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Nominated for 25 Emmy Awards this year, the HBO series ‘Succession’ has captivated audiences and may well have prompted clients to contemplate how best to plan for succession to their estates. 

Drafting a Will for lead character, Logan Roy, would require a bespoke approach, to take account of his vast wealth across multiple countries.  Here we consider an appropriate Will structure, together with some other key points to explore when creating a fitting testamentary writing for Logan.

Registers of Scotland have introduced a new Land Register – the Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land (or the “RCI”) – which went live on the 1 April 2022. This is an additional register, sitting alongside the Register of Sasines (which is being phased out) and the Land Register of Scotland, with the aim of identifying those individuals, who cannot be identified through the existing land registers, who have a “significant influence or control” over the named owner or long tenant (20+ years) of the land or property in question. The aim of the RCI is to improve transparency in who actually owns or tenants Scottish land.

What are Heat Networks

Picture a ‘Film Noir’ setting. We’re in New York, a distant siren blares. The shadowy street is illuminated by passing vehicles, revealing a solitary figure, concealed by plumes of steam rising from sidewalk grates. In considering such a scene, one may wonder why it is that Scotland’s streets have never featured these columns of hot vapour. But that Hollywood look may start to be a common sight in Scottish towns as a result of recent Holyrood legislation, coming in the form of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Act”).

What is The Trust Registration Service?

The Trust Registration Service is an online service which assists Trustees to adhere to their registration obligations under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017.

New regulations came into force in October 2020. The new regulations mean that there is an increase in the number of trusts that fall into the ‘need to be registered’ category.

By virtue of The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Amendment Order 2021, all homes in Scotland are now required by law to have at least two interlinked smoke alarms, a heat alarm and potentially a carbon monoxide detector. While there was a public awareness campaign carried out by the government ahead of the regulation coming into force on 1 February 2022, the buzz around the new rules has died down and many are still unaware of what exactly it is they need to install in their property to make it compliant.

Statements of fitness for work, also known as ‘fit’ notes, were introduced by the Social Security (Medical Evidence) Regulations and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations 2010.

Fit notes are often used for:

The ICO has published updated guidance in relation to data protection now that covid-19 measures are relaxing across the UK. The guidance does not put in place new or additional rules, but it is a useful prompt for companies to check over their data protection policies and procedures, especially where these were altered to cope with the changes brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to various amendments to the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) regime, which no longer apply after 25 March 2022. Such amendments were relevant to the definition of incapacity; payment of SSP; requirement for evidence; and recovery of SSP payments.

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