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The Austin Lafferty Solicitors & Estate Agents Blog

Austin Lafferty, solicitors and estate agents in Glasgow, East Kilbride and Hamilton, provide legal advice to the businesses and individuals of Glasgow, East Kilbride, Hamilton and beyond. Get legal advice you can trust from Austin Lafferty. Below are details of our latest posts.

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.

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Laying Down the Law: I was injured on dodgy pavement which has not been fixed. What do I do?

In April 2014 I fell while crossing the road when a pothole at the kerb got me. I was injured - whole side and head very sore with scraping and scratches, and though I healed up I still get pain in my hip going into my back. I wrote to the council involved and sent photos, but they said the state of the road was fine. It has not been fixed and is still a hazard. Where do I go from here?

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Laying Down the Law: A neighbour erected a fence on our land - can it stay?

Our neighbour erected a fence which is on our land. When we brought this to their attention as we want to lay a driveway, they told us it had been in place for 20 years plus, so can stay.

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Review into Impact of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax

The Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee recently held a call to evidence seeking views on the first full year of operation of the Scottish Land and Buildings Transaction Tax.  

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Laying Down the Law: Pre-registered car needs service already - can this be right?

I bought a car from a dealer, pre-registered three months before with delivery mileage. It was new in every respect. I have been advised my service is due already. I phoned to query as I had been told servicing was 20,000 miles or a year, this was only nine months after I bought. I was not informed by the salesman that the year is counted from date of registration. If I had known this I would not have bought the car.

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Laying Down the Law: 'Unfair' divorce settlement

I GOT married 20 years ago and I am now facing divorce. I had my own flat worth £29,000 before I got married. I am now being told I cannot claim this amount back in any settlement. The house we have just now would be sold and split 50/50. This seems totally unfair. I have two boys from a previous relationship and feel they are entitled to some compensation or something.

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Figures Reveal Rise in Corporate Insolvencies

The latest figures from Scotland’s Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) reveal a slight rise in the number of Scottish businesses becoming insolvent or entering receivership during the first quarter of 2016/17.

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Laying Down the Law: How do I select a good solicitor for health dismissal case?

I was dismissed on ill health grounds. I am taking them to an employment tribunal and we are also seriously considering civil action. Our solicitor for the tribunal only does tribunals and does not become involved in civil cases. Can I have separate solicitors for related cases?

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Laying Down the Law: How do I tackle issue with terrible-looking fence on our back garden boundary?

My neighbour has just erected a terrible-looking fence on our back garden boundary – without asking me. We are both owners, and I can’t see anything in our title deeds about the right to build a fence or wall or whatever between us.

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