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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Commercial Landlords and Water Charges: What Do You Need To Know?

The Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 (which brought into force sections 20A to 20D of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005) requires all commercial property owners to inform their licensed water or sewerage supplier of any change in occupancy at a premises and when the property becomes vacant. A key point is that as of 1st January 2017, if a commercial property owner fails, without reasonable excuse, to inform the property’s water provider of a change in occupation, the owner becomes jointly and severally liable with the occupier for any charges that may become due. The risk to owners is that they may grant a lease to a new tenant company, which becomes bankrupt after a year.  If the owner did not inform the water provider of the new tenant, the water company can look to the owner for the costs that the tenant should pay.  In this example the owner would likely be stuck having to pay the costs, given that the tenant company has become bankrupt.

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Succession and The Family Business

We all know that it can be upsetting when a member of your family dies but if that person dies without leaving a Will and was also running the family business then this can have disastrous consequences for the business. In those circumstances and without forward planning, family wealth could easily be eroded. Good planning goes far beyond the presence of a simple Will and requires careful consideration and monitoring.

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Whiplash claims are the highest personal injury claim, according to new figures

The Ministry of Justice registered just over 850,000 personal injury claims for 2017/18. According to statistics, 63.75% (541,875) of these claims related to whiplash in connection with a road traffic accident. Although the rate of road accidents has decreased over the years, and cars have higher safety ratings, the level of claims relating to whiplash has remained stable.

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Return to Service: Maternity lessons from the world of tennis

As Serena Williams continues her comeback from maternity leave at the U.S. Open, the debate about her treatment as a new mother returning to work rages on.

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