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Property under Lockdown – What it means when you are buying or selling

Moving home under normal circumstances can be a very stressful time. Those involved in property sales or purchases when the current Covid 19 restrictions were put in place, including property solicitors, found themselves in uncharted waters with very little clear…

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COVID-19 and Commercial Leases – New Law to Protect Tenants in Scotland

Introduction The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 came into force on 6 April 2020 (the date of Royal Assent). In relation to commercial leases, the Act gives tenants under commercial leases in Scotland additional protection from irritancy (i.e. forfeiture or termination).…

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Alison Grandison joins Urquharts as Partner

Edinburgh based solicitors Urquharts, are delighted to announce that Alison Grandison has joined the practice as a Partner. Alison has spent the last 5 years as a Senior Associate with Simpson & Marwick Property. She qualified as a solicitor in…

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What do you do when you think your solicitor has failed you?

I suspect that most people know that if they think they might have a claim to pursue, whether that is arising out of an accident at work or problems with a builder, they should speak to a solicitor. But do…

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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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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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