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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

Debate On Planning Bill

Yesterday, I attended the Scottish Parliament’s Stage 1 debate on the Planning (Scotland) Bill.  This follows completion of the first Committee stage (see our latest blog here). 

During the debate a few themes became apparent.  There is still widespread concern among MSPs about the existing appeal system, which is seen as being too favourable to developers.  The planning minister, Kevin Stewart, confirmed the Scottish Government’s position that third party (or equal)

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Company Secretarial: the engine driving the governance agenda

The unique perspective of the company secretary, as well as their critical evolving role and ability to shape board agendas, were central themes at the 2018 Scottish conference of The Governance Institute (ICSA).

Over 100 delegates from across Scotland’s business community gathered in Edinburgh for the event on May 23rd, which was organised by leading law firm Burness Paull LLP at its Edinburgh office and chaired by its Head of Company Secretarial Services, Gary Gray.

Headline speaker Malcolm Wood, Group Company Secretary of Lloyds Banking Group, highlighted the unique and u

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Want To Alter Your Contract? Check It First

We all know how common it is for contracts to be signed and never looked at again. The contract is then varied or amended as the project proceeds, perhaps orally or rather informally by an exchange of emails. All is well until, at a later date, there is a dispute about whether an agreement to vary it had actually been made. Or perhaps the dispute is about what the detailed terms of that agreement to vary were. Meanwhile, those in Head Office are not happy that their carefully negotiated contract terms are being altered by others without their knowledge.

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