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Alan Gilfillan: Legal consequences of a no-deal Brexit

The UK is set to leave the European Union on 29 March. If MPs accept the proposed withdrawal agreement, we will enter a transition period where most EU law will still apply in the UK and there will be further discussions about our future relationship. However, there is a chance we might leave the EU without a deal and should consider what this means for UK businesses.

Opinion
Ann Stewart is a property and real estate adviser with Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP.

Ann Stewart: Be prepared for some types of property tax increases

Among the proposals in the latest Scottish Budget are increases in the rates of land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) for commercial properties, and a rate hike for the additional dwellings supplement (ADS) for purchases of additional residences in Scotland, eg a second home or a buy-to-let property.

Opinion

Jennifer Jack: The case is altered – we now know Brexit can be stopped

Brexit is fraught with uncertainty – but there is now one thing we know without doubt. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has confirmed the UK is legally entitled to unilaterally revoke its Article 50 notice. In practical terms, this means that if the withdrawal agreement is not acceptable to Parliament, and ‘no deal’ is equally unacceptable, there is another path.

Opinion
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Scottish Legal Review: Upward progress in solid year

The last year might best be characterised as 12 months of solid progress for the legal profession in Scotland. Growth has been steady following a fairly flat 2017 – and Brexit, perhaps surprisingly, has not had the direct impact on business that we might have expected this time last year.

Companies
Scottish Legal Review: Adjustments just the job

Scottish Legal Review: Adjustments just the job

Some of the biggest changes in employment law in the last couple of years have been a response to the shifting nature of the modern workforce, while other high profile areas involve decades-old legislation being applied more frequently.

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Scottish Legal Review: Buoyancy aided by the weak pound

Scottish Legal Review: Buoyancy aided by the weak pound

Despite the absence of blockbuster deals, the Scottish mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market has been busy and at times buoyant in 2018 – fuelled by a strong performance in specific sectors and by foreign investment attracted by a weak pound.

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Scottish Legal Review: Can we settle out of court?

Scottish Legal Review: Can we settle out of court?

A hot topic of conversation among Scotland’s litigators over the last year has been the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) Bill, which was passed by the Scottish Government in May, with secondary legislation yet to be enacted.

Companies
"Trade Secrets can be critical to differentiating a companys product in the marketplace"

New law to safeguard Irn Bru’s secret

Scottish brands to be protected by ‘Trade Secret’ legislation, which allows companies to keep their recipes for success under wraps, writes Murgitroyd's Gordon Stark

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