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Society to issue additional guidance on powers of attorney, HSBC mortgage system causes chaos for Scottish home buyers, ruling on legal capacity welcomed and domestic abuse court to be piloted at Livingston.
Society to issue additional guidance on powers of attorney
The Law Society of Scotland has commended the Mental Welfare Commission's report  'Powers of Attorney and their Safeguards', written following an investigation into the abuse of a couple with learning difficulties by a relative who had been granted powers of attorney by them.
HSBC mortgage system causes chaos for Scottish home buyers
The Law Society of Scotland is calling for HSBC to suspend its new conveyancing panel system to avert chaos in hundreds of property transactions.
Ruling on legal capacity welcomed
The European Group of National Human Rights Institutions has welcomed the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of DD v Lithuania, as a significant clarification of the human rights obligations on States in relation to legal capacity.
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Domestic abuse court to be piloted at Livingston
A dedicated domestic abuse court is to be piloted at Livingston Sheriff Court. The new multi-agency pilot will improve the service domestic abuse victims in West Lothian receive from the criminal justice system.
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Court ruling means disabled air passengers are not protected
The Court of Appeal’s dismissal of two discrimination claims supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has narrowed the rights of disabled people when flying. The judges decided that international rules on air travel – the Montreal Convention – should take precedence over domestic law on accessibility and discrimination onboard aeroplanes.
STEP creates model clause for wills
The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) has published a draft model clause for wills in response to draft legislation proposing a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax where there is a charitable legacy of 10% or more left in a will.
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Simple and efficient cross-border payments
Cross-border bank transfers should become faster, cheaper and safer for EU citizens thanks to "single Euro payments area" legislation passed by the European Parliament.
EP-Council deal on rules for a safe and transparent derivatives market
A compromise deal on new EU legislation to regulate trade in over-the-counter derivatives and make the derivatives market safer and more transparent has been struck by European Parliament and Council representatives.
End of stamp duty holiday encourages first-time buyers
House sales in Scotland edged up slightly during January as an increased number of first-time buyers looked to beat the stamp duty holiday, which expires in March, says the latest RICS UK Housing Market Survey.

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