Before the expiry of a commercial lease, most landlords will serve a schedule of dilapidations on the tenant identifying the nature and extent of the works that require to be carried out to bring the premises into a condition which will allow the tenant to fulfil the repairing obligations contained in the lease.
In preparing a schedule of dilapidations, the surveyor must understand the terms of the lease and may require assistance from the landlord’s solicitor Continue reading
What factors are taken into account in sorting out the financial settlement in divorce? Does it matter if one party has moved on and started a new relationship or not? You’d have assumed that the parties’ actions after separation would not be relevant but they can be.
The press have recently picked up on comments made by Mr Justice Mostyn, Continue reading
As the dust settles and the result of the independence referendum starts to sink in, many of Scotland’s SMEs will be looking to the future and assessing what it will mean for their businesses and strategies. At Tods Murray we have a dedicated SME team on hand to advise business owners and managers on operating in a changing climate. Below is a non-exhaustive look at a few of the issues resulting from the No vote which SMEs may wish to consider. Continue reading
Under Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 the Scottish Government requires to provide for the assessment of the energy performance of non-domestic buildings and require the owners of such buildings to improve the energy performance. Considerable progress has been made by the Scottish Government on the detail of the draft subordinate legislation which will bring in regulations to meet this requirement, and it has been confirmed that the regulations are intended to be published early in 2015 and coming into force in autumn 2015. Continue reading
With the difficult economic conditions that hit in 2008 it is not surprising that company insolvencies have been at the forefront in recent years. This case centred round the question of whether a lease that had been disclaimed by the Crown, following the dissolution of the tenant company, was at an absolute end or whether it could “come back to life”. Continue reading
The future’s bright, the future’s family friendly
Recent and upcoming changes to legislation bode well for a family friendly workplace in the UK. The changes to the flexible working legislation in June this year mean systems of flexible working are now open for all; from 1 October 2014, partners will be given time off to attend ante-natal appointments; further down the line, changes to parental live are on the horizon meaning the traditional concept of female maternity leave may now be shared between parties, both looking to have involvement in the early years of child raising. For a summary of these changes, read on. Continue reading