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Latest Articles

  • Step-parent adoption in Scotland: what you need to know

    Step-parent adoption in Scotland: what you need to know

    Step-parent adoptions now make up around 20% of all adoptions in Scotland. However for many prospective step-parent adopters, the legal procedure can be daunting and confusing. That's why our family lawyers have put together the answers to some frequently asked questions which a step-parent contemplating adoption should be aware of before embarking on their journey.

  • What happens in Scotland if you die without a Will?

    What happens in Scotland if you die without a Will?

    If you die without leaving a Will and you have a partner to whom you are not married or in a civil partnership with, they will not be automatically entitled to any part of your estate.  If you have no Will however, they can apply to the court to ask them to consider a discretionary financial award under the current legislation.

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    A rollercoaster year for renewables in Scotland

    David Bone, head of the award-winning Energy & Natural Resources at Harper Macleod LLP, is one of Scotland’s leading renewable energy lawyers. Here, he looks back on a rollercoaster year for the industry in Scotland.

  • Foul play on the agency front

    Foul play on the agency front

    Proceedings by a football agent alleging breach of contract and wrongful inducement, illustrate the interplay of the ordinary law and particular sport-specific rules