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The New Personal Injury Solicitors of Bristol Website

New blog contribution: Residents and workers in the Bristol and Avon area now have a new website specialising in personal injury claims advice. (Note for personal injury claims advice in Scotland contact the GLP here). The new Personal Injury Solicitors Bristol website, operated and managed by The Accident Claimline Limited, is a newly launched local targeted website which aims to offer reputable advice to people who have suffered from an injury resulting from an accident.

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Expert Blames Referendum for Property Slump in Most Expensive Properties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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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