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Legislation

Brexit Twists and Turns - Time to Set the Record Straight

No-one (or almost no-one) ever said Brexit was going to be easy, although I suspect that few would have anticipated last June after the Leave vote just how many twists and turns there would be. And I dare say there will be many more to come.
Since that vote, there has been an endless, and at times overwhelming, series of press articles and other commentaries analysing the politics and legal niceties of Brexit.

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Power Of Attorney: The Advantages To Planning Ahead

A recent study lists nine key factors that contribute towards the risk of dementia. These include mid-life hearing loss, failing to complete secondary education, smoking and failing to seek early treatment for depression.

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Pensions And Same Sex Partners: Equality Wins But What Does It Mean For Your Scheme?

Sarah Phillips

On 12 July, the Supreme Court delivered its decision on the landmark case of Walker v Innospec Limited and others, overturning two lower appeal courts and ruling that Mr Walker’s husband is entitled to the same pension rights as an equivalent female spouse. While undoubtedly a victory for equality, the decision also has the potential to cause headaches for employers, trustees and pension providers.

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GDPR And The Pensions Industry: Your First Steps

Sarah Phillips

The new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will replace existing European data protection law from 25 May 2018. The changes being introduced are significant and there is a lot to do to get ready.  

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A Hot Topic: A New Regulatory Approach To Scottish District Heating

James Forbes

District heating (DH) delivers heat and hot water produced by a centralised boiler (either gas or biomass fuelled) via an insulated pipe network to residential and commercial users. DH schemes can deliver cheaper heat, helping to alleviate fuel poverty, in an efficient and eco friendly manner.

In its policy statement of 2015 the Scottish Government set a target of 1.5TWh of heat via DH schemes by 2020.

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Kodi No’ Dae That

The passing of the Digital Economy Act earlier this month means, suppliers and users of illegal streams offered through such services as Kodi add ons, could be sentenced to a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, if convicted of illegally streaming content protected by copyright.
 
This significant change in the law has been introduced as a result of the exponential increase in the use of set top boxes to stream copyright protected material into  homes and  business premises (often licenced premises), thus avoiding payment for legitimate satellite or cable services

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Crown Estate Changes – The Impact on Scotland’s Marine Renewables Industry

Criag Whelton

As landlord of the seabed, the Crown Estate has responsibility for granting lease rights to offshore marine developers for wave, tidal and offshore wind schemes.   Later this year that function will transfer on an interim basis to the Crown Estate Scotland Interim Management.

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Guest blog: Places People and Planning

We were delighted that Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing was able to join us to introduce the Government’s consultation paper “Places people and planning” setting out proposals for the review of planning in Scotland and engage positively in the debate with our delegates on the proposals in the paper.  The Minister has set out his aspirations for the new system, highlighted in his guest blog below and we would again encourage you to engage in the consultation.

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Uber: What The Judgment Means For You

Readers of my blog post on “The Gig Economy” last week will not have missed the breaking news on Friday that the long-awaited judgment of the Employment Tribunal in London in the claim against tech giants Uber

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Brexit: How Much Impact Would It Really Have On The UK’s Regulatory Sphere?

Fran Hutchison

To Brexit or not to Brexit? That is the question. The impact of Brexit has now been widely discussed and various “helpful” studies and reports have been published by government bodies, think tanks and other interested parties, each setting out statistical analysis in support of either the leave or remain campaigns. With so much being said about Brexit, and so much of it contradictory, it would be easy to decide that you are sick of hearing about “it” and cast your vote on 23 June without really considering the issues.

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