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A group of lawyers from Stronachs LLP are swapping their legal documents for sheet music as they prepare to deliver a one-off performance at a ladies’ afternoon tea party, organised by the law firm in honour of CLAN.

The “Tea in the Park” event will take place at The Park Cafe at Hazlehead Park on Friday, June 3, with all proceeds being contributed to CLAN, the law firm’s nominated charity for 2016.
Entertainment will be provided by an acoustic ensemble formed by Stronachs personnel. Partner Liz Stewart, will be the group’s lead singer with accompaniment on guitar and vocals from partner and solicitor advocate, Robert McDonald and solicitor Jamie Wilson.

A family run jewellery business in Inverurie has spent weeks designing and creating an exquisite bespoke necklace, to be auctioned at a fundraising event hosted by Stronachs LLP for local charity CLAN Cancer Support.

Steve Mitchell, goldsmith at Sinclairs in Inverurie, based the design of the necklace on the CLAN logo, with a 12 carat amethyst stone secured in a sterling silver setting and displayed on a twenty inch chain

Staff from Stronachs LLP are close to completing a “bar-to-10k” training programme ahead of next week’s Baker Hughes race – which kicks off their firm’s year-long commitment to supporting CLAN.

A group of 14 Stronachs personnel, including partners, solicitors and support workers, have been training on their lunch breaks in preparation for the 10k route in Aberdeen on Sunday, May 15.

Transferring properties into company ownership has become a hot topic, as changes in tax rules spur those with a portfolio on to looking at the best way to manage their assets, and plan for gifting to family members in the future.

By James Downie, Partner

Contractors who want to get a slice of the long-anticipated deluge of decommissioning work in the North Sea need to be aware their contracts should cater for unknowns which, if not addressed properly, could see their profits from these jobs suppressed or wiped out. A specialist contractor taking on work as part of a decommissioning project may discover discrepancies, from differences between information on paper – for example in platform design – and the reality offshore, to discovering material such as asbestos or NORM, which they weren’t told would be there.

By Liz Stewart, Partner

Proposed new rules, aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial properties which could have significant financial implications for owners of older buildings, have been published by the Scottish Government. The draft regulations – the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) – are scheduled to come into force on September 1, this year.

Employees at Stronachs LLP in Aberdeen have donated more than £9,000 to the ARCHIE Foundation, part of which is funding a makeover of a room for young patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH).

Staff at the full service law firm selected the ARCHIE Foundation as their nominated charity for 2015, with fundraising throughout the year going towards the cause. The firm also supports a variety of charities in addition to the cause chosen by staff members, including Children In Need, Friends of Anchor and North East Sensory Services (NESS).

By Ewan Neilson, Partner

Air travellers are used to captain’s warnings of the potential for turbulence – most are accustomed to considerable ups and downs, with crew and passengers remaining calm and arriving at their destination without the onset of panic.

There are however times when one or two can’t take the rocky ride in their stride and scream, unsettling everyone.

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