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Slowest growth in UK housing market in five years

UK house price growth in June slowed to the lowest rate since August 2013. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this slowdown was mainly affected by the falling prices in London, where properties dropped from 0.7% to a negative 0.2%. The recently released report shows an average house...

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Inheritance tax exceeds £5 billion for the first time

Recently released data from HM Revenue & Customs shows inheritance tax (IHT) for 2017-18 brought in £5.2 billion, up 8% from the previous tax year. What accounts for the rise? Property prices have continued to rise despite the fact the nil-rate band (NRB) – the value of a property which...

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Tribunals Bill welcomed by Justice Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has published its stage 1 report into the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill, in which it welcomes the proposals contained in the Bill and sets out a number of recommendations. The Bill is designed to create an improved system of independence and better quality of service for...

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Transnational Child Abduction Matters that the Hague Convention does not Cover

Family lawyers have significant experience providing clients with counsel regarding the ‘Hague Convention’ (The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction). However, in recent years, our clientele has become more frequently concerned with the ramifications of children being abducted from non-signatory countries to Scotland and returning to Scotland....

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