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16th August 2017
Are you thinking of a new approach to managing your tenancy? Perhaps you do not currently have a Letting Agent and are concerned about the implications of the new regulations. At Munro & Noble Lettings, we are registered with ARLA (the Association of Residential Letting Agents) and SAL (the Scottish Association of Landlords). We are ready to comply with and advise on the new regulations in respect of:- Registration   Read more ...
Rental Property Inverness

27th July 2017
In a striking judgment issued on 26th July 2017, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees introduced in 2013 were unlawful. Lord Reed provided the leading judgment of the Court of seven judges stating that the legislation introducing the fees “effectively prevents access to justice and is therefore unlawful”. The judgment provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of courts and tribunals in society and examines closely the   Read more ...
UK Supreme Court Scales of Justice

23rd June 2017
Letting out a property, or properties, can generate instant income. Once all the correct legislation is in place and you are registered as a landlord, then you are good to go. So, who lets out their property? There are so many reasons why people decide to let out a property: An investment opportunity to be a ‘Buy to Let’ investor.  The return you can receive on your   Read more ...
The Key to Letting your Property

21st June 2017
The legal system here in Scotland is different to that of the rest of the UK. A lawyer that is qualified to act here, will not be able to act for you in matters out-with Scotland, unless they are dual qualified. Here at Munro & Noble, Laura McCarthy is a dual qualified Solicitor. This means Munro & Noble are able to act for clients with matters that straddle the UK   Read more ...
Dual Qualified Solicitor

14th June 2017
A MASSIVE congratulations to our Munro & Noble Moonwalkers Shona, Rachel, Lorraine and Lynne for completing the Edinburgh Moonwalk Marathon 2017 and for raising over £1,400 for vital breast cancer causes!! Our fabulous ladies walked 26.2 miles around Edinburgh's streets on Saturday...throughout the night!! There's still time to donate here: https://moonwalkscotland2017.everydayhero.com/uk/team-highland-doggers
Walk the Walk Edinburgh 2017 for breast cancer charity, Shona, Lynne, Lorraine and Rachel

15th May 2017
Munro & Noble are delighted to welcome Hamish Malcolm to the group. Hamish joins Munro & Noble Financial Services Limited to undertake: Residential and commercial mortgages Life, critical illness and income protection insurances Commercial loans. Hamish joined Bank of Scotland in Inverness directly from school in 1986. He completed his banking exams whilst on his first posting to Gairloch. Following this, he went on to spend most of the 90s working   Read more ...
Hamish Malcolm

28th April 2017
INVERNESS-BASED COMPANY ACQUIRES AIRLINE GROUND SERVICES PROVIDER AT ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Dalcross Holdings Ltd, based at Inverness Airport, yesterday acquired Aircraft Services International Group (ASIG) at Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) from Edinburgh-based John Menzies Plc.  Highland legal firm Munro & Noble acted for Dalcross Holdings Ltd, with lead solicitor Peter McLuckie coordinating the complex transaction. All ASIG staff have transferred on their existing terms and conditions to Dalcross Handling    Read more ...
Inverness Airport (Picture Source BBC)

20th April 2017
Health and Safety Alert - Agriculture Fatality Rate 20x Higher for Agriculture than other Industries Fatal injuries in the UK Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector have historically been much higher than in other industries. In its last sector specific report issued in October 2015, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted that the rolling average fatality rate in the sector was 9.12 per 100,000 employees, compared with an average over all industries of 0.46   Read more ...
Scottish Agriculture Fatality Rate higher than other industries

23rd March 2017
Gender identity is defined as a personal conception of oneself as male or female (or rarely, both or neither). This concept is intimately related to the concept of gender role, which is defined as the outward manifestations of personality that reflects the individual’s gender identity. The writer has recently attended a conference where they were informed that the social media networking site, Facebook, offer 51 different gender   Read more ...
Munro Noble discuss the gender identity act 2010

24th February 2017
When parents separate it is often difficult to process the reality that even though they will not be a couple, they will still be parents. A separation can be a traumatic experience for a child at the time but it does not need to cause permanent damage. It would only cause damage where there is conflict involving the children. They may feel that they are the reason for the separation.    Read more ...
Child conflict and speration, Munro Noble discuss.

16th January 2017
The Westminster Government has in the past been un-sympathetic with regard to releasing public subsidies for onshore wind generation. However, in 2013, hope was given to projects on Scottish Islands on the basis that there may be a case for treating them differently. No concessions were granted in the latest round of incentives announced in November 2016 but a consultation was issued seeking views on whether special treatment should be given. Affected   Read more ...
Wind Farms, Munro Noble highlight the situation

19th December 2016
Settlement agreements are used as a means of a “clean break “and brings an employment relationship to an end in a mutually agreed way. It is unfortunate that in some circumstances an employer and employee may feel that their employment relationship is no longer working and a ‘clean break’ is the best way forward. In these situations both parties can agree the basis for terminating the   Read more ...
Settlement and agreements, Munro Noble advise the best way.

12th December 2016
Scotland’s land ownership system is changing, with a drive to get all landholdings onto a digital, map-based register. For owners, moving to Scotland’s land register brings greater clarity and security. The Land Register of Scotland is a publicly-accessible, digital register of land ownership. Once complete, it is intended to deliver a full picture of who owns Scotland, and make buying and selling property easier, faster and   Read more ...
The Scottish Highlands - Who owns Scotland? Munro Noble asks the question

5th December 2016
What is Collaborative Law? Collaborative law is an effective dispute resolution model which engages the unique problem solving skills of lawyers solely in service of achieving the best possible outcome for their clients. It was first introduced to the UK in 2003 – however it is, and has been, widely used in both the United States and Canada for many years. The ability of collaborative law to engage the most positive   Read more ...

28th November 2016
As Will Aid Month draws to a close, we have devised 10 reasons to have a will in place. Plan for your future, make a will. 1.     In Scotland, the law provides a set of rules which will apply – with certain prior rights to your spouse, legal rights to spouse and children and the remainder of the estate passing depending on your surviving family. A will would   Read more ...

22nd August 2016
The Great Munro & Noble Bake Off  Today, we were thrilled to have our very own Mary Berry (Pat Johnston) and Paul Hollywood (Gordon McIntosh) in our Property Shop Monday morning bake off.   Spirits were high as our contestants impressed us with their delicious dessert skills. We are currently on the egde of our seats waiting for the final results of our baking competition. Visit our Facebook page   Read more ...

19th August 2016
The Equality Act 2010  prohibits  discrimination, whether direct or indirect, victimisation or harassment. The Equality Act sets out a non-exhaustive list of ‘characteristics’ which are protected by law. These are narrated as follows:  age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, civil partnership or disability.  A recent study has revealed that almost two- thirds of individuals have suffered sexual harassment at their   Read more ...

14th July 2016
It is that time of the year again!  We will be attending the 175th Annual Caithness County Show at Thurso,  Saturday 16th July 2016. Why not pay a visit to our stall?  We have exciting competitions lined up with some special prizes... 1. Put your business card in the jar for a chance to win a bottle of CHAMPAGNE! It is as easy as that!   2. We are   Read more ...

4th July 2016
Social engineering is the art of manipulating people. The overall aim is for the release of confidential information. The types of information sought can vary. When individuals are targeted the criminals are usually trying to trick you into giving them your passwords or bank information, or access to your computer for the  installation of malicious software, enabling access to your passwords, bank information as well as giving them control   Read more ...

24th June 2016
A substantial amount of the UK’s employment law has been derived from Article 153 of The Lisbon Treaty. It allowed the EU to create a legislation, directly applicable to a member state’s employment law. Including, but not limited to working hours, workers’ rights, and health and safety. Member States are free to create their own legislation, so long as it is compatible with EU   Read more ...

23rd May 2016
Despite the Highland’s not so predictable weather, hundreds of ladies, all in pink turned up to the Race for Life in Bught Park, Inverness. Before the 5K, the heaven’s opened as if to cool us down for the race. If only it happened a little bit later during the very humid run. We participated in The Race for Life because Cancer Research UK is a charity   Read more ...

18th May 2016
Here we are, having an excellent day at Gordonstoun at the end of April. We would like to thank everyone who came to see us on such a wonderful day. In the pictures, you will see our Practice Manager, Gordon and Solicitor, Kay. We hope to see you all again next year...   For more updates on the latest happenings at Munro & Noble, visit our Facebook and Twitter Pages.

28th November 2015
Over the last few months, we have been shining a spotlight on our members of staff in our Getting To Know Us series to provide an insight into life at Munro & Noble.  Next in our series is Fiona Williamson who is based in our Property Shop. Born and raised in Caithness, Fiona moved from Thurso to Inverness with her family in 1999 and has gained 15 years Administration and   Read more ...

9th November 2015
Forget changing your relationship status!  A judge in New York has made a landmark ruling last week, meaning that you can now divorce your spouse over Facebook. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice, Matthew Cooper has ruled that Ellanora Baidoo can use Facebook to serve her husband divorce papers over Facebook messenger because he has been impossible to contact.  Messages with subject lines like “you’ve been served   Read more ...
Facebook message, Munro Noble, divorce papaers

22nd October 2015
Over the last few months, we have been shining a spotlight on our members of staff in our Getting To Know Us series to provide an insight into life at Munro & Noble. The series continues with Catriona Dalziel, our expert Conveyancer. Those who have had some experience dealing with our Conveyancing Department would most likely have come across Catriona at some point during the transaction. Catriona joined the firm   Read more ...

19th October 2015
Last week’s recent divorce ruling, as reported by the BBC, saw Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil  successfully persuade the Supreme Court that their divorce settlements should be re-examined in light of their husband’s wilful and in Mr Sharland’s case, fraudulent non-disclosure of the value of the matrimonial assets.  From the media’s breathless coverage you might be forgiven   Read more ...

29th September 2015
The next member of staff in our series is our very own Typist/Secretary, Janet Smith! Janet has been with us for almost 15 years!! Keep checking on Facebook and Twitter for more... Where are you originally from? Born in Durham, lived in Surrey, Cyprus, Germany (Twice), Leicestershire and Fort William (Army brat). Attended boarding school in Edinburgh for nine years. What is your role at Munro    Read more ...

4th September 2015
The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Munro & Noble Solicitors and Estate Agents, has now been accredited as a Living Wage employer.                                          The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Munro & Noble, regardless of whether they are permanent employees   Read more ...

18th August 2015
There is a presumption within the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction that the best interests of a child are served if any decisions in relation to their care and well being are taken by the appropriate court in the country where they were habitually resident prior to any wrongful removal or retention. Thus ensuring the prompt return of any child or children to that country   Read more ...

14th August 2015
The next member of staff in our series is Cashroom Head, Shona Hammell!  Shona has a very important role, and the firm simply cannot function without Shona's expertise. She supervises all anti-money laundering matters and processes money going in and out of the firm. Keep checking on Facebook and Twitter for more... Where are you originally from? I​ was born in Stirling but   Read more ...

15th July 2015
Moving on to the next member of staff in our series, introducing... Partner Mary Nimmo! Mary heads up our Court Department and advises clients in Litigation matters in both the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session. In particular she deals with Civil Court matters, personal injury and medical negligence cases along with an extensive range of other issues, including family law. Mary has been appointed as a   Read more ...

16th June 2015
Over the coming months, we will be shining a spotlight on our members of staff in our Getting To Know Us series. We intend to provide an insight into life at Munro & Noble. What better way to do this than to introduce ourselves individually.  The first of our series is Senior Partner, Bruce Miller.  Get to know Munro & Noble, by connecting with us on Facebook and   Read more ...

22nd May 2015
This blog looks at the ins and outs of a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a written document which authorises a trusted person or persons to manage your estate. It ensures your affairs are looked after in the event that you suffer physical or mental incapacity. This can be made on a temporary or permanent basis. It must also be noted that a Power of Attorney can   Read more ...

19th May 2015
Last night (18th May, 2015)  BBC1 Scotland aired a documentary, featuring  an investigation of Scotland’s biggest companies who do not pay the Living Wage. ‘Low Pay For Life’ programme asked 50 of Scotland’s biggest employers and the majority said that they either did not pay all staff the living wage, or would not say. The living wage is a voluntary hourly rate that is   Read more ...

6th May 2015
Will Aid donations reach £4,454 We are delighted to announce that we have raised £4,454 for Will Aid. We would like to publically thank our Will Aid clients for all of their generous donations during November’s Will Aid campaign. We volunteered our  time and expertise to write wills for our clients, helping them secure a future for their loved ones. Will Aid is the UK's leading   Read more ...

14th April 2015
The following dates have been booked for our next mobile solicitor surgeries: Thursday 18th June - Kinlochbervie -The Ceilidh Centre, Kinlochbervie - David Hewitson in attendance. Time Midday to 15.00 Friday 19th June Thurso - Pentland Hotel, Princes Street, Thurso - Mary Nimmo in attendance: Time Midday to 16:00 Friday 17th July Thurso - Pentland Hotel, Princes Street, Thurso - Mary Nimmo in attendance: Time Midday to 17.30    Read more ...

2nd April 2015
Collaborative Law is a form of dispute resolution.  All negotiations take place in “four way settlement meetings” so both clients and their respective Solicitors attend.  This cuts out the difficulties and costs associated with prolonged negotiations or lengthy court proceedings. Here at Munro & Noble the wellbeing of our clients is at the forefront of our minds when dealing with stressful situations, particularly relating to separation   Read more ...

24th October 2014
We at Munro & Noble are extremely proud of all our staff who took part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s annual ‘Wear it Pink’ day last Friday. From bright pink coats and dresses, to more subtle ties and accessories, those involved helped make it our most successful ‘Pink’ day yet. All the proceeds from the nationwide event go to funding the much needed research required   Read more ...