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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

New Penalty Surcharge: Safety Fines to Increase by 7.5% in Scotland

Regulations coming into force in Scotland on 25 November 2019 will require convicted offenders including organisations, who receive a court fine, to contribute towards the cost of supporting victims of crime by paying an additional financial penalty into the Victim Surcharge Fund (“the Fund”). 

The surcharge will be applied automatically at the time of sentencing and is linked to the level of fine imposed. The minimum surcharge is £10 (for fines up to £200) but for larger penalties (fines over £10,000) the surcharge is a fixed 7.5%.

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Private landlords – are your properties energy efficient?

Private landlords will be familiar with the need for an energy performance certificate “EPC” for their lets.  Now they need to be ready for new rules affecting the sector as part of a drive for further energy efficiency.

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St Andrews Gowns Won’t Fly South This Winter

A rare decision on the operation of jurisdiction rules between England and Scotland has just been issued by the Court of Session in Edinburgh. In it The University of St Andrews was found to be entitled to pursue proceedings in Scotland against a company alleged to have infringed its trade marks in student gowns. In his written opinion (which can be accessed here), Lord Doherty rejected arguments made by Student Gowns Limited, that the case should be heard in England.

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