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House Prices RIse By Over 12% to 7 Year High

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UK house prices have risen by 12.1% in the year to the end of September according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Scottish House Prices Reach Record High

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According to official statistics, house prices in Scotland are at their highest ever level since Registrars of Scotland began compiling records in 2003.

The average price between July and September of this year was sitting at £170,190, which is above the average price prior to the economic downturn. The figure represents a 5.2 per cent increase in price compared to the same period in 2013.

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Scotland’s Legal Aid System “No Longer Fit For Purpose”

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A damning report from the Law Society of Scotland has called for reforms to the legal aid system, stating that it has not kept up with reforms in the wider justice system.

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Stamp Duty Makes Way for Land and Building Transaction Tax

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As mentioned in our last blog on April 1st 2015 Land and Building Transaction Tax will be introduced to phase out Stamp Duty land tax under a new Act expected to pass in the Scottish Parliament next year. 

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What Will Switching Property Transactional Tax Cost Scotland?

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In April 2015 the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and landfill tax will be ‘switched off’ in Scotland and replaced by the Land and Buildings and Transactions Tax (LBTT) rates.

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COT3 Agreements

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A COT3 Agreement is a legally binding agreement which is drafted by ACAS once parties have agreed to settle an Employment Tribunal claim. These agreements can be drafted during the course of Early Conciliation, that is before any claim has been lodged with an Employment Tribunal, or in the course of settlement discussions after a claim has been raised.

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Preventing Miscarriages of Justice in Scottish Criminal Law

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The Post-corroboration Safeguards Review has recently published its proposals to help prevent miscarriages of justice following the abolition of corroboration - the requirement for two different and independent sources of evidence in support of each crucial fact before a person is convicted of a crime - in Scotland. The group, led by former High Court judge Lord Bonomy, was appointed by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill after Parliament backed his push to abolish corroboration by only a small majority.

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Wilful Neglect in the Care Sector

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The Scottish Government have put forward proposals for the introduction of new legislative measures that make it a criminal offence to deliberately mistreat or neglect people receiving care.

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ACAS Conciliation – use of COT3 Forms

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It is now compulsory for all Claimants who are considering making a claim at the Employment Tribunal against their previous employers to complete an Early Conciliation form. This is part of a new scheme which introduced in April 2014 to encourage resolution between parties before it reaches the stage of a claim.

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Increased Money Laundering Investigations Into Law Firms

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organisations created by the G7 in 1989 to investigate financial crime, will begin its investigations into money-laundering practices in the UK in 2016.

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Cuts to UK Legal Aid – Miscarriage of Justice?

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The annual European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice report published on the 8th October 2014 shows that the UK spends £2billion a year on Legal Aid. This figure is 20 times the European average and has resulted in the Government implementing controversial reforms to cut this figure in an attempt to reduce public spending. 

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Blowing The Whistle Online Made Simpler – But Beware Legal Pitfalls

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Contact details for more than 70 bodies responsible for investigating whistleblowing allegations have been published online by the UK Government. The law on whistleblowing offers protection to employees but only if they make allegations in a responsible manner to the proper body.

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New Project to Prevent Thefts & Housebreakings is to be Extended in Scotland

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A pilot project involving the invisible marking of personal property has been so successful, Police Scotland have said it will be rolled out to other communities across Scotland.

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Police Drop Colour-Blind Ban After Discrimination Claim

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SCOTLAND’S police force has reversed its policy of rejecting officers who are colour-blind after The Glasgow Law Practice began a legal challenge.

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Impact of the Referendum Outcome on the Scottish Property Market

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The National association of Estate Agents has commented on how they think the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum will affect the Scottish property market.

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Armed Robbery in Glasgow City Centre - What Could Suspects Be Charged With?

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Around noon yesterday (24th September), a gang of four men raided jewellers in the Argyll Arcade between Buchanan Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow. Masked and armed with hammers and axes, the suspects are yet to be identified, although police have recovered a white Volkswagen Golf abandoned in Townhead, believed to be the get away vehicle.

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Fall in Crime against UK Businesses

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There has been a sharp drop in crimes committed against UK businesses, according to recently released figures from AXA Business Insurance.

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Oscar Pistorius: Getting Away with Murder

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Judge Thokozile Masipa last week cleared Pistorius of both premeditated murder and common murder (dollus eventualis) eventually convicting the paralymic star of the lesser crime of culpable homicide. This post discusses how this decision was reached and why the situation may have been different under Scot’s law.

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Rise in Property Purchases Dependent on Referendum Outcome

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This month has seen house buyers make offers for property purchases conditional on the outcome of the referendum, with these offers becoming more common as the day draws closer.

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NMC Brings in New Registration Rules for Overseas Nurses

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Nurses and midwives who trained outside Europe will have to pass tests before they are allowed to practice in the UK.

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