Cancelled Country Walk
The date and venue for this year’s Society “hillwalk” have now been set. The walk this year will not really be a hillwalk and it is hoped that members who find the term hillwalk off-putting will come along.
The chosen route is the Seven Bridges Walk starting and finishing in Ballater. This was the plan for 2017 except that two bridges which were still closed because of damage caused in December 2015 by Storm Frank. The overall distance is about 11 kilometres (7 miles).
The rendezvous will be at 10.30 am in the main car park in Ballater, behind the Glenmuick Church. There are toilets here and when last checked there was no parking fee or time limit. The walk will be led by Richard Shirreffs.
The route is largely level and on reasonable tracks or paths. From the car park we will leave Ballater by Queen’s Road and Dundarroch Road, picking up a track following the line constructed (before Queen Victoria vetoed it) for the westward extension of the Deeside Railway. After skirting the A93 just east of Bridge of Gairn, we pick up country paths which take us to the Polhollick Bridge. From there a forestry track leads across to the South Deeside Road, but we will take a detour to the riverside and a fishing lodge once used by the Queen Mother, where we can have a lunch stop. From Bridge of Muick a series of new tracks just above the road keeps us mainly clear of walking on tarmac, and then it is over the final bridge back into Ballater – and some refreshment!
A close counterpart of this route is described online but our starting point will be different and the detour to the riverside is an extra.
If you are interested, please let Maria Robertson know, preferably by e-mail. If you are interested but do not want to commit yourself, please nevertheless let her know of that.
Country Walk 2019 full details with map.
September Library Lunch
Starter and main course in September.
Doors Open Day
As usual the Library will be open to the public for Doors Open Day. Members have been asked to volunteer 2 hours to be on hand to answer questions during this event.
Fundraising Afternoon Tea
The afternoon tea is on offer to Society members, spouses, partners, clients and guests, at a price of £25 each. Numbers are limited so please book early so you don’t miss out!
Afternoon Tea 2019 booking form.
Trainee Lunch 2019
The President and Management Committee of the Society invite all current legal trainees in Aberdeen to attend a FREE buffet lunch in the Library at Concert Court, on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 1pm.
The Society offers its members a unique networking opportunity, based around CPD and social events. It is a good way to meet other members of the legal profession and enjoy yourself at the same time! The Trainee Lunch is a chance to catch up with university chums and see our facilities. There is no obligation to join up – we would just like to meet you.
CPD: Service Charges in Commercial Properties
Christopher Yannaghas, Director and Head of Property Management at FG Burnett on:
Service Charges in Commercial Properties
This Seminar will give an overview into the operation of service charges in the management of a commercial property. A review of the need for a service charge to fund the provision of common services will be outlined, together with how these are administered. The potential for dispute between parties and threat of government legislation prompted the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to introduce a guidance note in the form of a Code of Practice for its members in 2006. However in 2019 the RICS superseded this with a mandatory Practice Note which imposed specific requirements on its members when managing service charges. The seminar will review what these obligations are and how the Practice Note aims to ensure the smooth operation of a building’s service charge.
All of these issues are important for both owners and occupiers of commercial properties, together with their professional advisors and those who draft or interpret leases that deal with the operation of service charges.
October Library Lunch
Main course and dessert in October.
CPD: IHT Planning
Campbell Rayner, Intermediary Account Director at TIME Investments on:
This session will unravel some of the current complexities in IHT legislation, consider the outlook for IHT Planning in light of the Office of Tax Simplification’s ongoing review of Inheritance Tax, including areas of potential change. Will also include a comparison of Tried & Tested IHT solutions & how Business Relief can offer unique mitigation opportunities.
November Library Lunch
Starter and main course in November.
CPD: Solutions for Private Clients
Ian Burrell, Consultant in the Insurance Industry specialising in Private Client Solicitors – Speaker at the SOLAS Conference 2019 and
Theodora Burrell, Decorative Arts Expert at Lyon & Turnbull and Expert on the Antiques Roadshow on:
Solutions for Private Clients
The seminar will be divided into three parts:-
• A presentation on the Bonds of Caution market including an update on the possibility of compulsory caution for Powers of Attorney
• A presentation on the issues facing solicitors in the insurance of unoccupied properties for executries, guardianships and clients who are in long term care
• An update on the state of the art market and what solicitors should look out for in terms of current values