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Laura Tainsh is a Partner and waste management specialist at Davidson Chalmers

Laura Tainsh: Be prepared for changes to waste management laws

A number of significant policy and regulatory changes which govern the way we manage waste across the UK are on the horizon. One of the key measures to be implemented by the Scottish Government is a landfill ban covering all biodegradable municipal waste (BMW). The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 inserted a provision in the Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003 prohibiting the acceptance of BMW at landfills from 1 January 2021.

Opinion
David Buchanan-Cook is Head of Strategic Insight at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

David Buchanan-Cook: Read the small print – even when dealing with solicitors

Since 1983, World Consumer Rights Day has been used as a means of raising global awareness. These days we seem increasingly to be asked to sign lengthy contracts for goods and services which outline our rights and protections as ­consumers. But let’s be honest – when you signed that ­contract with your latest mobile phone provider, or for that new washing machine, did you actually bother to read the small print?

Opinion
A key ingredient of success has been Barr's ability to keep their Irn Bru recipe under lock and key and out of competitors' clutches. Picture: John Devlin

You must protect all your trade secrets – Neeraj Thomas

The recent case involving McDonalds, where the EU Intellectual Property Office revoked the company’s EU trade mark for “BIG MAC” owing to McDonalds’ failure to show genuine use, raises some interesting questions. It has also led food and drinks businesses to query what practical steps they can take to protect their most important commodity: their brand. As is so often the case, the answer lies in ensuring a company’s valuable intellectual property rights are properly protected.

Opinion
Alan Gilfillan is a Partner with Balfour+Manson

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 is a partner at Harper Macleod

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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