NOTICE OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

As we are sure you will be aware, the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus continues to accelerate and affect many people’s lives in every aspect including the industries and workplaces they are part of.  We have been closely monitoring the guidance given by both the Government and the Legal Services Governing bodies about how and what work we can continue during this time to ensure we keep staff, clients and their families safe and help slow the speed of the virus.

With such uncertain times, the third party services and other industries we rely on to progress the work we do for clients are having to take unprecedented measures (such as the recent temporary closure of the Land Register of Scotland for Applications, and direct guidance from The Law Society of Scotland that conveyancing and transactional work should be ‘paused’) to ensure their staff are safe also.  Much of what we do cannot be done without these third party services being operational. 

The Governments have not categorised workers in our field to be ‘key workers’ who can continue to travel to work and therefore in these circumstances of national emergency, we feel that we are left with no other option but to close our office premises with immediate effect until further notice or until the restrictions placed on us by our Government are lifted. This action has been taken in the interests of public health and to ensure we are not putting our staff at risk.

We have been working remotely as much as possible to date to attend to client business but there is only so much that can be done from home without our main office being operational.  We also need staff in the office to operate. As we cannot have staff in the office, we cannot have staff working from home either. Therefore we are extremely limited in what we can do for you at present.

At this time, we would ask our clients and third parties to communicate by email to Reception@williamsonandhenry.co.uk . If your matter is urgent, please call 01557 330 692, However, there are currently only two of us (Ian Rodger and Ross Ireland) to deal with everything. We may not be able to respond quickly. We will try to help if we can, but are very limited in our capacity to do so at present.

We will of course continue to closely monitor the Scottish and UK Governments advice and await the release of any further information or details that will impact on the welfare of our employees, clients and our business.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we all try to adjust and allow our country to ensure the safety of its people during these unprecedented times.  We hope that we will be able our doors again soon to continue servicing the needs of our clients and community.

Stay well and stay safe.

Regards

Your Williamson and Henry Team

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Voluntary Registration

 
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It is fair to say that the buzz words amongst Property Solicitors, Landowners and the Keeper of the Land Register of Scotland at present are undoubtedly “voluntary registration”.

The Scottish Government have infused the political minds of the nation with the question of “who owns Scotland” and has set upon the Keeper of the Land Register of Scotland with a political drive to ‘map’ Scotland. Currently in Scotland there are two co-existing systems: the Sasine record, which keeps a record of deeds of land ownership, primarily being a hybrid system of being both description based and plans based, and the Land Register which is a map based system and operates under a Government backed warranty system giving owners some security and clarity of title.

The Scottish Government want all property to be registered in the Land Register, and to try and meet this target the Registers of Scotland have introduced new trigger events whereby owners are forced to register title in the Land Register. For example, a transfer of title on death or the granting of a new Standard Security, which previously would not have meant first registration was necessary. Coupled with new ‘trigger’ transactions, there is also the introduction of a voluntary registration scheme in which the Registers of Scotland are encouraging Landowners to register their title and giving them a 25% discount on the registration fees to do this.

There can be certain benefits to bringing your Sasine title onto the Land Register as it does give the Landowners the control of the registration process meaning owners can use their knowledge of the property to make sure their title and boundaries are registered and plotted on the Land Register Mapping System (the Cadastral Map) accurately. This is particularly relevant in rural areas as more properties are not yet on the Land Register compared with urban areas which are more heavily populated.

Williamson and Henry have a number of Solicitors who deal with property matters including voluntary registration and can discuss this with you and go over any questions or queries you may have. Please feel free to get in touch on 01557 330692 to discuss voluntary registration of your property. One of our Solicitors would be happy to assist.

 
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