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By James Downie, Partner

Contractors who want to get a slice of the long-anticipated deluge of decommissioning work in the North Sea need to be aware their contracts should cater for unknowns which, if not addressed properly, could see their profits from these jobs suppressed or wiped out. A specialist contractor taking on work as part of a decommissioning project may discover discrepancies, from differences between information on paper – for example in platform design – and the reality offshore, to discovering material such as asbestos or NORM, which they weren’t told would be there.

By Liz Stewart, Partner

Proposed new rules, aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial properties which could have significant financial implications for owners of older buildings, have been published by the Scottish Government. The draft regulations – the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) – are scheduled to come into force on September 1, this year.

Employees at Stronachs LLP in Aberdeen have donated more than £9,000 to the ARCHIE Foundation, part of which is funding a makeover of a room for young patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH).

Staff at the full service law firm selected the ARCHIE Foundation as their nominated charity for 2015, with fundraising throughout the year going towards the cause. The firm also supports a variety of charities in addition to the cause chosen by staff members, including Children In Need, Friends of Anchor and North East Sensory Services (NESS).

By Ewan Neilson, Partner

Air travellers are used to captain’s warnings of the potential for turbulence – most are accustomed to considerable ups and downs, with crew and passengers remaining calm and arriving at their destination without the onset of panic.

There are however times when one or two can’t take the rocky ride in their stride and scream, unsettling everyone.

Stronachs LLP, the full service independent law firm, has strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of Ross Gardner as partner.

Mr Gardner, 38, says the opportunity to join Stronachs provided the right move, at the right time as he looks toward the next phase of his career and expanding his client base in the corporate sector.

By Liz Stewart, Partner

Landlords and tenants face a red-letter day this weekend with November 28 signalling conversion of certain long leases in Scotland to ownership. For those which qualify, the change will have a significant impact upon landlords, tenants and in some instances, neighbouring proprietors.

By James Downie, Partner and Ewan Neilson, Partner

As we write today (11 September) Brent crude futures stand at $48.52 and WTI futures at $45.13. Where prices will stand when this edition is published, no-one can guess. What we do know is that low prices and high operating costs have driven operators to seek efficiencies and to drive down operating costs whenever it’s safe and possible.

Stronachs LLP, the full service independent law firm, has made a key appointment to its commercial property department, with the arrival of Liz Stewart as partner.

Ms Stewart, 41, says her focus is to further expand the firm’s client base, as commercial entities look to secure the highest quality advice on the best terms available, as the national marketplace undergoes major changes.

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