Devotees will recall that we published an update in February of this year when the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill was made public by the Scottish Government. The Bill has now been debated and was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2014.
The recent appeal court decision in Lormor House v Glasgow City Council has confirmed that a tenant of land exceeding two acres which is let from year to year must only give 40 days’ notice to terminate the lease.
From today, employers who are found to have breached equal pay law will be ordered by the employment tribunal to carry out and publish equal pay audits.
Too soon to be thinking about Christmas? Possibly not.
As many John Cleese fans will know, Mr Cleese is now on wife number four. Mr Cleese, who is best known for his roles in Fawlty Towers and Monty Python, has made it clear that his three divorces have had a significant financial impact on him, leaving him financially drained. His last failed marriage is believed to have cost him £12 million, including a payment of £600,000 a year for seven years, forcing him to consider creative ways of earning additional income.
The Finance Act 2014 introduced a number of tax reliefs which benefit companies owned by employee ownership trusts (EOTs). An EOT is a new form of employee benefit trust (EBT) which potentially offers a business succession solution for owner-managed businesses.
Towards the end of August, the final piece of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) puzzle was laid down with the publication of transitional regulations. They have been created partly to protect the past service benefits of members of the current LGPS. The LGPS (Transitional Provisions and Savings) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 supplement the main regulations which were published in June. They establish the ‘LGPS 2015’ scheme in place of the previous LGPS schemes as part of the public sector pension reforms which will change the future benefit structure in the LGPS from ‘final salary’ to ‘career average’.
As part of its ambitious low-carbon plans, the UK government is tackling both the supply of electricity (through its various subsidy regimes that support low carbon generation) and the demand for electricity.
The Scottish Government has announced new controls over the formation of tracks under permitted development (PD) rights. While PD rights for agricultural and forestry tracks will remain, it is proposed to introduce a prior notification and approval process later this year. This will give planning authorities greater control over the siting, design and appearance of tracks.