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Blog: Financial Conduct Authority discussion paper on distributed ledger technology

Blog: Financial Conduct Authority discussion paper on distributed ledger technology

By David Gourlay, Partner at MacRoberts   The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a discussion paper on distributed ledger technology (DLT) (DP17/3) which closes for comment on 17th July 2017. What is DLT? DLT is a rapidly developing technology which offers the potential to support consumer needs in financial services markets.  DLT is a recent […]

Blog: The appointment of administrators and “improper motives”

Blog: The appointment of administrators and “improper motives”

By Steven Jansch, Partner and head of insolvency at Gilson Gray solicitors   There are provisions within the Insolvency Act [1] which provide that an application can be made to the Court to end an administrator’s appointment as at a certain time. The basis of such an application has to be the person who appointed the administrator did so for […]

Blog: Partnership Reform: The introduction of the Private Fund Limited Partnership

Blog: Partnership Reform: The introduction of the Private Fund Limited Partnership

By Neil Kennedy, Partner, Corporate Group at Glasgow headquartered law firm MacRoberts   Private investment funds are an important feature of our modern global economy. To date, the UK limited partnership (LP) has been a popular vehicle for foreign investors. However, it is not wholly fit for purpose as the law has not significantly changed since […]

Debt Arrangement Scheme: is it broken?

Debt Arrangement Scheme: is it broken?

Alan McIntosh, money advice trainer and consultant at Advice Scotland, summarises his new report on the Scottish government’s faltering Debt Arrangement Scheme.   A new report (see here) produced by myself shows that the Scottish government’s flagship personal debt remedy, the Debt Arrangement Scheme, is in trouble, with the numbers accessing it having fallen by over 50 […]

Just a Minute – Gary Tracey – FD, City Gate Construction

Just a Minute – Gary Tracey – FD, City Gate Construction

Our latest Just a Minute series continues with Gary Tracey, Financial Director with Paisley-based construction business City Gate Construction (CGC).   Why did you chose to work in the finance sector and how and did you get started in the industry? After university I started work with Glasgow City Council in its internal audit division […]

Blog: All bets are off

Blog: All bets are off

A ruling made last month by the Court of Session shows that betting does not always pay, even when the outcome you wagered on is realised, writes Emma Boffey of CMS The case centred on a bet made by 72-year-old Glaswegian Albert Kinloch. He placed a £100 bet with Coral Racing Limited at 2,500/1 odds […]

Blog: Diversifying for long term stability in unstable times

Blog: Diversifying for long term stability in unstable times

As Britain prepares for its exit from the European Union, and Scotland petitions for a second referendum, the economy is facing an ambiguous future. Mike McAnulty, director at Central Investment, one of Scotland’s leading firms of Independent Financial Advisers, discusses the importance of keeping your portfolio adequately diversified during times of volatility.     Political […]

Blog: Get prepared for a new world of data protection

Blog: Get prepared for a new world of data protection

Alison Bryce (pictured) outlines a new EU regime set to overhaul data protection. Set to be one of the last legacies of the EU to enter UK law before Brexit, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on 25 May 2018, applying automatically in all Member States of the EU to organisations that […]

Blog: Retail Bonds v Mini Bonds

Blog: Retail Bonds v Mini Bonds

Stephanie Baynham, senior solicitor in MacRoberts‘ Glasgow office analyses the pros and cons of innovative ‘mini bonds’   What are retail bonds? A special type of corporate bond which allows companies to borrow money from investors in return for regular interest payments. On a previously agreed maturity date, the bond will be redeemed and the […]

Feature: Brewin Dolphin triumphs in Business Fives Professional Services heat

Feature: Brewin Dolphin triumphs in Business Fives Professional Services heat

Scotland’s golf coast is one of the gems of East Lothian and action for Scotland’s national business golf tournament got underway at the stunning Craigielaw golf club. Players from Edinburgh’s Professional Services sector gathered in the new clubhouse which offers panoramic views over the Firth of Forth towards Fife. The heat was supported by the […]