Borders still matter in internet age: Scottish courts cannot require website host to disclose details of author of allegedly defamatory comment

Borders still matter in internet age: Scottish courts cannot require website host to disclose details of author of allegedly defamatory comment

Martin Clark and another v TripAdvisor LLC [2014] CSOH 20 Summary The owners of a Highland guest house have failed in their attempt to force TripAdvisor to disclose details of the authors of unfavorable reviews in a bid to sue the authors for defamation.   The Court of Session has confirmed that its power to require … Continue reading

GAME, set and match for landlords?

GAME, set and match for landlords?

The Court of Appeal has overturned existing legal rules in respect of the treatment of rent as an expense of administration in England and Wales. The Court held that an administrator must pay the rent arising in respect of property leased for any period during which the administrator retains possession of the premises for the … Continue reading

Social Media: Force for Good?

Social Media: Force for Good?

Social media is an increasingly effective strategy for third sector organisations, particularly smaller charities, that want to connect with supporters, writes Katherine Smith in Tods Murray’s Third Sector Team. For small charities, if used properly, it can help level the playing field with the bigger charities with more resources at their disposal. They can use … Continue reading

Sponsorship, Sporting Scotland and SMEs – Video Report

Sponsorship, Sporting Scotland and SMEs – Video Report

Tods Murray delivered another excellent event about ‘Sponsorship, Sporting Scotland and SMEs’ in conjunction with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday 26 March. This event forms part of our strategic Platinum Partnership with the Chamber which enables us to continue to support them and their members for the greater good of Glasgow’s business communities. Over … Continue reading

H&L Forum to focus on regional tourism

H&L Forum to focus on regional tourism

The tourism benefits for the whole of Scotland will be the focus of the next Tods Murray Solicitors Hospitality and Leisure Forum, which is taking place next week (Wednesday 2nd April) in Glasgow. With much discussion surrounding the impact of tourism in Scotland’s bigger cities, the offering of the country’s regions can often be overlooked. … Continue reading

So, whatever happened to MUP?

So, whatever happened to MUP?

The controversial subject of minimum pricing of alcohol first arose in Scotland back in 2010, when the then SNP administration in the Scottish Parliament failed in its bid to push through plans to set the minimum unit price for alcohol (MUP) at 45p. MSPs rejected the proposal of the administration’s Alcohol Bill, but unanimously approved … Continue reading

The Chancellor’s ‘Savers’ budget is good news

The Chancellor’s ‘Savers’ budget is good news

 The Chancellor’s self-declared Budget for savers should be welcomed, according to tax expert Anne Marie Renz. Speaking after watching the Chancellor’s statement, Head of Tax at Tods Murray Solicitors Anne Marie Renz said: “The Chancellor’s proposals to incentivise and reward savers will undoubtedly be welcomed by those taxpayers, particularly pensioners, who have suffered a significant … Continue reading

Tods Murray at CIH Scotland 2014

Tods Murray at CIH Scotland 2014

The Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland held their annual conference at Glasgow’s SECC last week. The busy event ran for three days with the theme ‘Where next for housing?’ – a big question in the current political and economic climate. The key issues addressed included the impact of the independence referendum; the ongoing welfare reform … Continue reading

In conversation with Alistair Darling

In conversation with Alistair Darling

With six months to go before Scotland takes to the polls in the independence referendum, former Chancellor and leader of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling spoke in conversation with the BBC’s James Naughtie on the key issues leading the constitutional debate. The event, held at The Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow on Thursday 13th March, … Continue reading

Think and Talk with Alistair Darling

Think and Talk with Alistair Darling

As we move into the last six months of the Scottish independence referendum debate,  Tods Murray spoke exclusively to former Chancellor and leader of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling. We asked him some of the key questions on currency union, Scottish governance post-referendum and his message for business looking at Scotland just now. Watch … Continue reading

James Naughtie on the independence debate so far

James Naughtie on the independence debate so far

As the Scottish independence referendum campaign enters the last six months, Tods Murray speaks again to leading political commentator and broadcaster James Naughtie of the BBC on the latest development in the debate. Tods Murray’s Banking & Finance Team is actively involved in the independence debate through its client base in London and has played … Continue reading

Sponsorship, Sporting Scotland and SMEs

Sponsorship, Sporting Scotland and SMEs

Tods Murray is delighted to be a Platinum Partner to Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Together we are hosting a business breakfast event on 26 March at Glasgow Science Centre which will focus on ‘Sponsorship, Sporting Scotland and SMEs’. Speaking ahead of this event, Richard Muir, Deputy Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce highlights the … Continue reading

Scottish Coal Company

Scottish Coal Company

The recent decision of the Inner House of the Court of Session (the Scottish court of appeal) (CSIH) in the case involving the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) (and others) and the liquidators of the Scottish Coal Company Ltd (SCC) [2013] CSIH 108 has some interesting implications from a property perspective as well as an … Continue reading

Celebrating 10 years of The Gathering

Celebrating 10 years of The Gathering

Last week saw Scotland’s third sector congregate once again for The Gathering which is organised annually by the SCVO. Taking place at the SECC in Glasgow, the two days were a chance for delegates to visit the various exhibitors and speak to charities, service providers, advisors and regulatory bodies. Delegates also attended an extensive list … Continue reading

Dilapidations in Scotland

Dilapidations in Scotland

Verifiable CPD To achieve 60 minutes of Verifiable CPD, simply download the Multiple Choice Test, complete it as you view the online seminar and then send your answer sheet to sarah.lam@todsmurray.com. You will then be issued with a Verifiable CPD Certificate. Verifiable CPD Multiple Choice Test – Download here. About the seminar: This was a … Continue reading

Scottish Right to Light

Scottish Right to Light

What is a right to light? In England, a “right to light” gives a land owner the right to receive light through defined apertures in buildings on its land.  The right is classed as a type of easement (servitude) and can be created by express grant, implied grant or, in certain circumstances, by prescription.  There … Continue reading

Debate at deadlock after First Minister’s currency union speech, says Rod MacLeod

Debate at deadlock after First Minister’s currency union speech, says Rod MacLeod

Speaking after First Minister Alex Salmond hit back at Chancellor George Osborne’s stance on currency union, banking and finance expert Rod MacLeod of Tods Murray Solicitors believes the First Minister’s speech leaves the debate very much in deadlock. After the First Minister addressed an audience of pro-independence business leaders in Aberdeen, Rod said: “Alex Salmond … Continue reading