May 25, 2016

Do I need planning permission?

You need planning permission for any new development. The law says that ‘development’ includes any building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land. It also includes changes in the use of buildings and land. Planning permission is not needed for work that only affects the inside of a building. If it is a listed building, you may need listed building consent to make changes inside a building and outside a building depending upon the grade of your listing.

May 18, 2016


If you propose to erect a new building, to alter or extend an existing building, to change the use of a building or to demolish a building, you will normally require permission from the Building Control Department of your Local Authority. Permission is granted in the form of a building warrant, which must be obtained before starting any work. A warrant will be granted if the work you propose meets the Technical Standards for compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990 (as amended). It is an offence to begin work before obtaining the warrant. If a warrant is not obtained, this could lead to difficulties in the issue of a certificate of completion and in selling your property.

May 05, 2016

Email security – don’t get caught out

Cyber attacks on small businesses are happening every day, with fraudsters trying to steal information, money and disrupt business activities.

May 05, 2016

Hassle free house hunting

Are you looking to move but don’t have the time or are not in the position to source your ideal property yourself? Then McQueen Legal’s bespoke Property Finder Service is for you. Click here for further information.

May 05, 2016

Reforms will not deter buy-to-let investors

The stamp duty rise is not having the negative impact predicted as landlords look at new ways to protect their investment, and signs show that Edinburgh continues to be attractive for buy-to-let investors.

May 05, 2016

McQueen Legal’s commitment to Will Aid charity sees them as one the top donating firms nationwide

Every year we participate in Will Aid, a national charity scheme where we write Wills for clients and instead of charging our usual fees, we invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. Our total raised in the last event was £5192!

April 18, 2016

Jargon Buster – Buying a House in Edinburgh

If you’re looking to buy your first property in Scotland, the phrases used can be quite confusing for someone who has come from overseas, England or Wales, or just never bought a property before. If you’re confused about what all these terms mean, then below is a jargon buster to help you through the process:

April 13, 2016

The Importance of Advance Directives

Death is not a topic that is often discussed openly and freely, but it is one that we must all consider at some point. Planning for the future might not be something you’ve considered if you’re in your 20’s or even your 50’s, but it is something to consider before life takes a turn for the unexpected. Wills are the ubiquitous method of controlling assets after your death; planning for the division of your assets on death is the most common thing people think of when they think of planning for death, but what about your wishes and desires for treatment before death? How you would like to be treated in the event of an accident, or a terminal illness that causes you to lose your capacity to make decisions for yourself is not something that is covered by a will.


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