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More homes on the market as selling prices rise in East Central Scotland

The Scottish property market continues to buck wider UK housing market trends again this month as ESPC reports an increase in properties brought to market and the average selling price of homes across east-central Scotland compared to last year.

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Campaigners seek to scrap adoption age limit

Last month, the Public Petitions Committee in the Scottish Parliament received evidence from a campaign group seeking to extend adoption rights to people over the age of 18.

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Domestic abuse victims increasingly refused right to stay in the UK

Recent reports have shown that the refusal rate for DVA (Domestic Violence and Abuse) victims applying to stay in the UK has more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 since the government announced their intentions to put in place more measures against illegal immigration.

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The Scottish Government Rental Reforms Impact the Letting Sector

In the last three months, sales of rental property have been five times that of purchases of property by landlords. Recent findings from the National Landlords Association (NLA) have shown that almost a quarter (24%) of landlords with properties in Scotland have sold between April and June 2018, but only 5% have purchased new properties.

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How was Islamic Marriage Previously Recognised in England and Wales?

A landmark hearing in the high court of London on 31st July 2018 declared an Islamic marriage falls into the territory of English matrimonial law, a decision that could have massive implications for hundreds of Muslim women throughout the UK.

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Restricting Civil Partnerships to Same-Sex Couples Breaches Human Rights

The Supreme Court has recently ruled that the UK Government’s ban on civil partnerships for different-sex couples in England and Wales is discriminatory and in breach of human rights. 

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Scottish Second Steppers are More Financially Independent

Homeowners in Scotland are apparently less reliant on their parents for financial assistance in moving up to the second rung of the property ladder than in the rest of the UK, new research has revealed. 

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Organisations Publish Responses to IHT Review

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recently closed its call for evidence on people’s experiences and perceptions of Inheritance Tax

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Analysis Reveals Risk Factors for Partner Abuse

A recent publication from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed which groups of women are most at risk of experiencing partner abuse

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Housing Market Remains Relatively Subdued

The average house price in the UK stood at £224,439 over the three months May, according to the latest House Price Index from Halifax. This is 1.9% higher than in the same period last year. On a monthly basis, prices rose by 1.5% in May, which has partially reversed the 3.1% monthly decline experienced in April. 

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Research Reveals Worrying Attitudes toward Financial Protection

Royal London has recently published its second State of the Protection Nation report, which looks at public attitudes towards financial protection products and levels of take up across Britain. 

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Controversial Divorce Case Reaches Supreme Court

The highly publicised contested-divorce case, Owens v Owens, has now been heard by the UK’s Supreme Court. 

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Increase in Sales of Million Pound Homes

The property market, and particularly property sales, has remained relatively subdued over the past twelve months, however one sector of the market that has seen an increase in activity is sales of high-end properties. 

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Rise in Numbers Considering Leaving a Charitable Bequest

There are a number of important reasons why all adults should have a valid and up-to-date will in place. 

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Court of Justice Considers Grandmother’s Right of Access to Grandchild

An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has given his opinion in a case concerning the rights of grandparents to see their grandchildren. 

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Help to Buy Scheme to Run For a Further Two Years

Scotland’s Help to Buy scheme, which assists people to buy a new-build home without needing to provide a large deposit, is to be extended beyond 2019, the Scottish Government has announced. 

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Inheritance Expectations Increase but Confusion about IHT Remains

Recent research has found that rising stock markets and increased property values have contributed significantly to personal wealth in recent years, which in turn has led to an expectation of substantial inheritances amongst many individuals. 

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Couples in Dispute over Divorce Jurisdictions

When couples who live an international life-style take the decision to separate, the question of which county’s court system should hear their divorce can sometimes become hotly contested. 

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Property Index Reveals Latest Scottish Property Market Statistics

The latest UK House Price Index has revealed that house prices across the UK as a whole increased by an average of 5.2% in the year to December 2017. The annual growth rate has apparently slowed since mid-2016 but has remained broadly around 5% during 2017. 

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Research Reveals Rise in Equity Release Lending

New figures from the Equity Release Council show that equity release activity in the fourth quarter of 2017 was at the highest recorded level since 2002. 

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