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Completing the picture of who owns Scotland

Scotland can boast of having the oldest national register of land and property ownership in the world. But the General Register of Sasines, which celebrates its 400th birthday this year, is now being phased out and replaced by the modern Land Register of Scotland.

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Court Ruling a Victory for Cohabiting Couples’ Rights

The Supreme Court has ruled that a woman should be entitled to a survivor’s pension from her deceased cohabiting partner’s pension scheme.

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Property Prices and Mortgage Lending Both Rise

Registers of Scotland (RoS) and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have both published figures revealing recent levels of activity in the housing market, both in Scotland and the UK as a whole.

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Shortage of Houses Continues to Pose Problems

A lack of properties coming onto the housing market is continuing to prove problematic, according to the latest Residential Market Survey by RICS.

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Failure to Facilitate Contact a Breach of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the failure of Polish courts to take all appropriate steps to facilitate contact between a father and his son was a breach of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Britain’s Most Expensive Streets

Scotland’s most expensive street is currently to be found in St Andrews, according to new research by Bank of Scotland. The Scores, which is in very close proximity to the town’s Old Course golf course, now has an average house price of £2,179,000.

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Changes to Law of Succession in Scotland

On 1st November last year, significant legal changes to the law on inheritance in Scotland came into force.

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Report Shines Spotlight on Step-Family Relationships

A recent report by charities Relate and Relationships Scotland have given an interesting insight into the relationships between step-parents and their stepchildren, and how these relationships compare to that of biological parents.

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Lenders Publish Latest UK Property Market Figures

The latest House Price Index from Halifax has revealed that UK house prices in the three months to November were 6.0% higher than in the same three months of 2015, and 0.8% higher than in the preceding quarter of 2016.

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Challenge to Will Reaches Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court is currently hearing a case that involves the interesting question of whether a parent should be required to make reasonable financial provision for their children in their will.

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Rise in Number of Powers of Attorney

The number of Powers of Attorney registered in England and Wales has more than trebled over the past five years and is set to exceed two million, according to new analysis by Old Mutual Wealth.

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UK to Opt In to European Cross-Border Family Law Measure

The UK Government has recently announced its intention to opt in to the European Commission’s proposal which repeals and replaces Regulation 2201/2003, also known as the Brussels IIa Regulation, on cross-border family matters.

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Shortage of Houses on the Market Pushes Up Prices

The UK has seen an increase in interest from prospective homebuyers for the second month in a row, according to RICS, with 10% more surveyors reporting a rise in demand from buyers during October than a fall.

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Inheritance Disputes around the World

Recent reports in the media have suggested that there has been a rise in the number of inheritance disputes going to court in the UK. These types of challenges are not unique to this country, and reports of them appear in news stories across the world.

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More Action Required to Increase Take-Up of Mediation

A UK Government policy aimed at promoting the use of mediation between separating couples in England has been labelled an ‘embarrassing failure’ by national family charity National Family Mediation (NFM). 

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McSherry Halliday continues to proudly support the Ayrshire Hospice


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Our Attendance at St Matthews Academy's Careers Fair


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UK Property Market Post Brexit

Recent research conducted by Which? Mortgage Advisers has given an interesting insight into the state of the UK property market 100 days after the Brexit decision.

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Many People Are Still Without a Will

As many as 59% of adults in the UK have not yet made a will, according to new research by Prudential and

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Fall at swimming pool leads to compensation as duty of care breached

Through our HM Connect referral network, McSherry Halliday clients can have access to specialist personal injury lawyers. A recent case saw the team represent a lady who suffered a terrible injury when she fell at a public swimming pool on tiles that were not fit for purpose.

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