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Move beyond the Collection Tin … make Charitable Giving work for you too

Karen Oliver, Senior Associate in our Private Client team, is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin.  She looks at Charitable Giving and the potential benefits - both for recipient and the donor. 

As of today, 1 June 2021, amendments to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 by the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 allow mixed sex couples in Scotland to enter a civil partnership.

By virtue of the 2004 Act, two people of the opposite sex have not previously been eligible to register in Scotland as civil partners of one another.

This has, however, changed. Prospective mixed sex civil partners are able to submit a notice of intention to enter a mixed sex civil partnership to their local registrar from 1 June.

Claims across borders post-Brexit: time to re-think how you’re going to enforce your contracts

Robert McDiarmid, head of Dispute Resolution is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin and thinks it's time to seriously look at 'arbitration'.  

Changes to law on “pre-packs” wide of the mark?

The term “pre-pack” is used when a company is put into administration and its business and/or assets immediately sold by the administrator under a sale that was arranged before the administrator was appointed.  The main criticisms of pre-packs centre around a lack of transparency and fairness ...

From a simple For Sale sign to Virtual Design - 30 years in the property sector

Jacqui Dougray, estate agency manager, features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and talks us through changes she has witnessed within the residential property market. 

Where there’s a Will … or a Court Order … there’s a Way : Provision for Cohabitants on Death

What is the Issue?

The number of couples choosing to cohabit without marrying or entering a civil partnership has continued to rise in recent years. As a result, it is important to be aware of the legal position of cohabitants under Scots law, particularly as there has been some public confusion on the matter.

Is flexibility the key to your future?

Jaclyn Russell, partner and head of our Private Client team, features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and explores alternative options that may give familes more flexibility when considering what they want to happen to their assets after their death.  A subject that many would prefer not to deal with and frequently is still put off until it's too late. 

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“the Act”) came into force on 26 June 2020. The main objective of the Act was to amend insolvency and company law in order to support companies through the coronavirus pandemic.

The Act introduced a mix of permanent and temporary changes to the restructuring, insolvency and corporate governance regime in the UK.  The permanent changes, the moratorium and restructuring plans, focus on an effort to encourage the restructuring of companies in the hope that they can be rescued. Whereas the temporary measures are a form of crisis control introduced in order to try and curb the immediate impact of the pandemic by restricting debt recovery tools during what was seen at that point as the critical time for companies suffering as a direct result of the constraints on business. 

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