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Stephen Webster

Grey area of lease law needs to be in black and white

Stephen Webster looks at what can happen when a rent agreement ends. This year, following an extensive stakeholder consultation exercise, the Scottish Law Commission (SLC) is expected to make important recommendations for the reform of six areas of Scots law…

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Another Good Year for Residential Property Sales

Property Sales Continue to Grow at Urquharts 2019 was another good year for residential property sales at Urquharts. According to the latest ESPC figures for the year, overall sales at Urquharts were up by 32% on 2018. The average selling…

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Part Time Property Manager Required

Location: Heriot Row, Edinburgh Contract Type: Permanent Salary: Dependent on experience An exciting opportunity for a highly motivated property manager. Urquharts is a well respected City Centre law firm looking for an enthusiastic property manager to join and develop our…

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Short term lets leading to changing regulations

As the song says, it’s all about the money as short term letting grows in popularity and landlord numbers rise. With the arrival of online businesses such as Airbnb through to householders renting out their spare room, unsurprisingly there have…

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Roderick Urquhart

Another good year for Urquharts

Edinburgh solicitors Urquharts, have reported another good year with increased turnover and profitability. The firm, which was founded in 1876, has six partners and four associates and operates in the heart of the New Town. It offers a range of…

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Proposed changes to Divorce Law in England and Wales

Changes are proposed to the current divorce law in England and Wales to end the existing system of establishing the breakdown of a marriage.  Divorce law in England and Wales has been largely unchanged for 50 years, leading to criticism…

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The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 is now in force.

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 is now in force.  It makes both psychological and physical domestic abuse specific criminal offences. If a person carries out a course of abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner which a ‘reasonable person’…

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Stephen Blane

Meet the Scottish lawyer who takes on negligent solicitors

Stephen Blane, Solicitor-Advocate, discusses the legal profession in Scotland with Scottish Business Insider to give a fascinating insight when things go wrong as a result of solicitors being negligent in their duties. In the article, Stephen discusses his role, why…

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Why are so many people not making wills

Scottish Business Insider, recently published an article by Sara Smith, partner at Urquharts, on the importance of making a will. In the article, Sara outlines some of the key milestones that often trigger the reason to make a will such…

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Stephen Blane

Stephen Blane’s membership of the Law Society of Scotland’s Pursuers’ Panel has been extended by another 5 years

Stephen Blane has had his membership of the Law Society of Scotland’s Pursuers’ Panel extended for another 5 years. Stephen has been a member of the panel since 2004 and in that time has developed a specialist practice in dealing…

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