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Latest Articles

  • How to become a Family Lawyer with Jenny Smith

    How to become a Family Lawyer with Jenny Smith

    Jenny Smith, Partner and member of the Family Law team here at Harper Macleod LLP, recently took part in a live online discussion with Erin Bartley, a school-based careers adviser for Skills Development Scotland, to talk about how someone can get in to law and more specifically become a Family lawyer.

  • Rent reviews: have you removed your recourse to court in the event of a dispute?

    Rent reviews: have you removed your recourse to court in the event of a dispute?

    Rent reviews often trigger a squabble between tenants who are seeking the smallest of rises and landlords looking to maximise investment returns. Two recent court decisions give guidance on the circumstances in which an expert surveyor's decision is the end of the road and on when the ordinary rules of valuation are displaced by the lease provisions.

  • What are settlement agreements?

    What are settlement agreements?

    Settlement Agreements are often used to end an employment relationship and require an employee to take the advice of a solicitor before being legally binding. For individuals these often legalistic and lengthy documents can appear daunting. Here, we de-mystify some aspects of the documents.

  • Have contractors smashed and grabbed for the last time?

    Have contractors smashed and grabbed for the last time?

    In February 2018, the Technology and Construction Court in England (TCC) issued an important decision which signalled the end of the windfall effect of 'smash and grab' adjudications. That decision has now been confirmed by the Court of Appeal.