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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interesting aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

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    Survivorship destinations

    Survivorship clauses (or special destination clauses) are conditions that commonly appear in the title of property held by two or more people, usually spouses. They are generally worded " the property is disponed to X and Y, equally between them, and to the survivor (or survivors) of them".

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    Mortgage shortfalls

    We are often asked to give advice on whether mortgage shortfalls i.e. the amount left due to a secured lender once a property has been repossessed and sold, should be classed as pre or post sequestration debts. If the debt is a pre sequestration debt then the debtor will be discharged of it on being discharged and the lender may submit a claim in the sequestration. If, on the other hand, it is a post sequestration debt then the lender is not entitled to submit a claim but may instead pursue the debtor for it.

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    Cross border recovery

    Although based in Glasgow, Harper Macleod's reach around the world continues to grow with our team involved in cases in almost every continent. In one case the debtor was domiciled in Scotland. The agent had been unable to identify any assets in Scotland and it appeared that there would be no recovery for creditors. It came to the agent's attention that the debtor was married to a wife who was domiciled in Canada. Although the family assets were in the wife's name, she decided to raise divorce proceedings in Vancouver. This meant that the debtor became entitled to make a claim against his wife for a share of the matrimonial assets. That entitlement to make a claim was an asset of the debtor and ,therefore, vested in the AiB. We arranged for lawyers in British Columbia to have the AiB made a party to the action and to then negotiate with the wife's agents. As a result, settlement terms were agreed and the wife paid the trustee CDN$140,000.

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    Site visit to Frenich Hydro

    While on secondment with Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), I had the opportunity to visit Frenich Hydro scheme in order to gain an understanding of the issues involved in hydro construction.