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  • Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016: does the Act apply to your organisation?

    Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016: does the Act apply to your organisation?

    On 12 March 2018, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force. The Act was introduced with the intention of bringing greater openness and transparency around lobbying Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Any organisations who are likely to have any face-to-face contact with MSPs, Members of the Scottish Government, junior Scottish Ministers, special advisers or the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government should register with the Lobbying Register.

  • Public Procurement Thresholds set to increase in 2018

    Public Procurement Thresholds set to increase in 2018

    The EU Directive on procurement in respect of the thresholds for awarding contracts has been amended. The current procurement financial thresholds - governing which contract opportunities must be advertised - are set to increase with effect from 1 January 2018.

  • When is a Homeowner not a Homeowner?

    When is a Homeowner not a Homeowner?

    The first decision of the Upper Tribunal for Scotland, which hears appeals from the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) has provided useful guidance on the definition of a "homeowner" under the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011. The decision of Shields and Blackley -v- Housing and Property Chamber, applies a wide definition of homeowner to include those who no longer own the property in question.