Blog: Tips for companies to address a gender pay gap

Now that the first cycle of gender pay gap reports have been published, it might be tempting to breathe a sigh of relief that the hard work is over. But for those companies which are committed to reducing their pay gap, the hard work has just begun, writes Gillian Maclellan, partner and employment law specialist at CMS

Published 23 July 2018

Michael Thomson: Doubts rising over CVA effectiveness

Company voluntary arrangements (CVAS) are very much in vogue. Why? Growth of online shopping, Brexit uncertainty, increased export costs, drop in consumer confidence and spend, increases in business rates, rising labour costs and long-term inflexible lease costs. All of these been cited as factors contributing to financial difficulties for bricks and mortar operators in the UK retail, fashion and casual dining sectors. Michael Thomson summarises recent scrutiny of the CVA process.

Published 16 July 2018

Blog: Changes to VAT Grouping Eligibility

Andrew Young of Edinburgh-based accountancy firm Chiene + Tait's VAT team highlights proposed changes to VAT Groups, what they are and what entities are impacted

Published 12 July 2018

Blog: Community Empowerment – right to force the sale of abandoned, neglected or detrimental land

Following the transfer of the Island of Ulva to the North West Mull Community Woodland Company, Amy Entwistle, a partner in the commercial real estate team at law firm Morton Fraser, looks at the right to force the sale of abandoned, neglected or detrimental land

Published 11 July 2018

Blog: LBTT relief for first-time buyers not enough for those looking in Scotland's cities

New LBTT relief for first-time buyers is the latest in a series of moves by the Scottish Government to help people get on the property ladder, but they will still struggle to compete for properties in city centres in the current climate, writes Shawn Wood, a solicitor at Watermans Legal

Published 6 July 2018

Blog: Cloud accounting for the rural sector - the pros and cons

As "The Cloud" continues to assert itself on the accounting landscape and looks certain to play a big part in the managing of business finances well into the future, rural sector experts at accountants Saffery Champness take a closer look at its applicability to businesses operating outside of the urban setting

Published 27 June 2018

Blog: Plot thickens on returning abandoned land to use

Kirsty Glennan, senior solicitor at Burness Paull, writes on impending changes to Scottish land law

Published 26 June 2018

Blog: A director's liability when the liquidator comes calling

Michael J M Reid, licensed insolvency practitioner and partner of Meston Reid & Co, chartered accountants in Aberdeen explores the impact on directors when firms go under

Published 20 June 2018

Blog: Flurry of deals indicates trickier times lie ahead

Stephen Martin, head of office at Brewin Dolphin in Glasgow warns not to be complacent as mergers come thick and fast

Published 18 June 2018

Blog: Can classic cars accelerate your returns?

Johnny Fleming, Assistant Director (Investment Management) at Brewin Dolphin in Edinburgh gets motoring with a novel investment concept

Published 14 June 2018

Blog: Is time up for Scottish Limited Partnerships?

Bonar Mercer, a solicitor at MacRoberts in Edinburgh, looks at a fresh consultation on on proposed reforms to the limited partnerships regime

Published 6 June 2018

Blog: Scotland’s surge in SME equity raising

Paul Mason, head of corporate finance at Chiene + Tait, talks us through what he says is a resurgent investment climate for SMEs

Published 25 May 2018

Blog: What research should you do before saying yes to a charity trustee role?

Thinking of taking on a trustee role? Euan Morrison, head of charities at Edinburgh accountancy firm Chiene + Tait, talks us through the potential pitfalls

Published 14 May 2018

New laws on shared parental leave “needed to close gender pay gap”

Published 10 May 2018

Blog: CVAs and what it means for commercial landlords

Addi Speirs, a partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s restructuring team, says more businesses are looking for alternatives to administration

Published 8 May 2018