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Steven Smart: ‘Reasonably foreseeable’ is the test in case of damages

Everyone knows that if Party A sustains injury, loss or damage as a result of the negligence of Party B, they are entitled to recover damages, aren’t they? Isn’t that always the case? What happens when things spiral beyond what might be reasonably anticipated? The recent case of Brian Miller v North Lanarkshire Council provided a useful insight into the approach the Scottish Courts take.

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Gillian Black is a Property Law Partner with Urquharts

Gillian Black: New planning act will see more regulation of ‘holiday homes’ in the capital

There is without a doubt growing client demand for advice on short term lets, and that’s in part down to the volume and sheer diversity of activity in the sector. With the arrival of online businesses such as Airbnb, short term letting ranges from householders renting out their spare room on an ad hoc basis, to investors purchasing properties as holiday lets, all the way to companies that have the financial clout to buy up multiple properties, often in the same building, to run as a larger scale enterprise.

Business
Greg MacDougall is a Partner and Solicitor Advocate with BLM

Greg MacDougall: Place for resolution before litigation

Justice might mean different things to different people. The opening scene of The Godfather illustrates this point, if only fictitiously. The Godfather, Don Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, is in discussion with an undertaker. The undertaker explains “I said to my wife, for justice, we must go to Don Corleone.” The Godfather considers that what he is being asked to do “is not justice”. Don Corleone determines himself what “justice” would be in the particular case. He asks the undertaker to “consider this justice a gift on my daughter’s wedding day”.

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Stephen Webster, chief executive, Thorntons Investments.

Stephen Webster: Plan for a future you can influence and concentrate on things you can control

The current political situation in the UK reminds me that, even within the most mature of democracies, fragile societies exist where the hopes and fears of polarised sections of the community can lead to irrational behaviours with little focus or thought given to the long-term outcomes of one’s actions. As with short-term political hyperbole, so it is also the case with our financial wellbeing. Allow me to explain.

Business
John Sturrock is CEO and senior mediator at Core Solutions

Mediation’s a bit like riding a new kind of bike

‘I have been doing this for the last 40 years. I would prefer to continue to do it as I have always done. There’s no need for this extra help. In fact, people would think I had gone a bit soft, or that I couldn’t manage it myself. And not many people do it anyway. It’s more costly too.”

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Laura Fitzpatrick is a Solicitor with Burness Paull

Don’t discriminate against dementia

As an employment lawyer, I often find myself talking about ‘having conversations’ – whether a difficult conversation with an employee or an employer, or opening up conversations in the workplace about subjects such as mental health, discrimination and diversity and inclusion.

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Claudia Cavalluzzo, Director, Converge

Claudia Cavalluzzo: Doing good and doing good business are not mutually incompatible

As a scientist, I used to look at businesses with a sceptical eye. Researchers feel they have a very important role which is to discover new technologies, approaches and drugs to save the world from diseases, natural catastrophes and global threats. When asked if I wanted to collaborate with a large multinational to help them develop new molecules against HIV, I felt betrayed and offended somehow.

Business
Kate Dodd is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant with Pinsent Masons

Don’t let yourself fall victim to culture shock: Kate Dodd

Thanks to the growth and expansionist policies of many developing economies, as well as the rapid advances in technology, media, and telecommunications, the world is growing ever smaller, with traditional national and international boundaries being replaced by cultural boundaries which do not have a physical line on any map.

Education
Caroline Maher is an Associate Solicitor at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Tips on how to be fair about gratuities: Caroline Maher

IT was revealed recently that bar staff who had worked at TRNSMT, the three-day music festival held in Glasgow Green this summer, hadn’t been allowed to keep tips left by customers, and the temporary staffing provider who recruited the staff was instead donating the funds to two local charities.

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