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Blog: Homes under the hammer – Can you legally sell a house by raffling it?

Blog: Homes under the hammer – Can you legally sell a house by raffling it?

Jamie Robertson, residential property solicitor at Scottish law firm Thorntons, assesses the novel method of sale.   A Cumbernauld home owner hit the headlines in June when he put his £825k mansion up for sale in a raffle to be won at just £5 a ticket. PayPal then cancelled the raffle recently as it breached […]

Blog: A New Tax Order – without Spreadsheets

Blog: A New Tax Order – without Spreadsheets

Mark Pryce of Campbell Dallas makes the case for a tax future without spreadsheets    As a Chartered Accountant, it may surprise you to know I am not a fan of spreadsheets. These horribly complex, fidgety things, inevitably contain annoying error messages or formula issues. Printing them never seems to quite work out first time […]

Blog: Are UK funds on the verge of returning to Scotland?

Blog: Are UK funds on the verge of returning to Scotland?

Alasdair Steele, head of Scottish commercial at property consultants Knight Frank looks at the prospects of outside investment returning to the market north of the border   Scotland must be sick of elections: six trips to the polls in less than three years – it’s no wonder commentators were warning of election fatigue in the […]

Blog: Perfect pensions’ storm arising from auto enrolment rules could blow UK economy way off-course

Blog: Perfect pensions’ storm arising from auto enrolment rules could blow UK economy way off-course

Mark Mulholland, a partner at Chartered Accountants and business advisers Alexander Sloan‘s Glasgow office, contemplates the repercussions of auto enrolment in uncertain times.   Economists specialise in forecasting; this time though, writing as a practicing accountant rather than an economist, I fear I have to forecast that, potentially, we have the makings of a perfect pensions’ storm on […]

Blog: Scottish Partnerships on the PSC Register

Blog: Scottish Partnerships on the PSC Register

Catriona Reid of BTO Solicitors talks us through the implications of new “persons with significant control” rules introduced this summer to tackle tax avoidance, money laundering and other criminal activity through exploitation of Scottish Limited Partnerships.   Most UK companies and all UK limited liability partnerships must keep a register of “persons with significant control” (the PSC […]

Blog: What are the rules on gender pay gap reporting?

Blog: What are the rules on gender pay gap reporting?

Robin Turnbull, a senior solicitor at Anderson Strathern discusses the main points of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, which came into force in April 2017, in the wake of the recent BBC pay revelations. The new regulations require all private sector employers with more than 250 employees to disclose information about their […]

Blog: Taylor Review – good time for business to focus on employee engagement

Blog: Taylor Review – good time for business to focus on employee engagement

Diane Nicol, head of employment at Pinsent Masons and one of three panel members supporting Matthew Taylor on the Taylor Review, writes about the implications for employers. As a member of the Taylor Review it is interesting to consider how employers can make a head start on planning for any implementation of the recommendations contained in the Review […]

Blog: Could employee ownership work for your business?

Blog: Could employee ownership work for your business?

For small businesses in every sector, employee ownership is highly topical, and a solution worth considering if you’re thinking about the future prosperity of your business, says Douglas Roberts, Corporate and Technology Partner at Scottish law firm Lindsays   Employee ownership offers diverse benefits – such as resilience, staff retention, tax breaks and a smooth […]

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 […]