscape at home and abroad, there’s no doubt we’re living in interesting times.

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The business rate revaluation - fair or foul

Posted, 21 March 2017 by David Scott
Commercial property

With a deadline of 30 September, ratepayers should waste no time in appealing against their new valuation if they feel it’s incorrect, or excessive.

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The Royal Northern Spring Show - a great start to the Scottish farming calendar

Posted, 13 March 2017 by Lois Craig
Rural | Private client

This year’s record-breaking Royal Northern Spring Show was a fitting send off for partner Allan Collie, who’s retiring at the end of March.

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Data protection - personal information as property

Posted, 02 March 2017 by Sine Mackay
Corporate | Litigation | Employment

Affecting all businesses, data protection means treating personal information as property, and that property needs to be properly looked after.

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The biggest threat to the family farm is the family itself

Posted, 02 February 2017 by Linda Tinson
Family law | Rural | Private client

Succession planning in family farming businesses can be a challenge, but not facing up to that can bring unintended results when it’s too late.

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Empty properties - an increasingly costly, and risky, business

Posted, 31 January 2017 by John Smart
Commercial property

It is more important than ever for owners of commercial properties to ensure their premises are used and occupied.

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On and off the buses - disability discrimination

Posted, 19 January 2017 by Kirk Tudhope
Corporate | Litigation | Employment

A recent Supreme Court decision highlights one of the challenges with disability discrimination. While clear guidance can be given, it can never be reduced to an all embracing set of rules.

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New rules for companies involved in court cases

Posted, 11 January 2017 by Victoria Leslie
Corporate | Litigation

In an effort to improve access to justice, the law on people representing a business in court has changed.

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