Features

Blog: The impact of Brexit on the hospitality industry

Blog: The impact of Brexit on the hospitality industry

Louise McCosh, HR Director at accountancy firm French Duncan, sees reason for optimism despite Brexit uncertainties   Ever since the vote to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, the question of what this means for the UK hospitality industry has been hotly debated, with some pundits predicting a crisis on the horizon. However, […]

Blog: In the free market US, interest rates on credit are capped – why not here?

Blog: In the free market US, interest rates on credit are capped – why not here?

Reverend Iain May, founder of Edinburgh-based Castle Community Bank, is appalled at the exploitation of the poor by some lenders   The media is awash with messages that talk up the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and looking after our physical wellbeing. However, our mental and financial health is just as important, and the spotlight […]

Blog: Scotland’s debt policy system is now broken

Blog: Scotland’s debt policy system is now broken

Senior Money Adviser Alan McIntosh warns ebbing money advice spending could leave Scottish services ill-equipped to deal with another debt crisis   Despite personal debt levels in the UK now having returned to pre-credit crunch levels, new figures released by the Improvement Service, reveal that free, local authority-funded debt advice services have now seen their funding […]

Blog: LBTT – happy third anniversary?

Blog: LBTT – happy third anniversary?

As the third anniversary (April) of the introduction of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) approaches, Robin Mitchell a real estate partner with Shoosmiths offers a timely reminder of tenants’ responsibilities   Land and Buildings Transaction Tax was introduced in 2015 to replace Stamp Duty Land Tax in Scotland. One major difference is the need for additional returns […]

Blog: Scotland’s new financing institution is welcome news

Blog: Scotland’s new financing institution is welcome news

Michael Stoneham, a partner and head of energy & infrastructure finance at Scottish law firm Brodies looks ahead to the coming of Scotland’s national investment bank   National investment banks are well known around the world. They can work well. Though most are not “banks” and so not regulated as such. The most recent UK example […]

Blog: Q1 intensifies squeeze on Scotland’s accountancy talent

Blog: Q1 intensifies squeeze on Scotland’s accountancy talent

Travis Sinclair, a consultant in HRC Recruitment’s accountancy and finance team explores a Scottish accountancy labour market characterised by limited supply and high demand   It’s hard to judge an entire year by the first quarter. The recruitment market takes a while to get going again after the holidays and hiring tends to pick up […]

Blog: Time for a clean money test?

Blog: Time for a clean money test?

Graeme McCormick, a partner at Conveyancing Direct Solicitors, The Salmond Chambers, suggests certain financial due diligence be carried out at the point of land registration For more than 20 years solicitors and many more involved in financial services have been required to spend considerable resources checking identities of their clients and the source of their money, the cost of […]

Blog: Keeping directors’ home addresses off the public record

Blog: Keeping directors’ home addresses off the public record

Fiona Beal, a professional support lawyer in Scottish law firm Brodies‘ corporate team, looks at new rules relating to the disclosure of director’s personal information    New regulations are being introduced to make it easier for directors to suppress their home address on Companies House records. At the moment, directors whose home address appears on Companies […]

IWD Interview: Allison Devine, Senior Partner, Alexander Sloan

IWD Interview: Allison Devine, Senior Partner, Alexander Sloan

Allison Devine, who this year became the first ever female senior partner at Scottish accountancy firm Alexander Sloan, which at 151 years old is one of Scotland’s longest established firms of accountants and business advisers, talks to Scottish Financial News about her rapid rise as part of our International Women’s Day special   Brief career overview […]

IWD Profile: Louise Grant – Partner, EQ Accountants

IWD Profile: Louise Grant – Partner, EQ Accountants

Louise Grant (39) is a Partner with EQ Chartered Accountants. Based in the firm’s Dundee office, Louise, a mother-of-two, heads up the Healthcare team and has been working with the firm for almost 15 years. She tells us about life as a partner a one of Scotland’s fastest growing CA firms   What led you […]