Have Tait Macleod broken the speed record for the sale of a Scottish property?
Our client received an offer to purchase his property on Monday 10th October. The property was sold with money and keys changing hands before 10am on Friday 14th Otober.
This process normally takes about four to six weeks in Scotland.
We were able to do this largely as a result of two factors. Firstly, neither party had a mortgage. In most cases at least one party is dealing with a lender which always involves more time given the additional work lenders have to undertake.
Secondly, the lawyers on each side applied their years of experience and common sense to conclude the deal. For instance, the buyer's lawyer didn't insist on seeing a coal mining report for a flat in the middle of Falkirk!!
I look forward to hearing if anyone can match or beat the unusual speed of this transaction.
In a move that is clearly designed to discourage vexatious litigants the George Osbourne has announced plans to introduce fees for Industrial Tribunals. The detail is still to be made available but looks like it will cost £250 to lodge a claim with a further £1000 payable once a hearing has been fixed.
This will almost certainly end in increased claims for costs by successful parties which will sadly make enforcement of legal rights a hazardous gamble at best for many people. It seems another way of marginalising the less well off unless the legal aid board steps in with funding.
We wait with baited breath....
Unusually, words fail me.
People will blame the lawyers but the real problem is the sentencing policy. A minimum four and a half years for the rape of a 16 year old - possibly twice the sentence for a racially aggravated breach of the peace or similar sectarian offence.
The link below takes you to the EHRC submission to the European Court of Human Rights for a determination of whether the Uk is applying the law in a way which protects religious freedom and prevents discrimination on religious grounds.
This area of law is fraught with difficutlties as different beliefs will conflict with each other from time to time and it's simply not possible to allow everyone full freedom. In my opinion it's a delicate balancing act which must show respect to everyone while allowing for each of us to hold to our own beliefs.
It'll be interesting to follow this case and its outcome. Whenever that might be!