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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

“Saviour of the High Street” – Applicants Wanted

Last week brought news that Amazon is due to open its first ‘Clicks and Mortar’ store in Scotland. The shop will be located in Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall.

This latest incarnation for Amazon will see it appear in physical form showcasing products from up-and-coming online brands. In effect, they are giving fledgling online sellers their first chance to sell from the high street.

Inevitably whatever Amazon does creates a level of excitement and anticipation.

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Listed Buildings: Setting the rules for preserving setting

Scotland is home to incredible landscapes and incredible history. They are both of local and national importance and value, which planning law and policy seeks to protect and enhance. Challenging questions can arise for developers and planning authorities when development is proposed in such areas.  One issue is the protection afforded to listed buildings, and more particularly the planning authority's duty to consider the effect of a proposed development on the setting of a listed building.

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A casual calculation: holiday pay for irregular workers

Employers will be taking a sharp intake of breath at the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case Brazel v The Harpur Trust (UNISON intervening) which addresses how to calculate pay for workers and employees who work irregular hours throughout the year.

The decision

The case concludes that the current practice of paying 12.07% of annualised hours to discharge an employer’s holiday pay obligation, as set out in ACAS guidance, is no longer reliable.

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