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Knight Rider Becomes Reality

Roddy Cairns

The self-driving car - as famously depicted in the David Hasselhoff TV series Knight Rider – is fast becoming reality.

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LChalmers

10 Things about the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016...

Scotland’s new Lobbying Register is now live with the coming in to force of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 on 12 March 2018.

With the aim of increasing public transparency over face-to-face communications with the Scottish Parliament or Scottish Government all regulated lobbying (as defined in the Act) has to be registered. 

Not all lobbying is covered, however if you or your organisation undertake lobbying activity then you should understand what the new requirements are and what action you need to take.  

Here are “10 Things” you should know abou

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‘Legal Tech’ Will Become More Than the Sum of Its Parts in 2018

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2017 was a breakthrough year for legal technology in terms of broad acceptance and adoption of particular applications. Propositions such as automated document review packages, enhanced “know your client’”offerings, and data analysis/visualisation tools are now commonplace. Software has made a big impact on the delivery of legal services, and will continue to do so but we believe 2018 will be a year of “multipliers”.

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LChalmers

Scottish Government Publishes Planning Bill

Theresa Hunt

Following an extended period of consultation, the Scottish Government has published an early Christmas present in the form of the Planning (Scotland) Bill, setting out its proposed changes to the Scottish planning system.  The Scottish Government has said its aim is to provide an improved system of development planning, giving people a greater say in the future of their places and supporting delivery of planning development. 

The Bill can be accessed here

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Beware! Three-yearly Returns for Leases under LBTT

Stuart Gardiner

Whilst Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (“LBTT”) in Scotland is broadly similar in nature to Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) which applies within the rest of the UK, there are some key differences between the two regimes.

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Brexit and your Contracts - Plan now for the Great Unknown

Brexit and Contracts

As Brexit negotiations continue and uncertainty remains, there is something that you can do now to minimise the risks to your business. It is true that we don’t yet know what a post-Brexit world will look like. What will the economic impact of Brexit be? Will a transitional deal be agreed and if so, on what terms? What will happen at our borders in relation to goods and people? How will Brexit affect our laws? What will the final deal be? Indeed, will there be a deal?

This uncertainty creates risks.

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Model Tenancy Agreement now Available for New Residential Tenancies

Further to the new Private Residential Tenancy (“PRT”) regime which comes into force on 1 Dec 2017, the Scottish Government has now published the Model Tenancy Agreement which they had promised to introduce as a suggested template for new PRT agreements.

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Can your Supply Chain Cope with a Hard Brexit?

Can your supply chain cope with a hard Brexit?

There is increasing talk of the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a trade agreement. Failure to reach agreement by 29 March 2019 (Brexit day) will impact on how goods and materials (goods) are dealt with at the UK border.

In a paper on the subject the Institute of Government has analysed the likely consequences of a hard Brexit at the border and identified a number of business critical issues. 

So what are the issues and how might businesses plan for a hard Brexit?   

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Is it Time for a New Approach to IP Enforcement in Scotland?

Is the landscape of IP enforcement in Scotland changing?   It’s a question which, at first glance, might seem curious.  There have been no seismic changes to the legislation that governs the enforcement of IP rights and no landmark cases in the Scottish courts which might justify that question being asked.

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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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