Blogs



Bruce Farquhar: Consider the Employee Ownership Trust

Succession planning is never an easy topic for business owners. Passing on an independent or family run business as a going concern will be one of the first priorities when looking to retire or move to a different role within the business, writes Bruce Farquhar.

Published 16 March 2020

David Kent: It's time Scottish firms realised the financial rewards for their innovation

David Kent, head of Scotland for innovation funding consultancy Leyton UK, looks at why Scottish firms are missing out on R&D tax relief and what can be done about it.

Published 12 March 2020

Lindsay Lee: Five things to consider when entering into credit agreements in the COVID-19 'delay' phase

Lindsay Lee, practice development lawyer at Brodies LLP, details what things should be considered when entering into credit agreements during the current COVID-19 'delay' phase.

Published 11 March 2020

Derek Anderson: What is sustainable investing? Can it be an alternative to ethical investing?

Derek Anderson, senior paraplanner at Edinburgh-based Mearns & Company, chartered financial planners, discusses sustainable investing and whether it can act as an alternative to ethical investing.

Published 3 March 2020

Craig Coyle: Budget must stimulate overseas trade

Craig Coyle, a corporate tax partner at Campbell Dallas, has emphasised that the British economy needs a budget that will support and encourage global trade.

Published 3 March 2020

Carol Flockhart: Celebrating the benefits of apprenticeship programmes

Carol Flockhart, managing partner at accountancy firm Chiene + Tait, highlights the benefits of apprentice programmes. 

Published 2 March 2020

Jim McMahon: Capital Gains Tax

Jim McMahon, tax manager at Balfour+Mason, discusses the upcoming changes in residential property sales which will impact Capital Gains Tax liability.

Published 24 February 2020

Womble Bond Dickinson: Government announces more construction tax changes

Womble Bond Dickinson's partner Jeremy Smith, managing associate Michelle Essen and practice development lawyer Karen Plumbley-Jones highlight further changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35).

Published 19 February 2020

Gordon Deane: Victory for bank customers in debt transfer case

Gordon Deane, partner at Balfour + Mason, discusses the English case where borrowers were successful in challenging the validity of a loan transfer from one bank to another.

Published 14 February 2020

Stephen Cowan: A quick guide to Scottish debt recovery

Stephen Cowan, managing director of Yuill + Kyle, provides information on the Scottish Debt Recovery system.

Published 14 February 2020

Nicola Brown: The economics of litigating low value claims

Nicola Brown, associate solicitor, dispute resolution at Blackadders solicitors, discusses the economics of litigating debts claims under the value of £5,000.

Published 13 February 2020

Kristen Bennie: 'Always on' attitude causes 'life admin paralysis' for Scots

Kristen Bennie, head of open experience at Royal Bank of Scotland, urges that Scots struggling with the stresses of 'life admin' should take time for themselves.

Published 11 February 2020

Shirley McIntosh: Legal sector faces new challenges thanks to property tax changes

Shirley McIntosh, tax partner at RSM, discusses the new challenges facing the legal sector amid changes in property tax.

Published 5 February 2020

Fraser Campbell: Rest of the world wants to do business with Scotland

In light of Brexit, Fraser Campbell, head of family business and international advisory partner at Campbell Dallas, details how the rest of the world wants to do business with Scotland.

Published 3 February 2020

Mark Brown: Audits are good for business

Mark Brown, audit, accounts and business assurance partner at Meston Reid & Co, said the practice is finding more and more companies are seeking an audit, even when not required to do so.

Published 3 February 2020