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The Bank of Mum and Dad

A report published recently for the BBC has shown the number of first time buyers relying on “the Bank of Mum and Dad” for financial help has now reached an all time high with more than one-third of home buyers in England depending upon family financial contribution. Read more

Well intended but perhaps not the best step to take...?"

Whether wanting to help a younger generation climb the property ladder or looking to minimise liability for care home fees, many clients are now contemplating transferring the family home out of their ownership. Read more

All change for Private Rented Tenancies

2017 will see a dramatic change in the legislation governing private residential tenancies in Scotland. Read more

Brexit, the housing market and our “wish list” for 2016

Despite UK membership of the EU, property law in Scotland has, over the years essentially remained “national” with minimal intervention at European level.  As a result Brexit should have little impact, at least upon the manner in which legal formalities in relation to domestic property are dealt with – property... Read more

Local Solicitors Lend a Hand

Mackinnons, Solicitors, with branch offices in Aboyne and in Cults, have volunteered to donate all fees generated from the provision of Notary Services  for the next six months to the Fund set up locally on Deeside for those affected by the recent tragic flooding.  Read more

PRIVATE HOUSING (TENANCIES)(SCOTLAND) BILL

The anticipated Private Housing (Tenancies)(Scotland) Bill outlining the proposals for a new tenancy regime in Scotland has now been published.  The Bill outlines a complete reform of the current regime making the biggest change to the Scottish landlord and tenant legislation in over 25 years. Read more

2015 is almost over....what will 2016 bring?

This year has been a challenging one on many levels for a large number of our clients especially those who are either employed in or in some way connected to the oil industry.  Not only have private individuals faced redundancy situations but many who have been fortunate to retain their... Read more

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax – New Scottish Tax Explained

Having acquired the power to introduce devolved taxes, the Scottish Parliament has now introduced two new taxes, one of them being Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). It replaces Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and will be administered by a new tax authority – Revenue Scotland. Read more

Land and Buildings Tax - Latest Update

Incredibly, it would seem that the Scottish Finance Secretary is on the brink of announcing a revisal to the new bands and rates of the Scottish Government’s Land and Buildings Tax due to come into force on 1st April 2015, replacing the UK stamp duty tax. Read more

“All change” with new Property Tax

Unveiled by Finance Secretary John Sweeney the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) will come into effect on 1st April 2015 replacing the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  The devolved tax will be collected by Revenue Scotland and it is expected that it will bring in an estimated £558... Read more

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The Force of a Jurisdiction Clause

An Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently considered the issue of where an employee habitually works and the impact of a “choice of jurisdiction” clause in the employee’s contract.  When issuing his opinion on the meaning of the “place where the employee habitually carries out his work”...

Mackinnons - Through the years

Our records show that the first office of Lachlan McKinnon, Advocate, opened its doors in 1842 at 54 Union Street, Aberdeen.

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