Blogs



Blog: The only way is ethics and other investment practicalities for managing trusts

Suzy Thomson, investment manager at Brewin Dolphin in Dundee, suggests five things lawyers should consider in managing trusts.

Published 18 January 2019

Blog: Value investing: is the tide turning?

Growth or value? That has been the question on many investors’ minds as markets took a turbulent turn through the autumn months. They represent the two main schools of thought when it comes to investing and investors often try to lump stocks into one or other of the two categories. Of course, it’s not so clearcut as Box A for fast-growing glamour stocks and Box B for dowdy, old cheap shares – the lines are often blurred. Both have their draws, writes Alasdair McKinnon, manager at The Scottish Investment Trust.

Published 8 January 2019

Blog: Johnston Carmichael looks to Brexit and beyond for their 2019 predictions

With Brexit producing a year of twists and turns, the only certainty about 2019 is that the outlook for businesses across Scotland remains uncertain, according to independent Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers Johnston Carmichael

Published 3 January 2019

Blog: January must mark end of political panto

In the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland’s seasonal message, the small business campaign group’s Scotland policy chair, Andrew McRae, urges MPs to be ready for business in 2019

Published 3 January 2019

Blog: VAT's Christmas!

As 2018 draws to an end and the New Year approaches, William Wallace, VAT Manager at French Duncan, considers what is happening in the ever-changing world of VAT

Published 21 December 2018

Blog: All 'Hale' the Court of Appeal

Alan Meek, a partner in Morton Fraser’s corporate team, delves into the consequences of the Court of Appeal case that brought into question the status of a director's interim dividends when a company goes under

Published 13 December 2018

Blog: Why 2019 could be a year of no compromise for accountancy and finance candidates

By Eilidh Black, Senior Consultant – Accountancy and Finance, HRC Recruitment

Published 13 December 2018

Blog: A contrarian investor's view of the year ahead

Alasdair McKinnon, manager at The Scottish Investment Trust, peers ahead towards a coming year full of uncertainty, in his 'Economic Outlook 2019'

Published 12 December 2018

Stephen Oates: The gift of giving may not be tax free

Stephen Oates, tax director at French Duncan, warns that business owners should take care that they don't make employees liable for additional tax and National Insurance by giving gifts at Christmas.

Published 11 December 2018

Alan Gordon: Challengers create lending circles offering up to £10m

Alan Gordon, principal commercial partner in the Glasgow North office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, considers the opportunities that challenger banks provide to the commercial property sector.

Published 10 December 2018

Alan McIntosh: Is time up for Time Orders?

Alan McIntosh discusses a recent case in Greenock Sheriff Court in which he was involved that raised some interesting questions about the effects of Time Orders under section 129 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. A hearing is scheduled for later this month.

Published 10 December 2018

Blog: Scots fintechs can lead the way in open banking

By Steve Tigar, CEO of Money Dashboard

Published 5 December 2018

Blog: Enterprise goes into reverse for floating charge-holders

Bruce Wood of Morton Fraser assess the implications for Scotland of the reinstatement of the "Crown Preference" in all insolvency processes

Published 29 November 2018

Blog: Is Common Ground on the Common Financial Tool possible?

Senior Money Adviser Alan McIntosh looks ahead to a future without the Common Financial Tool

Published 22 November 2018

Blog: Gourmet Burger Kitchen – biting off more than you can chew

As Gourmet Burger Kitchen announces the closure of 17 restaurants in a Company Voluntary Arrangement, the number of empty units on our high streets increases by the day. But when most retail premises are occupied under ten or fifteen year leases, Gregor Duthie, Senior Associate, Real Estate, at Gilson Gray looks at what these insolvency arrangements mean in practice.

Published 16 November 2018