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For over 170 years we have specialised in meeting the legal, financial and administrative needs of individuals and families, family trusts, charities and private companies.

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This blog follows on from my recent article in The Scotsman detailing the standard procedures in Scotland for changing your name, most commonly by way of Statutory Declaration.  It provides an overview of ‘alternative’ yet equally important methods of changing your name, focusing on the historic role of the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland, as well as the English equivalent of the College of Arms.

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Serving notice in a commercial lease or contract might appear straightforward.  However, mistakes are regularly made by the party serving notice, often resulting in cases being brought to Court to determine whether a notice has been validly served. This guide will address some common pitfalls and ways to mitigate the risks; it can be costly for the party seeking to rely on a notice to get it wrong. 

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In 2019/20 the Government plans to abolish the existing process for collecting Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NIC) and introduce a new scheme which will increase the percentage rate of Class 4 NIC paid by the self-employed on profits over a certain amount.

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We reported last month that the Scottish Government utilised its devolved powers in its most recent budget to make further changes to income tax rates in Scotland, and as a result there are now significant differences between the rates of income tax paid in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 

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