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Equity Release - a later life solution for you?

For those who are unfamiliar, equity release can offer a solution for people to cash in on their home while still living there. Aimed usually at those aged over 55 and above it can offer a means of borrowing money in the run up to and after retirement, using your... Read more

Is your child leaving home to start university?

As the new university term starts for another year, new undergraduates for the first time will have to learn how to cope living away from home and how to handle their finances. Read more

Neil Torrance - Raising funds for Charlie House

It would be wrong on many levels if the firm did not acknowledge the landmark commitment and achievement of our cycling enthusiast and fit ‘young’ partner, Neil Torrance in raising funds for Charlie House. Neil has completed two impressive tours this year, namely Scotland’s Ride the North and the European... Read more

Fishermen Urged to Obtain IMO Numbers Before Brexit

The IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme is an integral part of the shipping sector.  The scheme was introduced to improve maritime safety and security and to reduce maritime fraud.  Over the years the scheme has been extended to apply to more ships and it now applies to ships of 100... Read more

Buying a New Build?

The acquisition of a new build vessel is an aspiration for many fishermen and can represent the most expensive purchase they will ever make. It is therefore important that like the ship, the contract entered into for the transaction is absolutely watertight. Read more

Venture into that Venture

Shared ownership in a renewable energy project is any arrangement whereby the community (usually in the form of an already established body) invests in a renewable energy project.  There are a number of benefits to community involvement; communities can make decisions which impact them, it can provide employment opportunities and... Read more

Another Successful Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen

Now that the last Skipper Expo International to be held in the AECC has ended, it seems worthwhile to look back at this show and also to acknowledge the success of  the previous eight years of same.  That is testament to all the hard work and planning of Sharon Boyle... Read more

The Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (ILO188) – PFDs and More

The Regulations implementing the Work in Fishing Convention 2017 (ILO188), namely the Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) Regulations 2018 and Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2018 require fishermen to be given proper health and safety training and instruction before beginning duties on-board and/or if there... Read more

New Appointments

Mackinnons, Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Torrance as a partner to the firm and of Sarah Newnham as an associate, with effect from 1st January 2019. Read more

The Health & Safety Impact of ILO188 - Work in Fishing Convention 2007

The Convention, implemented into UK law on 31st December 2018 by the Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) Regulations 2018 and Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2018, was launched with the intention to widen protections available to those working on fishing vessels. Read more
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