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Deal or No Deal…….

With only a couple of weeks left to go until we are due to leave the EU there are many questions left unanswered and uncertainty over what will happen in the event we leave the EU with “no deal”.

What does this Brexit mean for me?

Given that a significant portion of our law relating to employees’ rights in the UK comes from the EU and that there are currently around almost 3 million EU employees working in the UK then this is not only going to affect those employees working in the UK but the businesses who employ them.

How can we help?

Here at McEwan Fraser we can offer you guidance on how best to prepare your business for this and also provide advice to EU national employees who may be worried about what Brexit means for them and their work status to remain employed in the UK once we leave the EU whether with a deal or in a “no deal” situation.

What can we do to prepare?

We have prepared some basic pointers below to get you thinking of what this may mean in practice for you and your business and would be happy to give you further detailed advice by contacting Kelly McManus at McEwan Fraser who is a solicitor with specialist experience in Employment Law.

Employees right to work in the UK – what will happen once we leave the EU?

Currently, EU nationals do not need a visa to work in the EU and can work in the same way as a UK citizen. If we leave the EU with “no deal” then EU nationals will be treated in the same way as non-EU nationals which may mean having to apply for a visa. Contact us for more information on what you will need to do.

What about EU nationals who are already working in the UK?

The UK Government have advised that people currently working in the EU will not have to do this depending on certain circumstances. These circumstances are constantly changing and we would strongly recommend that you take advice, whether you are an employee or running a business, to make sure you are ready for Brexit….

What will happen to employees/workers rights in the UK once we leave the EU?

The UK has a long-standing record of ensuring that workers’ rights are protected. This includes employment and equality rights and protections for health and safety at work. The decision to leave the EU should not change this. The UK Government has made a firm commitment to protecting workers’ rights, and to maintain protections covered in the Equality Acts and other areas of employment law.

For further information on this, please see below:-

EU (Withdrawal) Bill

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Its good news for employees….. Brexit – what impact will this have on employees and businesses?

With only a couple of weeks left to go until we are due to leave the EU there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding this. If you have any employees in your business who are EU nationals, they will have to apply for “settled status” under the EU Settlement Scheme. For further advice, please contact us and we would be happy to help.

An increase to National Minimum Wage

As of 1 April 2019, the National Minimum/Living Wage will increase to:

  • £8.21 for workers of 25 years and over
  • £7.70 for workers between the ages of 21 and 24
  • £6.15 for workers between the ages of 18 and 20
  • £4.35 for workers under the age of 18
  • £3.90 for apprentices under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship

Failure to comply comes not only with financial risk but also huge reputational damage. In addition to a worker’s right to enforce NMW entitlement, HMRC also has enforcement powers (including naming and shaming, financial penalties and criminal offences in some cases).

An increase to statutory sick/maternity leave payments

In addition to the above, there will also be an increase to statutory sick/maternity leave payments…

  • Statutory sick pay will rise to £94.25 per week from 6 April 2019
  • Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental pay will rise to £148.68 per week from 7 April 2019
Increase in maximum awards for claims of unfair dismissal

As of 6 April 2019, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise to £86,444. The maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and the basic award in some tribunal awards, will rise to £525.

For further advice in respect of employment law and any updates please contact Kelly McManus at McEwan Fraser Legal on 0131 297 0661.

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At McEwan Fraser Legal we understand that selling your property can be a stressful experience which is why we previously wrote an article providing tips for selling your property. Whilst the completion of the sale of your property can be a massive relief and weight off your shoulders, the equally stressful process of organising and moving your belongings, family and pets is not far from your mind.

A little planning and preparation can go a long way to reducing the stress of moving property which is why Sainsbury’s Bank have published an article with some suggestions on how to reduce the stress involved and therefore maximise the enjoyment on this exciting day.

You can read the full article on the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Blog.

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We are delighted to announce that McEwan Fraser Legal was presented with the “Scottish Agency of the Year” and “UK Marketing Campaign of the Year” awards, whilst also taking the runner-up spot in the UK-wide “Estate Agency of the Year” category at the coveted Negotiator Awards.

The Negotiator Awards are the premier Awards in the UK residential Estate Agency circuit, with the 2018 entry list being the biggest to date. The Awards ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and was hosted by TV presenter, star and comedian Julian Clary.

Our Chief Executive Ken McEwan shared his view towards the wins: “The Negotiator Awards are industry recognised as the benchmark for UK Estate Agency with thousands of entries received each year, so our wins on Friday night are a testament to our business ethos of protecting our margins by offering a superior and bespoke service to our clients in a backdrop of low cost fee driven competitors. It should be noted that we were the only Solicitors and Estate Agents in the UK to win any awards, which I believe is a huge achievement.”

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The Isle of Arran, voted one of CNN’s ‘Top Seven Islands in the World for Day Trips’, is a stunning island set off the West coast of Scotland. Long seen as a holiday destination by many thanks to its close proximity to the Scottish mainland, the Isle of Arran is also home to a number of impressive properties that are used as permanent residences or as holiday homes.

Are you planning on making a move to the Isle of Arran, or in the market for a holiday home with a view? If so, McEwan Fraser Legal are proud to be marketing the following properties:

Drimla Lodge is a magnificent, ‘B’ Listed red-brick colonial-style villa with a prominent South-facing seashore location, in the beautiful village of Kildonan at the Southern end of Arran.

Hollinhaven is one of the most individual, eye-catching properties in this pretty harbour village, which has one of the most beautiful positions on the Island and enjoys views over the Kilbrannan Sound to the Mull of Kintyre and towards Ireland.

Project House is a particularly picturesque example of contemporary living. You can’t help but be utterly bewitched by this creation of what modern living in Scotland is all about.

Westfield is a striking five bedroom semi-detached traditional sandstone villa, conveniently positioned within the relaxed village of Lamlash. The property has been decorated and modernised to an exceptional standard.

Whin House is a three bedroom detached villa with an additional one bedroom self-contained apartment, conveniently positioned within a private position in Kildonan and within a five-minute stroll of the beach.

This prime residential building plot is in an elevated and private location, with planning permission in place for the construction of an eco-friendly four bedroom detached villa.

If you are interested in making the move to the picturesque Isle of Arran, why not get in touch with us on  01292 430 555.

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Like any other investment, purchasing a commercial property requires a lot of research and knowledge in order to be successful, especially when it comes to both time and cost. There are a number of factors to consider, including where you want your business to be located, and how much money you can bring to the table, so it is essential to do your research.

Here are McEwan Fraser Legal’s top 10 tips to consider when buying a commercial property…

  1. Think about Location, location, location

Finding the perfect location is very important when purchasing a commercial property – just as important as when buying your own home. Think logically about what you will be using the premises for, and ask yourself the key questions, such as will there be enough space for the staff, and will clients be coming for meetings frequently? Is this location where you want to bring your clientele? For the most part, a central location is desirable, however, if you are spending most of your time dealing with clients remotely, a location set outside of town may be a better, and a more cost-effective, option.

  1. Do your research and consult experts

Researching is vital. Look into long-term predictions for the location you are viewing the property in – is there anything that may help or hinder property values in the future? A decline in value of your commercial property could decrease your business capital; time spent on researching the perfect location for your new business base is never time wasted.

Also, don’t be afraid to contact experts and professionals who have years of experience investing in commercial property. They’ll put you on the right track.

  1. Take advantage of low interest rates

When considering purchasing a commercial property, it is wise to keep a close eye on interest rates as they are constantly fluctuating. Although they won’t stay constant for a long period of time, it makes a mortgage an attractive option. Re-mortgaging your property will help to increase additional capital, which will be considerably cheaper than a business loan. If you do eventually decide to invest, you can deduct the tax from interest payments on commercial mortgages, which is highly beneficial.

  1. Think with your head, not your heart

It is vital to be rational – don’t just jump head-first into buying a commercial property without doing your research and considering other options. In the short-term, buying a commercial property with a mortgage will undoubtedly exceed the cost of renting the same property. If your business is well-established, with the potential to grow, it is worth investing. However, if you are looking to set up a start-up, this is something to think about – it may be wise to rent in the short-term, then consider investing in a commercial property later on.

  1. Flexibility is key

When viewing a commercial property, it is important to look for premises that are flexible. It is inevitable that your business will expand and change whilst you are occupying the property, so it is crucial to find premises that can be modified over the years to suit your business.

  1. Don’t forget the deposit

Some businesses find it easy to forget that you will need to place down a large deposit, just like you would with a residential property. Think about how much money you have available, and whether you would be able to put down a substantial deposit. Remember, mortgage-lenders tend to ask for a deposit of 20% or more of the value of the property and may even ask to see a business plan.

  1. Get the commercial property surveyed

It is vital that you have a full professional survey carried out on the commercial premises before making a purchase. A basic survey will not do, especially when you are spending a considerable amount of money investing in the building. Whether it is commercial premises or a private home, a survey is always a wise precaution to check for any problems before they arise.

  1. Can you sub-let the premises?

If the commercial property you are looking at purchasing is too big for your business at present, but you wish to grow, it may be worth looking into sub-letting. This can help to manage any cash-flow challenges and maintaining flexibility in your premises. However, this isn’t available for all commercial property, thus you will need to check with your mortgage-lender first and read your lease carefully for any clauses that may prevent sub-letting.

  1. Don’t forget to budget

Commercial property purchases are rarely cheap. Remember to budget for any new furniture, as well as long-term upkeep and ongoing costs which will inevitably incur, just like in a home. Having some extra money in the bank can help to avoid any situations that may arise.

  1. Consider parking

Parking is easily forgotten about. If the location of the property is near to a public transport, such as a train station or a bus stop, there are ways for employees to travel into work, however, if you are based in an out-of-town location, a car park is valuable – not only for staff but for clients visiting too.

Finding Your Ideal Commercial Property

At McEwan Fraser Legal, we don’t just specialise in residential properties but also commercial properties. We currently have a number of commercial properties currently on the market with us:

Duchally House, 3-5 Wellington Road, Nairn, Highland, IV12 4RE

Drumnadrochit Boarding Kennels & Cattery, Tor-Nam-Breac, Bunloit, Drumnadrochit, Highland, IV63 6XG

Atholl Filling Station, Main Road, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, IV55 8WA

MacLeods View, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GT

Pilmuir Street Guest House, 80 Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 0LN

Panda Valley Takeaway, 114 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB25 2YW

Bay House Hotel, 56 Victoria Parade, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 7HU

The Bean & Leaf, 6 The Promenade, Gallowgate Street, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8BG

Childrens Playhouse, 12 Kilnholm Place, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 1PA

The Shore at Carronshore, 195 Carronshore Road, Carron, Falkirk, FK2 8ES

If you would like more information on the above or would like to discuss your affairs in general, please contact our commercial team on 0131 524 9797.

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As the Highland club gears up for a tilt at the Championship title next season, Ross County FC looking for every ounce of support from the stands for what promises to be a titanic season-long battle.

McEwan Fraser Legal’s latest campaign will offer 100 kids the opportunity to appear in the club’s official team picture for the new campaign.

A golden ticket will be provided for each of the first 100 junior sized home kits sold.

The initiative comes as Ross County kick-off a new two-year partnership with McEwan Fraser Legal. Read more here.

Modelling the stunning new kit were the signing that has stunned the Highlands, Iain Vigurs – who penned a two-year deal at the Global Energy Arena last week – and Tony Dingwall.

McEwan Fraser Legal Chief Executive Ken McEwan comments: “We are delighted to be able to support Ross County, this coming season.

“It’s sure to be a very tough battle in the Championship and with some of the other clubs lining up in the division, there will be some big, big games along the way.

“We know how important the supporters are to Ross County, and so as they prepare to dig in for the challenges ahead we thought a big, big official team picture would reinforce the message of everyone being in it “together”.”

“It’s great to kick off our two-season agreement with new kit sponsor McEwan Fraser Legal with such an exciting initiative,” said General Manager, Emily Wilson.

“It’s brilliant that 100 young fans will have the chance to be part of our team photo! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!

“Many of our young fans were actually involved in choosing the design for our new Away kit by Macron,” added Wilson. “The tartan design with a return to red for our change kit was instantly popular with our fans and it was the clear winner in the poll the club ran.

“The new Home kit, which is also a bespoke design, is quite different from last season’s. The feedback from the players and managers has been really positive and we expect it to be really popular with our supporters.”

Ross County’s kit is supplied by Macron. Country Manager Andrea Palilla adds: “Macron is delighted with the outcome of the new bespoke kits, working very closely with the club and fans.

“We used a more modern design keeping the classic Navy with red and white trims for the home kit while we are introducing a red as away kit a more classic tartan theme. We hope the shirts will help Ross County to return back to the Scottish Premiership!”

Here are some photos when Ross County launched their new home and away kits, with a stunning promotion for kids in partnership with McEwan Fraser Legal.

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The Isle of Arran, they say is ‘Scotland in miniature’, it is a beautiful island set off the west coast of Scotland. Awaiting you are beautiful sandy beaches, rugged mountains, an abundance of outdoor activities for all ages, explore the ancient castles and enjoy the relaxing spas that will make you fall in love with this wonderful island day by day.

Planning to move to or looking to buy a new house in the Isle of Arran?

McEwan Fraser Legal is now marketing a number of stunning properties on the island.

Take a look around these houses:

Achabhealaidh, Machrie, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8DZ

12 Kinloch Court (‘The Sanda’ – Plot 1), Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EF

The Byre, Glencloy, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8DA

Big Beach House, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8PZ

Tigh An Eilean’ Cordon, By Lamlash, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8NQ

Byre Cottage, Lakin Farm, Torbeg Shiskine, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8DU

West Mayish Cottage, Brodick, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8BX

Tuxedo, Pirnmill, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8HP

Sealladh Breagh, Shiskine, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8EP

Chestnut Cottage, Glencloy, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8DA

Mayfield House, Dippen, By Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8RN

Plot 9, Torbeg Country Lodges, Torbeg, By Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8HE

For those who are interested in owning a commercial property, we are marketing Jolly Molly Gift Shop. This unique Island business was established in 2009 and has grown in popularity over the past 8 years and is now an iconic part of the Arran visitor experience and is much loved by both the locals and visitors alike.

Jolly Molly, Shore Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8AJ

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Last weekend, McEwan Fraser Legal held their fifth annual staff conference & awards ceremony at The Principal, Charlotte Square, formerly known as The Roxburghe.

We were delighted this year to have singer/comedian and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Edward Reid performing on the night, he has once again put on a great show, getting everyone in the celebration mood. We also had a special surprise during the dinner for the team at MFL, we invited the Secret Opera Singers (SOS). They were absolutely fantastic and everyone loved the surprise!

Everyone had a great evening, celebrating our successes over the past year – 2017 was another great year, achieving a number of awards to add to our collection of plaques in reception. The night was also a great opportunity to set the McEwan Fraser Legal’s objectives for 2018. And lastly, a total of 18 different awards were presented on the night to those who have excelled in making a lasting contribution to the company.

2018 awards

The winners were as follows:

Negotiator of the Year – Jackie Lyell

Day Shift Client Specialist of the Year – Logan Watt

Night/Weekend Shift Client Specialist of the Year – Lisa Grieve

Best Single Design of the Year – Ben Daykin

Best Photo-shoot of the Year – Grant Lawrence

Business Support Employee of the Year – Natasha Collie

Contribution to Legal Service – Jamie Miller

Legal Employee of the Year – Stephanie Wright

Employee with the Highest Number of Reviews – Lewis Hunter

Rising Star of the Year – Terri Borthwick

Special Recognition Award – Alan Sutherland

Positivity Award – Charlotte Tupman

Employee of the Year – Laura Jane Hetherington

Well done to all the award winners!

Here are some of the photos from the night:

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McEwan Fraser Legal is delighted to reveal that it has agreed to become the new main club sponsor at Ross County Football Club from next season for at least a two-year agreement.

As well as extensive branding at the Global Energy Arena, McEwan Fraser Legal’s logo will appear on the front and back of Ross County’s new home and away kits for next season.

Making it a Highland double, Ross County join Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club who will again be sponsored by McEwan Fraser Legal after a contract extension was agreed for next season.

Completing a hat-trick of sponsorships at this time is Dundee Football Club. McEwan Fraser Legal have agreed to extend their partnership with the Dens Park club for season 2018-19.

McEwan Fraser Legal Chief Executive Ken McEwan comments:

“We are delighted to welcome Ross County to our portfolio of clubs. Doing so allows us to support both professional clubs in the Highlands.

“Our experience of both County and Caley Thistle is that they are rooted in their communities, committed to supporter engagement, and share our vision to “think differently” about how we do things.

“Inverness have been a terrific partner for us, and so it was an easy decision for us to extend our relationship with them. We want to play a big part in their revival and return to the Premiership!

“I am also very pleased that we have reached an agreement with Dundee to continue to support them next season. We’ve developed some brilliant fan activation campaigns with the club over the last couple of years and we are committed to continuing that work with the Dark Blues into season 2018-19.

Ross County Chairman Roy McGregor comments:

“We are delighted to sign a two-year agreement that sees McEwan Fraser Legal become main club sponsor from the beginning of next season.

“We’ve seen what fantastic sponsors McEwan Fraser have been to other SPFL teams in the past and think their commitment to fan and community engagement, particularly, will be a great fit for Ross County Football Club.

“We look forward to working closely with McEwan Fraser Legal on a number of exciting supporter-focused initiatives set to commence in summer 2018.”

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Chairman Graeme Rae adds:

“We look forward to building on the successful partnership we have built up with Chief Executive Ken McEwan and his team at McEwan Fraser Legal in the coming year.”

Dundee Commercial Manager Keith Haggart says:

“We’re delighted to partner up once more with McEwan Fraser Legal for season 2018/19.  We’ve developed a great relationship over the last two campaigns and look forward to continuing to build on the great work we’ve done together engaging with the Dundee FC fan base.”

McEwan Fraser Legal are also proud main club sponsors at Motherwell FC for season 2017-18. An announcement about the future of that partnership will be made in due course.

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