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24 March 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estates Alan Roughead
We'd like to say a huge thank you to our amazing NHS staff who are working endlessly during the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore from now until the end of April we will be donating 10% of our fees from Wills and Powers of Attorney to the NHS Tayside Health Fund. Everyone should have a Will and Power of Attorney in place, not just now because of the coronavirus pandemic, but so that we all prepare for our future.

23 March 2020 Employment Law Garry Sutherland
On 20th March the Chancellor announced a package of measures aimed at supporting business and protecting jobs throughout the UK. The headline of course is that where businesses were to furlough (or lay off as we know it in Scotland) employees, then the Government would pay 80% of their salary up to a maximum of £2,500 per month - the "Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme" This provides some much needed real support for both business owners and employees across the whole spectrum of industries in Scotland. The timing of it is particularly important for businesses in the hospitality industry where the Government also in effect ordered their businesses to shut down and send their employees home at the same time. What we didn't receive (understandably) were details - this is a "one size fits all" policy and of course it would be impossible for the Government to have provided that and unreasonable for us to expect it at the time.

10 March 2020 Employment Law Garry Sutherland
With 27 confirmed cases in Scotland, both workers and business owners are understandably concerned if they need to take time off work as coronavirus fears spread across the UK. But what will this means for employers and employees?

02 March 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estates Susan Mackay
When Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher went on a family skiing holiday in the French Alps six years ago, nobody expected him to fall and suffer a serious head injury which would end up with him being placed in an induced coma for 6 months, and still not be able to walk or talk. Although Schumacher may well have access to the very best medical experts, with his family now in charge, there is potential to cause a dispute between family members as to what the best medical action is for them to take, at what is no doubt already an incredibly stressful time. In Scotland you can appoint someone as your attorney, at a time when you do have mental capacity, to make decisions on your health and welfare via a Power of Attorney in the event that you lose the capacity to make certain decisions.

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