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1,200 Under 10s Involved in Crime

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Over 1,200 children under the age of 10 have been involved in crime in the last two years in Scotland according to figures from a Freedom of Information request.

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Scottish Prisons Face Greater Scrutiny After Parliament Approves New System

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The Scottish Parliament have approved a reform of the system, which scrutinises Scottish prisons, in order to improve the way prisons are monitored.

Michael Matheson, Justice Secretary, explained: "The previous system for monitoring Scotland's prisons was not as effective as it could be. There was a lack of accountability and significant inconsistencies in the way in which individual visiting committees worked".

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New Tax Rates to be Reviewed In Budget

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The Scottish Government has confirmed that tax rates, which are set to replace stamp duty when buying a property, are to be reviewed as part of the budget.

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In The Media

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Our employment specialist Stephen Smith has featured in today's edition of The Herald following a statement on legal aid from the Law Society of Scotland.

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Scottish Tenants Happy with Buy-to-let Properties, but Supply Might Fail to Meet Demand

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A recent survey by Scottish letting agents Lettingweb, has shown that the Scottish private rented sector is going from strength to strength, but warns that the growing tenant demand could lead to a shortage in home supply. The news comes after the latest house price index showed a 0.7% increase in house prices during October 2014, putting prices at just £717 below the pre-recession peak of £165,515.

Overall, the research proves that the Scottish property market has recovered since the independence referendum in September 2014, with house prices currently rising at a faster pace than they did most of 2014. The rise equates to 5.7% overall annual growth in Scottish house prices, meaning a capital return of £8,850 for the average property investment in Scotland in the past year.

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Buy Early Or Face Stamp Duty Hike

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Homebuyers in Scotland who are planning a big move in 2015 should take into account the new Stamp Duty rules which come into effect at the end of March.

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Can I get Legal Aid for a lawyer to attend a Children’s Hearing with me?

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The Children’s Hearing System is unique to Scotland and stems from the requirement of care and protection beyond parental control. Decisions are made in the best interests of the child or young person to help and protect them.

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No Fault Divorce

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The possibility of a “divorce” between Scotland and England was discussed for much of 2014. There is therefore some irony that during 2015, the law on divorce could well be unified across the border.

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New Tax Law In April Provides Boom in Scottish Property Market

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The value of prime property in Scotland rose by 1% in the final quarter of 2014, with buyer demand before a new tax law being one of the major reasons for a surge in demand.

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Season's Greetings From GLP

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Season's Greetings from everyone at Glasgow Law Practice.

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Crackdown on Motorists Causes Rise in Criminal Convictions Across Scotland

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For the first time in seven years in Scotland, the number of criminal proceedings and convictions has risen, with the police crackdown on motorists said to be the reason.

There was a four per cent rise in criminal cases and convictions in 2013/14, marking an increase of almost 5,000 proceedings in Scotland's courts. However, a report released by the Scottish Government shows that over the year there was an increase of more than 4,800 motoring convictions, which shows the rise has been driven by Police Scotland's "operational practice".

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New Property Tax Collection System in Race Against Time

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Experts have warned that the computer system to process Scotland’s new Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) may not be in place in time for the April 1st deadline.

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Expert Blames Referendum for Property Slump in Most Expensive Properties

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An expert has blamed the Scottish referendum and changes to the land reform for a slump in the Scottish property market in the most expensive country estates.

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Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Challenged

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It was disclosed this week that the Conservative party will be challenging the 10 per cent tax on the purchase of homes above £250,000 imposed under the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), which is set to come into force in April 2015.

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Edinburgh Rents Second Only To London

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New research has shown that the price of renting accommodation in Edinburgh is the most expensive city to live in in the UK, second only to London.

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Criminal Reform Targets Air Gun Control

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Anyone who owns an airgun will need to have a license under the new Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

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Accessing Your Partner's Criminal History in Scotland? Clare's Law Begins in Ayrshire & Aberdeen

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This week, Police Scotland's landmark pilot scheme, which will allow people to access information on their new partners' offending history, will begin a trial in both Ayrshire and Aberdeen.

The scheme has already been in operation in England and Wales after the murder of a woman named 'Clare', by her ex-boyfriend in 2009. The man had a history of violence towards women, but Clare was unaware of this fact. Her story inspired the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse, which has also been labelled 'Clare's Law'.

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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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