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Fergusson Law shares their latest news, the latest legal news and provides some legal advice on this blog.

Scottish Firm Fined £1.75m After Worker Seriously Scalded

A Scottish  company was fined £1.75m on 31 May 2016 after a worker was seriously scalded in Alloa. 

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard how a plant controller was injured when he opened a faulty valve which emitted high pressure, high temperature steam. He sustained serious burns to his chest and legs. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which happened on 12 October 2013 found that the company were aware of the defect but did not ensure appropriate steps were taken to either repair or remove the valve from use. 

Health & Safety Law Advice

Fergusson Law bring a significant amount of expertise and experience to any such situation.  Never ignore any notification from the Health and Safety Executive that they intend to commence an investigation or criminal prosecution.  Call Janice Nisbet of Fergusson Law for advice.  Before becoming a lawyer, Janice worked for many years as an Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, covering a range of industries but with particular experience of the food and drink industries, petro-chemical plants, other major hazard industries, and the offshore oil industry. 

Fergusson Law is Legal Aid Provider

Legal aid is a fundamental part of Scotland's legal system and society. It makes accessing legal representation and advice from a solicitor more affordable for those who need it.

Civil legal aid is a scheme to help pay for representation by a solicitor or an advocate in the civil courts. Civil legal aid is means-tested. Depending on your income and savings our legal advice may be free, or you may have to make a contribution towards the cost. Getting civil legal aid also depends on whether the Scottish Legal Aid Board agrees that it is reasonable to go to court to pursue or to defend the case.

Fergusson Law is an Accredited Provider with the Scottish Legal Aid Board. 

Inheritance Tax Lessons from the Great and Good

Six common sense and legal ways to pay less tax; all used by well-known people (and for you too).

  1. Ronnie Corbett sold his large family home and gave the proceeds to his children. Since he lived on for a full seven years after the gifts there was no IHT to pay. Even not surviving the whole seven years would have saved some tax.
  2. Tony Wedgwood Benn’s family all agreed to vary his wife’s will after her death. ‘Deeds of variation’ are common ways of a family agreeing the legacies of a will in the most tax beneficial way.
  3. Jim Slater invested heavily in shares listed on the London Alternative Market which are exempt from IHT. Although a specialist area of investment there are many well established companies on this Market . Take specialist advice.
  4. Rik Mayall was an unfortunate example.  He made no Will at all which not only led to more tax being paid than necessary but also to distant relatives getting unintended windfalls.  
  5. Peter Ustinov left more than one Will in different countries because he had assets overseas. The resulting confusion absorbed over £10m of his assets in legal fees.   
  6. Denis Healey's estate (the late Labour chancellor 'squeeze the rich until the pips squeak') has saved £75,000 by donating his correspondence to an Oxford library. Are your papers of national importance?

Any of these ring a bell with you? Talk to us now.