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Delivering More?

'Delivering More’ is the aptly named title of Homes for Scotland's latest strategy which was launched at its annual conference at Murrayfield Stadium last week.

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Is Late Living Coming of Age?

Retirement living is a hot topic it seems. Not just with those eagerly looking forward to life after the daily grind of earning an honest living, but also increasingly amongst developers, operators and investors as the sector is seen as a valuable business opportunity that has significant potential for growth.

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REVOlution In Retail: What Did Department Stores Get Right?

On a Glasgow street corner in 1849, Hugh Fraser co-founded the business that would become House of Fraser.  Repurposing space previously used for wholesale, the retail operation grew and grew.  In the 1950s that business seized its opportunity and, through a series of acquisitions (which included Harrods), transformed and adapted itself to become a national chain.

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CVAs - Pride Or Unfair Prejudice For Landlords?

When originally introduced, company voluntary agreements (CVAs) were conceived as a constructive mechanism for the restructuring of struggling companies. In this blog we examine CVAs from a landlord’s perspective and consider whether their use creates unfair prejudice, or whether a well-advised landlord may be able to derive some benefit from the alternative resolution a well structured CVA can offer.

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Online Purchasing - A Click Too Far?

The dotcom revolution is firmly underway and we are seeing advances in virtually every area of our lives.  Online conveyancing is potentially set to disrupt the current relationship between housebuilder and consumer, and to consider the implications property lawyer Phil MacLean has been discussing the topic with Sam Moore - a Legal Technologist in the firm.

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Fundamental Differences to Housebuilding North and South of the Border

There are many important and practical differences between the Scottish system and that operating south of the border when it comes to residential development and the sale of new build houses. We have highlighted the main differences below:

Land Tenure

Land tenure is different in England.

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Putting Young People's Needs First - Scottish Housing Day Kick Off

Scottish Housing Day kicks off on 19 September this year. 

We are proud supporters of the event and are delighted to help raise awareness of the great work taking place in the housebuilding sector, involving a good number of our clients and charitable organisations.

A significant part of the work that our housebuilding team does involves the delivery of affordable housing across Scotland.  That ranges from acting for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to contractors that are building homes for RSLs. 

This year’s Scottish Housing Day has a focus on pu

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Is there a standard Brexit clause I can put in my contract?

Last week I was asked: “Is there a standard Brexit clause I can put in my contract?”  Perhaps they were rattled by the recent headline that the European Medicines Agency has attempted to break its lease at Canary Wharf on the basis that Brexit has “frustrated” its lease (since Brexit was not foreseeable when it was signed). Or perhaps they were concerned about a hard Brexit. Whatever the reason, in the coming months, I have no doubt that this question will be asked more often.

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(We’ve) Got The Power! – Or Do We?

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love music. I often find myself unconsciously singing songs to myself which are vaguely related to what I’ve been doing each day. One song I’ve found myself singing quite a lot recently is Snap!’s 1990 hit “I’ve Got The Power”. Why? Because a lot of the work I’ve been doing recently concerns community empowerment.

Specifically, I’ve been helping organisations ensure that their constitutions comply with the provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. One of the major aims act was to give more power to com

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CVAs – Timeless Fashion Or Closing Time?

Company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) are very much ‘en vogue’. Why? Growth of online shopping, Brexit uncertainty, increased export costs, drop in consumer confidence and spend, increases in business rates, rising labour costs and long term inflexible lease costs.  All of these been cited as factors contributing to financial difficulties for bricks and mortar operators in the UK retail, fashion and casual dining sectors.   

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