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Blog: Scottish firms are ready for VCT moves

Blog: Scottish firms are ready for VCT moves

Rosalie Chadwick, partner and head of corporate finance at Pinsent Masons takes the temperature of Scotland’s IPO climate   Glasgow-based fashion retailer Quiz recently confirmed it is considering a £200 million flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and if it goes public will become the first sizable IPO Scotland has seen for some time. […]

Blog: PPPs need tweaked to build vital infrastructure

Blog: PPPs need tweaked to build vital infrastructure

Tackling negative perceptions of this scheme are vital, says Charlene Mclaughlan from DLA Piper.   As a procurement model, public-private partnership (PPP) continues to come under fire from some politicians and members of the general public. However, we only tend to hear about PPP projects when they go wrong; the positives are usually lost in […]

Blog: New tax offence will be a game changer for businesses

Blog: New tax offence will be a game changer for businesses

Paul Marshall, who leads the corporate crime and investigations team at Scottish law firm Brodies explores the implications of the  Criminal Finances Act 2017 for businesses in tax evasion cases.   In September, the UK Government is expected to bring into force a new tax offence in the Criminal Finances Act 2017. What is remarkable […]

Blog: The challenges that face Scottish entrepreneurs

Blog: The challenges that face Scottish entrepreneurs

Sandy Kennedy,  chief executive at Entrepreneurial Scotland looks at the obstacles confronting the nation’s wealth creators.   There is an entrepreneurial revolution going on, not just in Scotland but around the world. It is the entrepreneurs, the change makers, the innovators who are the engine for growth and for job and wealth creation. In Scotland, we have a […]

Blog: Encouraging signs for PRS schemes in Scotland

Blog: Encouraging signs for PRS schemes in Scotland

James Andersen,  a Property and Construction specialist at Grant Thornton in Scotland, on the need to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis and the role that the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can play in this.   In 2016, a new record was achieved in Scotland. Our population hit its highest ever level. 5,404,700 people now call this country […]

Blog: Increased emphasis on ADR in commercial actions in Scotland

Blog: Increased emphasis on ADR in commercial actions in Scotland

New requirements for commercial actions highlight a change in emphasis for alternative dispute resolution in Scotland, writes Julie Scott-Gilroy. The Court of Session has issued new requirements for commercial actions. These requirements took effect from 27 March 2017 and highlight a change in emphasis for alternative dispute resolution in Scotland. The new requirements only apply […]

Blog: One year to GDPR – what do businesses need to do?

Blog: One year to GDPR – what do businesses need to do?

With today marking one year until General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, George Scott, Director of KPMG’s Cyber and Privacy practice in Scotland, highlights what business must do to ensure they don’t fall foul of the new legal framework   On 25 May 2018, GDPR will affect any organisation in the UK and worldwide which has dealings […]

Blog: How would the latest London mega divorce fare under Scots law?  

Blog: How would the latest London mega divorce fare under Scots law?  

Sally Nash is a senior associate at Gilson Gray, discusses how the latest record-breaking divorce case in England would be treated north of the border. News broke this week that the ceiling for the biggest UK divorce award has been smashed by a City trader being ordered to pay his estranged wife £453 million. Unusually, an […]

Blog: Buy-to-let pain for long-term gain

Blog: Buy-to-let pain for long-term gain

By David Alexander, managing director at DJ Alexander   Is the buy-to-let landlord a saver or an investor? This is a question I have asked myself many times and still not come up with a definitive answer. In one respect, the landlord is very much a saver by putting money into an asset class that […]

Blog: Cyber-Security Breaches – A Fact of Life?

Blog: Cyber-Security Breaches – A Fact of Life?

By James Callender account manager at insurer Lockton Companies LLP   Last week’s announcement that the NHS had been a victim of a massive cyber-attack managed to be both frightening and unsurprising. Frightening because it shows the ability of hackers to disrupt and challenge the most essential services in our society. Unsurprising because it seems that the […]