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Brian McMurray, head of technology and a business advisory group partner at AAB, discusses the growing investment opportunities available to technolgy firms. The technology deals market has remained active throughout the pandemic, making the most of business that could be done virtually – but

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With the bidding process closing today, Sheelagh Cooley, real estate partner in the Edinburgh office of law firm Shoosmiths, considers the benefits and potential challenges ahead for the operators of Scotland’s Green Freeports. It has been well publicised that the Scottish Government is curren

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Colin Millar, corporate partner at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM), highlights some of the potential pitfalls and shortcomings of crowdfunding that can often be overlooked. Rock band Marillion, fronted by Dalkeith’s own Derek Dick aka Fish, is often somewhat unexpectedly c

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Stuart Clark, managing director at Russell & Russell Business Advisers, offers advice to employers who want to offer staff a helping hand with ever-increasing living costs. These are hard times all round. Particularly for the generations who have never experienced the inflationary chaos late las

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Tom Stocker, partner and sanctions expert at Pinsent Masons, discusses the implications for businesses that comply with sanctions on Russian trade. Despite successive rounds of UK, EU and US sanctions ratcheting up the pressure on Putin’s government and a further round of sanctions being immin

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Betsy Williamson, founder of Core-Asset Consulting, shares her views on the recent Queen's Speech - in which the long-promised Employment Bill was absent. The recent Queen’s Speech, historic in its own right with the absence of Her Majesty at the State Opening of Parliament for the first time

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Kevin Hollister, founder of Glasgow-based pensions calculator Guiide, discusses how to close the ever expanding pensions advice gap. There is so much talk about the advice gap around pensions but to date, there has been little action to bridge it. What can actually be done to help close the gap?

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Angus Wood, partner at BTO, discusses the details surrounding the assignation of claims in an insolvency case. The recent Court of Appeal decision in Lock v Stanley has provided some comfort to Insolvency Practitioners and litigation funders in relation to potential challenges to assignations of cla

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Last week, Scottish Financial News reported that Big Four firm PwC is offering shorter working hours on a Friday over the summer. Chris Phillips, employment law partner at Thorntons Solicitors comments. The idea of shortening or flexing hours for staff over the summer is great in principle and, as l

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Michael Reid, managing partner at Aberdeen-based chartered accountancy practice Meston Reid & Co, discusses the utilisation of bounce-back-loans for unintended purposes. Much has been reported in the media over the past few months about a company obtaining a bounce-back loan and the directors no

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Hamish Lean, part­ner at law firm Shep­herd and Wed­der­burn, discusses how farmers in Scotland have been outbid by the forestry industry, as the value of hill land rises. Is productive agricultural land being lost to forestry in the race to meet net-zero? There has been concern with

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