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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Guest Blog: Planning (Scotland) Bill

We were delighted that Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, was able to join us at our recent seminar to outline the key provisions of the Planning (Scotland) Bill. With over 150 delegates from the public and private sectors attending our events in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, we heard lots of different views on the proposed reforms to the planning system.

The Minister has provided a guest blog setting out his key aims for the Bill.

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Learning From Our Mistakes

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”.

There is no disputing the wisdom inherent in the quote often attributed to Einstein, even if there has been some lively academic debate as to whether or not this was his own work.  Did even Einstein infringe copyright?  In my 20 years of practice in intellectual property law, I have seen many of the same mistakes repeated over and again – fortunately not always by the same person!

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Building Contractor Insolvency: help beyond the routine checklist

If your contractor falls into insolvency, there are a number of immediate actions that an employer ought to address. These include checking: payment terms; performance bonds or parent company guarantees; site security; step-in rights; design rights; and the termination provisions under the contract.

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