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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.

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Update

Carers represent the cornerstone of Scotland’s health and social care system. It is estimated that more than 788,000 people are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour in Scotland, this includes around 44,000 people under the age of 18. Together, they are estimated to provide care worth approximately £10bn every year. Despite the fundamental services provided by carers, they have previously received little recognition or governmental support, often resulting in increased social isolation and greater financial struggles, particularly in circumstances where fulltime employment cannot be balanced alongside caring responsibilities.

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Civil Litigation Bill Introduced to Scottish Parliament

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill, which aims to make civil justice more affordable and accessible for all, has been published in the Scottish Parliament.

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General Election 2017 – What the Politicians have to say about Employment Law

Elections, referendums and Brexit have seemed to dominate the news for the past few months (if not years!) and Thursday 8th June marks another day of voting in the UK: the 2017 General Election. All of the major parties have now released their manifestos highlighting there aims for the country over the coming years. These manifestos also give us an early indication of where employment law might go should their party be forming a government come Friday.

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Buying a house in 2017

In the first quarter of 2017 we have seen as continuation of the general trends of last year where a shortage of properties available for sale has created a sellers market. As a result of this, across Scotland as a whole the average selling price of a property is £138,821, representing a 3.1% year-on-year increase. Property prices in affluent areas in Glasgow’s outskirts, East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire, are set to rise by almost a quarter (23% and 22% respectively) over the next five years and across east central Scotland and Edinburgh the average property price is now £217,455, an increase of 5.7% from last year. Not only are house prices continuing to rise, selling times are continuing to decrease meaning that properties are remaining on the market for increasingly shorter windows of time.

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Buying a House in 2017

In the first quarter of 2017 we have seen as continuation of the general trends of last year where a shortage of properties available for sale has created a sellers market. As a result of this, across Scotland as a whole the average selling price of a property is £138,821, representing a 3.1% year-on-year increase. Property prices in affluent areas in Glasgow’s outskirts, East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire, are set to rise by almost a quarter (23% and 22% respectively) over the next five years and across east central Scotland and Edinburgh the average property price is now £217,455, an increase of 5.7% from last year. Not only are house prices continuing to rise, selling times are continuing to decrease meaning that properties are remaining on the market for increasingly shorter windows of time.

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