Estate Planning and Tax

February - March 2016


This seminar covered the field of succession, trusts, taxes in connection with these and similar matters in Scotland and beyond. There was a review of case law and statute, as well as coverage of material emanating from HMRC and other bodies - and some thinking about the direction of travel. As always, this seminar provided a vital review and preview for anyone working in the area


Our current programme of seminars taking place from October 2016 through to the middle of 2017 appear in the drop down list of the Seminars menu bar above.  Seminars from previous years are detailed below.  If you missed any and would like to buy the accompanying materials please email us at admin@edinburghlawseminars.co.uk
  • Contract Law Update 2016
  • Estate Planning and Tax 2016
  • Conveyancing: What Happened in 2015?

Conveyancing: What Happened in 2015?

​January - February 2016


For the twenty-fifth successive year, Professor Kenneth Reid and Professor George Gretton gave a comprehensive and indispensable review of the cases and statutory developments during the past 12 months which affected conveyancing law and practice.

In 2015, the Inner House gave important guidance as to when a title is, and is not, sufficient for the purposes of positive prescription. Interpretation of the Combined Standard Clauses, and withdrawal from contracts, were among the issues before the courts in respect of missives. The Inner House considered the pre-action requirements now needed for the calling up of standard securities. The topics covered in the many decisions on leases included irritancy, dilapidations, rent review, the effect of a tenant company being struck off, the withholding of consent to an assignation, and whether a tenant had the right to demolish the lease subjects and re-build. A number of further cases concerned tenancy deposit schemes. Other matters to attract the attention of the courts included options, servitudes, the variation and discharge of real burdens, land registration, encroachment, and the enforcement of common charges by a factor. Among the legislative developments were the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Act 2015, which introduced execution of documents in counterpart, and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. A new Land Reform Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

January - May 2016

Contract Law Update 2016

May 2016


This seminar covered:

  • All major decisions in Scotland in 2015/16
  • Significant cases from England in 2015/16
  • Important statutory developments
  • Upcoming legal reforms to be aware of


Particular focus was paid to the developing principles of interpretation of commercial contracts, including the repercussions of the Supreme Court case, Arnold v Britton [2015] UKSC 36.  


The speakers, Laura Macgregor and Lorna Richardson are experts in the field who combine academic depth with practical insight.

Contract Law Update

May 2015


Contract law is at the core of the work solicitors do. Whether you practise in property, construction, banking or employment law the common thread of your practice is contract law. You will deal with negotiating, drafting or entering into contracts on behalf of clients on a daily basis. Edinburgh University’s Contract Law Update provides a comprehensive overview of all important developments in this fundamental area of law.

The speakers, Laura Macgregor and Lorna Richardson are experts in the field who combine academic depth with practical insight.

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

March 2015


With no concessions to the possibilities for mockery enshrined in the date, Land and Buildings Transaction Tax came into effect on 1st April 2015.  The purpose of this seminar was to look at the substantive new law – what is the same and what is different (as compared to both old and new Stamp Duty Land Tax); what is included and what is (in some cases surprisingly) missing; some planning that may be appropriate and some that may not; and how to deal with the transition from the old to the new.  The speakers were Alan Barr and Isobel d’Inverno*, both of whom have been members of the Law Society of Scotland working party driving towards the implementation of the new tax. 


​*at selected seminars only; there may be other speakers for part.    

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Estate Planning and Tax

February - March 2015


Alan Barr and Sandra Eden covered the field of succession, trusts, taxes in connection with these and similar matters in Scotland and beyond. There was review of case law and statute, and coverage of material emanating from HMRC and other bodies - as well as some thinking about that uncertain future.

Conveyancing: What Happened in 2014?

​January - February 2015


For the twenty-fourth successive year, Professor Kenneth Reid and Professor George Gretton gave a comprehensive and indispensable review of the cases and statutory developments during the past 12 months which affected conveyancing law and practice. 


  • Contract Law
  • Land and Buildings Transaction Tax 
  • Land Registration: The New Law
  • Conveyancing: What Happened in 2014?
  • Estate Planning and Tax 2015

All fees include a copy of seminar notes and light refreshments at the venue.  Detailed joining instructions will be send by email approximately one week before the event.  Please check for any changes or updates to times or venues which sometimes vary from year to year.  

If you missed any of our seminars you can still purchase the accompanying materials. The cost of these are £40 per set. Simply email us with the name of the seminar and invoice address. 


If you'd like to speak to someone, or if you have any special dietary or accessibility requirements - just  drop us an email or give us a call.

Notes

Land Registration: The New Law

November 2014


The Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 came fully into force on Monday 8 December. Professor Kenneth Reid and Professor George Gretton were, successively, the Scottish Law Commissioners responsible for designing the new system. In this special three-hour seminar they provided authoritative guidance to the Act.

Questions?

November 2014 - May 2015