The Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates provides a single and wide-ranging examination of non-domestic rates in Scotland. It covers a number of areas and makes some thirty recommendations. There are important issues for charities to be aware of and monitor as the recommendations are digested, considered by Scottish Government and others and any implementing steps… Read more »

Personal Law

This blog is about the use of trusts in estate planning and charities.  It is uses as a foil the writings of political scientist, Francis Fukuyama. He wrote the 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man.  In that book, Fukuyama wrote:- “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of… Read more »

Planning & Environment

In a recent Ombudsman decision, a complaint regarding the determination of a planning application was upheld because the Council refused permission on grounds connected to the marine environment – considered to fall out with the remit of the planning authority. Such grounds instead were a matter for consideration by Marine Scotland in deciding whether or… Read more »

Public Law

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has now launched its public consultation on the formal proposals made by John Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler to remedy the CMA’s conclusion that their planned merger would cause substantial competition concerns. As we highlighted in our legal update yesterday, Amec intends to divest its upstream offshore… Read more »

Rural Law

The Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Dr Bob McIntosh has announced today that he has started work on the review of the conduct of agents acting for agricultural landlords and tenants. The TFC is required to prepare a report on the operation of agents by section 36 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. The report is… Read more »


A new complaints scheme designed to tackle late payment in business to business contracts will likely be available from 1 October 2017 according to a BEIS report. The scheme will be of particular interest to small businesses and their larger business customers. The UK Government is currently in the process of appointing a Small Business… Read more »

Public Law

The UK Government last week published its response to the public consultation on the proposal for a domestic system for imposing sanctions after Britain has left the EU. We previously blogged about a new Sanctions Bill. We don’t know much of the detail yet but here are the top four things to be aware of… Read more »


Employees who commit misconduct on social media – and then face disciplinary sanctions – are now a relatively regular occurrence in the employment tribunals. One of the latest social media related cases is Plant v API Microelectronics Limited, which took place in the Norwich employment tribunal earlier this year. The background facts of the case… Read more »