Leading legal and estate agency firm Miller Hendry sponsors Tug o’ War event at Crieff Highland Gathering for second year

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Miller Hendry has been roped in as the official Tug o’ War sponsor at next month’s Crieff Highland Gathering which takes place in the town’s Market Park on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

The leading legal and estate agency firm – which has a branch in the town’s Comrie Street - has enjoyed a close association with the Strathearn capital showpiece after generously supporting the popular event in 2016.

John Thom, Miller Hendry’s Chairman, said: “Miller Hendry is delighted to continue our association with Crieff Highland Gathering by sponsoring the Tug o’ War competition for the second year in a row. It is a fantastic event and everyone in the firm is very much looking forward to what will be an exciting contest.

Posted 19/07/17

Audrey Hepburn memorabilia wrangle highlights importance of making a concise Will says Tayside solicitor Caroline Fraser

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Failing to draft a clear and concise Will can tear families apart and spark years of expensive legal wrangling, warns private client expert Caroline Fraser.

Ms Fraser, a partner at Tayside legal firm Miller Hendry, was reacting to the news that the long-running feud between Audrey Hepburn’s two sons appears to be at an end.

The Breakfast At Tiffany’s star left a £77 million fortune and a treasure trove of memorabilia which included items such as photos, iconic outfits, her personal wardrobe, classic posters, famous scripts, and awards. Although the collection was to be split 50/50 between Sean Ferrer and his half-brother Luca Dotta, her handwritten Will did not stipulate who should receive which items.

Posted 19/07/17

Miller Hendry announces promotions in Perth and Dundee

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Leading Tayside legal and estate agency firm Miller Hendry has made two promotions at its Perth and Dundee offices.

Mhairi Cage has been promoted to Associate in the Private Client department after six years with the firm having started with the firm as a trainee in 2010. Based in Miller Hendry’s Perth office, she studied law at the University of Glasgow, graduating with 1st Class Honours, before completing the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Dundee in 2009. 

Mhairi deals with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Executries, Guardianships, Inheritance Tax Planning, Trusts and Charities.  

Meanwhile, Lyndsey Foggarty has been promoted to Associate in the Commercial department in Dundee after six years with the firm also having started with the firm as a trainee in 2010. 

Posted 19/07/17

Private parking fines ARE enforceable warns Tayside solicitor

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Tayside motorists who ignore fines from private parking firms, believing them to be unenforceable, do not have the law on their side.

That’s the view of Aileen Scott, Associate Solicitor at Miller Hendry, who warned local drivers to be on their guard when parking on private land. 

Her advice comes in the wake of two landmark cases which saw judges both north and south of the border rule that private parking fines are legally enforceable. 

Posted 19/07/17

Royal grief revelations help eradicate mental health stigma in the workplace

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News that high street retail giant John Lewis has taken a £36m hit to profits to cover potential back payments to staff has thrown a spotlight on the pitfalls of breaching National Minimum Wage rules.

And it looks likely that accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage will continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity, saying there is no single key to unlocking every case.

Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have affected major retailers like John Lewis and Tesco, while others have been waiting for an employment tribunal decision on when sleeping night shift staff are eligible for the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Posted 20/06/17

John Lewis £36m back pay bill highlights pitfalls of breaching National Minimum Wage regulations

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News that high street retail giant John Lewis has taken a £36m hit to profits to cover potential back payments to staff has thrown a spotlight on the pitfalls of breaching National Minimum Wage rules.

And it looks likely that accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage will continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity, saying there is no single key to unlocking every case.

Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have affected major retailers like John Lewis and Tesco, while others have been waiting for an employment tribunal decision on when sleeping night shift staff are eligible for the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Posted 20/06/17

When tweets become twibels … Tayside employers must face up to the social media challenge


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The recent Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins libel action highlighted once again the legal minefield surrounding the use of social media.

The English courts awarded food blogger Jack Monroe £24,000 damages, plus legal costs, after controversial columnist Katie Hopkins fired off two tweets suggesting Ms Monroe approved of defacing a war memorial.

Although the law is different in Scotland, there are important lessons to be learned for businesses north of the border.

Alan Matthew, partner at Tayside-based solicitors Miller Hendry, said: “Correctly used, social media can bring enormous business benefits – enhancing your brand, boosting your profile and even winning new customers. But irresponsible use can have far-reaching consequences, ruining careers and even lives.

Posted 10/05/17

Tayside families could lose out after inheritance claims

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Record numbers of inheritance disputes are going through the courts as modern family structures and rising house prices push more people to contest unfavourable outcomes.

Two recent high profile English cases – which have implications in Scotland - have seen families losing out after legal action. 

The English courts gave judgements in the cases of an estranged daughter who challenged her mother’s will after discovering she had been excluded, and two brothers who ran up fees totalling more than their entire inheritance by disputing a stepmother’s share of their father’s estate. 

Posted 02/05/17

Miller Hendry’s £4645 boost for Will Aid scheme

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Tayside solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry have raised £4645 for charity after taking part in the latest Will Aid campaign.

Anthony McVeigh, from the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) ,visited the firm on Monday (April 24) to present partners and staff with a certificate to thank them for their support. 

The big-hearted firm – which has offices in Dundee, Perth and Crieff – has taken part in Will Aid every year since 1996 and, in that time, has raised a whopping £79,503 

Posted 25/04/17

What does Europe’s workplace headscarf ban mean for employers in Tayside?

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A local employment law expert from solicitors Miller Hendry has claimed employers in Tayside CAN ban women from wearing Islamic head scarfs.

Europe’s top court has ruled that it is not direct discrimination for companies and organisations to stop employees from wearing the hijab or any other religious and political symbols.

But any ban must be based on internal company rules that require all employees to "dress neutrally", said the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg.

Posted 25/04/17

Don’t miss out on new Inheritance Tax perk ahead of the new tax year, warns Miller Hendry legal expert


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Individuals throughout Tayside could miss out on tax breaks if they fail to review their wills and investments ahead of major changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) law early next month.

That’s the warning from Ernest Boath, Head of Private Client at Miller Hendry Solicitors and Estate Agents, who advises: “As the end of the tax year approaches, it’s a good time to make sure you’re maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs.

Posted 29/03/17

Residential tenancy shake-up under the microscope as top Tayside solicitor briefs Dundee Solicitors’ CPD group  


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A leading Tayside solicitor will brief legal professionals on major changes to the law surrounding residential tenancies this week.

Jeffrey Hope, Managing Partner and property law expert at Miller Hendry Solicitors and Estate Agents, has been confirmed as guest speaker to Dundee Solicitors’ prestigious Continuing Professional Development (CPD) group on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, which comes into force later this year, looks set to shake-up Scotland’s private rental sector by introducing new rules for landlords and tenants.

Posted 27/03/17

Scotland's tenants and landlords braced for major shake-up

Scotland's tenants and landlords braced for major shake-up

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Is the 80s’ dream of universal home ownership finally over?

A perfect storm of soaring house prices, job insecurity and no access to a deposit means buying your own home is no longer an affordable option for a growing number of Scots. 

Posted 23/03/17

Tayside property owners warned of Scottish Land Register change as KIR goes live in Dundee postcodes

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A Scottish Government project to create a map-based, publicly-available Land Register by 2024 could have major financial implications for Tayside property owners.

That’s the opinion of Alistair Duncan, a property law expert at Tayside Solicitors and Estate Agents, Miller Hendry, who has been weighing up the pros and cons, now that an integral part of the initiative has gone live in some Dundee and Angus postcodes (including Broughty Ferry and Monifieth).

Posted 14/03/17

Celebrity Deaths Highlight Inheritance Tax Woes

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The recent series of shocking celebrity deaths - including Harry Potter star Sir John Hurt in late January - are a timely reminder that everyone should make solid financial plans before they pass away.

It has emerged that David Bowie left his $100m estate to his wife, Iman, and his two children. Carrie Fisher's $25million fortune will go to the Star Wars alumni's daughter Billie Lourde through a trust, while Wham legend George Michael's big sister Melanie will receive the bulk of his £105 million fortune.

Posted 06/02/17

Red light for roads’ bosses in tribunal case

Red Light for Roads' Bosses in Tribunal Case

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The stark warning comes from Tayside solicitors’ firm Miller Hendry in the wake of a recent Employment Tribunal case in England, where an employer was found to have failed to facilitate breaks – even though the employee in question hadn’t asked for one!

Posted 30/01/17

Grandparents help cash-strapped millennials onto housing ladder

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Cash-strapped millennials are getting a helping hand onto the property ladder thanks to their big-hearted grandparents.

Members of the older generation are increasingly choosing to leave all or part of their estates to their grandchildren so they can afford to buy a home of their own.

Posted 25/01/17

Bosses braced for ‘thundersnow’ sicknotes as storms batter Tayside


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Tayside employers worried about the impact this week’s forecasted ‘thundersnow’ storms may have on their business are urged to check out an online guide published by solicitors firm Miller Hendry.

Responding to an increase in enquiries about how small businesses should prepare for the winter season, employment law expert Alan Matthew has written the informative guidance document.

Posted 12/01/17

It’s the thought that counts: why firms need to be wary of being generous at Christmas

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Local solicitors, Miller Hendry, have this week issued a timely warning to firms who are planning to splash out on some festive generosity to ensure they don’t fall foul of the Bribery Act.

The Bribery Act ushered in a stricter anti-corruption regime when it came into force in 2011 and although Christmas gifts and hospitality are not banned, it’s important that companies don’t splash out too much as they may end up in deep water with over-generous Christmas gifts

Posted 13/12/16

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Miller Hendry solicitor and family law expert Richard Frenz receives specialist accreditation

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Richard Frenz, a lawyer with Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry, has been given one of The Law Society of Scotland’s highest accolades for being an expert in family law.

Richard has been deemed an accredited specialist in the area of family law, one of just 500 accredited specialists in 28 specialisms across Scotland. 

Posted 28/10/16

Time for employers to change with the times when it comes to workplace dress codes, solicitors firm warns

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Workplace dress codes: they’re no longer about ties and skirt lengths, they extend to religious headgear, tattoos and more. And with such a complicated set of factors, it’s time employers took a good look at their rules and changed with the times, says Tayside solicitors firm Miller Hendry.

Posted 25/10/16

Local solicitors’ firm walks the length of Britain – virtually

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Teams from Miller Hendry’s offices in Crieff and Dundee walked more than 900 miles - the same distance as John O’Groats to Land’s End - as part of The ARCHIE Foundation’s Virtual Challenge, which ran throughout the month of September. Money raised through sponsorship will go towards the Foundation and its programme of funding children’s hospitals in Tayside, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Posted 04/10/16

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5 hidden signs of sex discrimination in the workplace

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Female workers could be suffering sex discrimination without even realising it, according to solicitors’ firm Miller Hendry. And with gender bias and women’s rights hitting the news headlines, the Tayside firm is advising both employees and bosses to be vigilant.

Posted 10/09/16

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Local solicitors’ firm steps it up this September with virtual walk across Britain

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Teams from Miller Hendry’s offices in Crieff and Dundee are taking part in a challenge to run or walk the same distance as John O’Groats to Land’s End as part of The ARCHIE Foundation’s Virtual Challenge, which runs throughout the month of September. Money raised through sponsorship will go towards the Foundation and its programme of funding children’s hospitals in Tayside, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Posted 07/09/16

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Blog: Are your rights being limited by Pokémon Go’s terms and conditions?


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With people walking into on-coming traffic, teenagers stranded out at sea in Somerset and Holocaust landmarks protesting being taken over by PokéStops, it seems like it is only a matter of time before legal action is taken against Pokémon Go’s creator Niantic. But best to read the fine print first, writes Rachel Irvine.


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How to keep your cool in the office when temperatures soar


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As the country gets ready for a last-minute bout of summer heat, employers should be taking a good look at temperatures inside the office, says Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

Those heading to work as temperatures soar may well be asking themselves: How hot is too hot? And that applies to commutes to work, as well as the workplace.


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In today’s sharing economy, do we share the same views on workers’ rights?

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With the success of ride hailing app Uber – a pioneer of the new ‘sharing economy’ – comes a conundrum, according to Tayside solicitor and estate agent Miller Hendry: What happens when society doesn’t share the concept of workers’ rights?


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Blog: When it comes to family wills, make sure they’re clear and up to date

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They say family and money don’t mix, and a recent Court of Session decision in Edinburgh proves it, writes Caroline Fraser.

The decision centred around a man’s claim that he was entitled to a share of his late mother-in-law’s estate because he had loaned her money to help buy her property.


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Tougher new copyright law means extra protection for designers against rip-offs


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A strict new copyright law will ensure extra protection for artists and designers from those attempting to rip off their designs, says Tayside solicitors and property agents Miller Hendry.

The law, which extends design copyright from 25 to 70 years, is aimed at preventing people and businesses producing replicas and knock-offs of the work of artists and designers.

Posted: 12/08/16

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Blog: Pokémon Go may be a cultural sensation but it’s also a legal headscratcher


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The augmented reality game Pokémon Go may have taken over the public consciousness but it is creating serious questions around the issues of privacy and property, writes Rachel Irvine.

The cultural sensation that is crashing servers, topping download charts, losing people off cliffs and generating plenty of news headlines is also directly affecting homeowners and dwellers, as well as business owners. Not only is there a privacy issue but there are question marks over the virtual space around a building and who, if anyone, owns it.

Posted: 04/08/16

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UK firms face tough EU-wide data protection rules, despite Brexit

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British firms are facing tough EU-led rules on data protection, and that’s despite the Brexit vote, warns Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

A major milestone in EU data protection law was marked when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted just before the EU Referendum. The legislation, which was set to replace the UK’s 1998 Data Protection Act, marks a tough new era in EU-wide data protection. It includes new powers for data regulators and much stricter operating boundaries for businesses processing personally identifiable information about individuals

Posted: 03/08/16

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Miller Hendry associates promoted to partners

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Two of Miller Hendry's associates have been promoted to partners as the Tayside based solicitors and estate agents strengthen their team. Caroline Fraser & Donnie Macleod.

John Thom, Chairman of Miller Hendry, said:

'The promotions of Caroline and Donnie to partners are well deserved and we offer them our hearty congratulations. We very much look forward to working alongside them in their new roles as we continue to develop and strengthen the firm.'

Posted: 04/07/16

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Lifting the lid on tricky toilet problems 


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A drop in public toilets and a rise in gender discrimination issues are causing a stink for businesses.

When the public toilets in the small Perthshire town of Blairgowrie were threatened with closure, it wasn’t long before locals were up in arms.

A public outcry, together with the support of local councillors and John Swinney MSP, resulted in an about-turn and a decision to keep the toilets in the centre of town open

Posted: 21/06/16

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When a ban on Muslim dress may not be discrimination at all


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Are there instances when employers can legally ban the wearing of Muslim headscarves in the workplace?

Although on the face of it such a ban may seem wrong, and certainly controversial, the answer is that it can sometimes be allowed, says Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

Posted: 20/06/16

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Solicitors’ firm turns wills into charity effort

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Proving that where there’s a will there’s an opportunity for charity, Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry is celebrating a highly successful collaboration with the campaign Will Aid – one that ranks the firm among the top fundraisers in Scotland.

Posted: 12/05/16

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When banking with mum and dad, beware of the pitfalls


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Borrowing from the Bank of Mum and Dad is all very well but home buyers need to be aware of the pitfalls when they tap their relatives for cash, says Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

Posted: 04/05/16

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The Panama Papers case has cyber security implications too

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The so-called Panama Papers affair has implications beyond tax affairs, to cyber security in business, warns Tayside solicitors Miller Hendry.

Businesses of all sizes should learn a lesson from the largest leak in history and treat their cyber security with the same stringency as their legal, regulatory, financial or operational functions, said Miller Hendry’s legal team.

Posted: 21/04/16

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Religion in the workplace case should be a warning to employers

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A ruling last week surrounding a spat between a Christian and a Muslim in their workplace should serve as a warning to employers, according to Tayside solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

The case highlights the issue of different faiths in the workplace, and the inherent possibilities of discrimination claims, warned Miller Hendry’s employment law team.

Posted: 14/04/16

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Shake-up in Scottish Income Tax rules, but business as usual for taxpayers


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Scottish taxpayers will see a new tax code appearing on their payslips from this week as the Scottish Parliament sets income tax levels for the first time.

But while the new Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) marks a major change politically, it shouldn’t be too taxing for the people paying it. Taxpayers north of the border can rest assured that their rates and methods of payment will remain the same, according to Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

Posted: 13/04/16

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New National Living Wage takes effect on April 1 for workers aged 25 and over

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The compulsory National Living Wage takes effect on 1 April 2016, although companies could be forgiven for not noticing, says Tayside based solicitors and estate agents Miller Hendry.

The National Living Wage (NLW) has been making headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government’s target of £9 per hour by 2020 has overshadowed the detail. That has left many businesses unaware of the transitional deadlines and new penalties now in place, according to Miller Hendry.

Posted: 01/04/16

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Broadband a new property must as homeowners’ needs change

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Access to the Internet has become a high priority for house hunters as leisure activities shift, according to a survey just out. A good, reliable broadband connection – one strong enough for streaming films and TV - ranks above a TV signal and having enough space for a flatscreen TV, says the survey of house hunter must-haves by gocompare.com.

Posted: 28/03/16

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Mandela's Legacy

Employers Warned to Prepare for Vounteering Surge

Not Paying Minimum Wage Could Cost You £20,000

Could Company Day Out Land You a Prison Sentence

Tribunal Fees Are Here to Stay (At Least for Now)

Demand for Divorce Information Surges as Festive Period Dawns

Miller Hendry Commended for Customer Service

Sky Pushed to its Limits With Microsoft's Cloudy Branding Stunt

Miller Hendry Shortlisted for Customer Service Award

Dunning Man Scoops Prize in Miller Hendry Competition

Dundee Properties Selling Like Hotcakes

Keeping it Professional: Who Owns Your Firm's Social Relationships

Miller Hendry Awarded LawNet Mark of Excellence

Caught in the (Public) Act?

Government's Gift Horse Turns Out to be a Trojan

Zero Hours Guidance for Local Firms

Zero Hours Contracts

Dundee Fares Well in Affordability Guide

Generous to a Fault

We're All Going On A Summer Holiday

Strawberry Tea a Sweet Charity Success

Dundee Lawyer Collects Award for Estate Planning

Mechanic Severs His Chance of Pointing Finger

Employee Shareholder Status

Verdant Works

Just Talking? Don't Bank on it

Summer Work Placement? Be Careful

Landlord Update: Tenant Information Pack

Is Home-working Working?

2012 And Earlier

Miller Hendry Tops Scotland's Will Aid Fundraising League

Dundee Lawyer STEPs Forward with Top Marks

Ageing is Not About Age, it's About People

HMRC to Recoup Unpaid Capital Gains Tax

Kit Sponsorship Keeps COG Velo on the Straight and Narrow

Whose Email is it Anyway?

HM Revenue & Customs Reveal and Increase in Inheritance Tax Receipts

Property is Key to Unlocking Quicker Separations

Landmark Ruling Opens Way to Change in Workplace Policies on Religion

Fees in Employment Tribunals

Tayside Employers to be Wary of European Human Rights Challenge

Last Chance for Your Will to Make a Difference

Closing Pandora's Box

Will Aid 2012: Make a Difference

Caroline Fraser: STEP Success

Sick Leave During Holidays

Update-Devolved Taxation in Scotland

Landlord Tax Evasion

OSCR - The Secondee's Perspective

Incentive for Charitable Legacies

Faulty Wills Lead To Big Inheritance Tax Bills

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