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Austin Lafferty

Austin Lafferty

Austin is the founding partner of Austin Lafferty Solicitors and Estate Agents, having qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and opened his own firm in 1987. As well as managing the firm, Austin has expertise in various aspects of private legal practice, now dealing mainly with business clients in commercial property transactions, leases, general business advice and support, and company acquisition.

He is also involved in a full range of legal services for individual clients, from wills and powers of attorney to conveyancing, civil disputes and family problems, working with solicitor colleagues in the firm on cases and transactions.

Austin is also a well-known broadcaster and writer on legal and other matters, and is a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.

The first same sex marriages in Scotland look set to take place on Hogmanay this year, following an announcement by the Scottish Government that they will become legal from 31st December.


HABIT. That's this week's word. Both meanings, First, clothing - you know the old joke: you can kiss a nun once, twice even but don't get into the habit.


I purchased PVC windows in 2009. One of the panes misted up, then the patio door wouldn't lock. The company said that because my windows were not fitted by them, they couldn't provide a guarantee. I took my receipt and contract to them, which says I have a 10-year guarantee, with no reference to windows having to be fitted by them, but they wouldn't accept this.


So that's another season of running complete. Last week's Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run was a high point, but the final one of 2014. A long winter will soon set in. So what beckons for 2015?


I am divorced, have one son and two sisters. Can any of them contest the will?


Another one bites the dust. The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run has been seen off.

Two hours 34 minutes was my time on Sunday, an amble rather than a chase, but a thoroughly enjoyable outing, for me and the other members of Team Lafferty plus 15,000 others in our half-marathon. The 10k was also a triumph for its 10,000 competitors.

Anyone who has been following Austin's fitness journey on this blog or in his Evening Times Column will know how much running and his home city mean to him. Last Sunday, Austin joined thirty thousand other runners in a celebration of running, fitness and of Scotland's greatest city: the Great Scottish Run. The Great Scottish Run or (GSR to aficionados) brings together the great, the good and the galumphing of Scottish running in a sporting carnival which caters for everyone from former Champions to fundraisers.


My brother is starting out in business and the bank wants a guarantee from me for an overdraft he needs for setting up and obtaining stock. How can I check if this is the right thing to do?

Austin featured on the Riverside Show on STV Glasgow talking about his involvement in running the Great Scottish Run Half-Marathon on Sunday 5 October. Austin appears around 8.05 pm (56 minutes in).


A record breaking 5,000 children have been adopted in the last 12 months in England, which is an increase of 26% over the previous year.


SEASON of mist and mellow fruitfulness. Autumn is well and truly with us. Leaves fall in lovely brown and orange colours, but it's a dodgy time for road runners. Weather is a crucial factor in jogging performance. I have seen it all.


Austin appeared on BBC Radio 4's Moneybox Live today, discussing the changes to intestacy law in England and Wales which have now come into force. While the law in Scotland remains unchanged, Austin offers some valuable advice to listeners north of the border.


My husband won his case at an employment tribunal and was awarded £17,275.19, but we can't get the money from the employer. Another person is also owed an award. We have logged our objection with Companies House to stop the boss striking off his company because he owes us this debt. We now have to take him to court to receive the money. We have had a Sheriff's Officer serve the award on him but he has ignored this and all correspondence requesting payment. What is the best way to enforce this?


My husband and I own a house worth £310,000. We have both made wills leaving shares in it to our two children equally. Do we need to do anything to deal with death duties, inheritance tax or capital gains?

Today I write as usual about wellbeing - but the nation's Referendum day is tomorrow.

It's the greatest political campaign in Scotland's history.

Laying Down the Law - Our row over will

Posted by on in Scottish Law

We are both in our 80s and stay in a semi next door, who have not spoken to us since they moved in about 14 years ago, planted leylandii in their back garden along the boundary fence. This is now about 8ft and hanging into our garden.

Couples who were impacted most during the recession are up to eight times as likely to have suffered relationship breakdown compared to those who were least affected, according to a new study released by relationship support charity, Relate.


We paid over £5,000 for a new kitchen supplied and fitted by a local firm. Six months later there is still substantial work incomplete. When I call I get fobbed off or made promises that are not kept. Can I sue the firm? I paid the full cost but I am not getting the service. Can the court make them complete the job?

 Alison Sharland has been granted permission to appeal a divorce agreement approved by the High Court after discovering that her former husband misled the Court.


Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise according to Benjamin Franklin. And that's it. I could stop right here and say no more.


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