Blogs



Jim Cuthbert: Scotland risks sliding backwards into the risks, expense and failures of PFI

In a new report for Common Weal, former chief statistician Jim Cuthbert examines the newly developed 'Mutual Investment Model' that the Scottish Government has adopted for at least some future public infrastructure projects.

Published 5 November 2019

Dave Smith: Don’t wait until 2020 - contractors should seek IR35 advice now

Dave Smith, tax manager at Meston Reid & Co, has urged contractors to seek IR35 advice now and not wait until 2020 to do so.

Published 4 November 2019

Alison Rose promises greater role for staff at RBS

Alison Rose has marked her first day as chief executive of RBS by sending a letter to all staff promising to change the culture at the part-nationalised bank.

Published 1 November 2019

Ben Zielinski: Terminating a commercial lease – how hard can it be to quit?

Ben Zielinski, a senior associate in the commercial litigation team at Shoosmiths in Edinburgh, considers the significance of a recent judgment in the Court of Session that has given greater clarification of how much notice a landlord needs to give to terminate a commercial lease in Scotland.

Published 24 October 2019

Stephen Bryceland: Will Scottish risks become uninsurable?

Scotland has always been different from the rest of the UK when it comes to claims and litigation. With a separate jurisdiction and its own unique legal concepts and rules, it has been essential for insurers to understand and acknowledge the quirks of the Scottish system and to deal with them accordingly. This has simply been one aspect of the business of being a UK-wide insurance provider.

Published 21 October 2019

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Kingdom Housing Association’s Nick Pollard discusses whether the law regarding Mid-Market Renting in Scotland is outdated, counter-productive and detrimental to the affordable housing sector and its tenants and participants.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