Blogs



Nick Pollard: Mid-Market Rent legislation in Scotland, a costly historical anachronism?

Kingdom Housing Association’s Nick Pollard discusses whether the law regarding Mid-Market Renting in Scotland is outdated, counter-productive and detrimental to the affordable housing sector and its tenants and participants.

Published 8 October 2019

David Lonsdale: MSPs must support business rate reform

Mr David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium Agenda, urges MSPs to support business rate reform to mitigate the decline of the Scottish high street.

Published 8 October 2019

Kelly Tolhurst: British Business Bank

It was revealed yesterday that the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme has lent over £30 million to small businesses in Scotland since 2012.

Published 4 October 2019

Gillian Docherty: Hats off to the fintech sector

As part of the Scottish Fintech Festival, Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO at The Data Lab, explores the interdependence of the data sector and the growth of Scotland’s fintech sector.

Published 27 September 2019

Blog: Scottish National Investment Bank progress

Ahead of the stage one debate on the establishment of the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, economy secretary Derek Mackay has written about what the bank will mean for the future of the Scottish economy.

Published 26 September 2019

Blog: Concerns over farmhouse tax relief

Alex Docherty, tax partner at Johnston Carmichael, wrote for The Courier and Advertiser about concerns over farmhouse tax relief.

Published 25 September 2019

Blog: Thriving fintech scene set to give business new moves

Stuart Gillies, an associate at CMS, wrote for The Scotsman, on how the burgeoning Fintech industry is set to plunge the corporate world into a tech-driven revolution.

Published 24 September 2019

Blog: The Dickensian Era of George the 4th : Can we Move Forward from Civil Imprisonment?

Written by Stephen Cowan, managing director Yuill + Kyle.

Published 24 September 2019

Susan Anderson: Future Asset conference to make a difference for girls

Susan Anderson discusses progress in closing the gender gap in finance.

Published 17 September 2019

Martyn Paterson: The randomness of global equity returns

Martyn Paterson, financial planner at AAB Wealth in Aberdeen, examines the unpredictability of the global equity market – and why it isn't necessarily a bad thing for investors.

Published 10 September 2019

Kirsty Ross: The UK’s family-owned businesses are setting the standard for female leadership

Kirsty Ross, head of KPMG's family business consultancy in Scotland, looks at how family businesses have become trailblazers for women in business.

Published 9 September 2019

Bob Ruddiman: Energy industry must rise to new oil and gas challenges

In Aberdeen this week more than 36,000 global oil and gas professionals have gathered to debate, lecture, promote and celebrate the achievements of the energy industry at the biennial SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition.

Published 6 September 2019

Sarah Leslie: New rules for asset management firm managers – what you need to know

On 9 December 2019, the senior managers and certification regime (SMCR) will come into force for all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)-regulated asset management firms, replacing the old approved persons regime. Sarah Leslie tells practitioners what they need to know.

Published 19 August 2019

Blog: What happens when insolvency, equal pay and TUPE collide?

Equal pay claims have certain special features, and the case of Graysons Restaurants Ltd v Jones and others highlights what that means in an insolvency context. Equal pay claims are based on discrimination principles but are basically breach of contract claims. They also have a unique treatment under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE): in the case Allana Sweeney and Elouisa Crichton highlight below, there were three TUPE transfers. Add to that an insolvency situation and sums guaranteed by the National Insurance Fund (NIF), and things get rather interesting.

Published 9 August 2019

Blog: The self-crowning creditor?

Earlier this year the UK government consulted on crowning HMRC with a promoted ranking in the insolvency of corporates and individuals. This month, it has published the draft 2019-2020 Finance Bill containing the legislative provisions that will bring this coronation into law. Michael Thomson, Partner at law firm Burness Paull, explains the details.

Published 1 August 2019