A Tale of Two Towns

Whether you enjoy Paisley pattern of Glasgow patter, there can be no disputing the clear similarities between Paisley on one hand, and, on the other, Glasgow, despite how jealously these two towns’ respective residents might guard their differences. Both share a similar social demographic, particularly when it comes to considerations of deprivation. However, nowadays, in … Read more

Law Centre Case Figures Make Local Headlines

Writing in the Paisley Daily Express on 5 May 2016, Journalist Kenneth Speirs reported the Law Centre’s latest successes: Charity helps tackle debt — and more Byline: Kenneth Speirs A law charity dealt in almost £4million worth of transactions for clients in the past financial year. Renfrewshire Law Centre, based in Paisley’s George Street, says … Read more

RLC Secures £3,721,900 of Economic Benefit for Renfrewshire in 2015/2016 (£25 for each £1 funding)

Total Economic Benefit: In total in the period from the start of April 2015 till the end of March 2016 RLC solicitors helped secure, preserve or repay the equivalent of £3,721,900 for our clients, which works out at almost £25 for every £1 of public grant funding (this figure does not include benefits awards, other … Read more

RLC Stats 2015/16

In advance of our forthcoming Annual Report, we are now ready to publish our case statistics and general statistics for the last year (April 2015 to March 2016) as shown in the tables, below. Key Stats The Number One largest area of casework activity, in terms of numbers of new cases taken on, remains landlord/tenant … Read more

New RLC Solicitor Fills Column Inches

Agnes Maxwell-Ferguson, who joined Renfrewshire Law Centre in October 2015 as our new GRADE Project Solicitor (Greater Renfrewshire Advice on Debt & Eviction) has been talking to the local press about her role here and the important work that she undertakes to help families facing hardship and potential homelessness due to rent or mortgage arrears. … Read more

New Judicial Review Deadline

Judicial Review is the process whereby a person may apply to the Court of Session (Scotland’s highest domestic civil court) for a review of decision taken by the government or other public bodies. Sometimes other courts and tribunals may possess a similar power of review if specific provision is made for it by statute, for … Read more

Housing (Scotland) Bill 2014

The new Housing (Scotland) Bill 2014 is currently progressing through the Scottish Parliament and shall likely introduce some important reforms to the present landlord/tenant legal regime, particularly as relates to Council and Housing Association tenancies (Scottish Secure tenancies and Short Scottish Secure Tenancies) under the previous Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. The 2001 Act shall remain … Read more

Employment Disputes: New Early Conciliation Rule

From 6 April 2014 the new ACAS early conciliation procedure shall become operational, and from 6 May 2014 it shall become compulsory. This is yet another change introduced by the current government to the Employment Tribual rules, which is designed to make the system more efficient. It attempts to encourage conciliation at an early stage … Read more

New Employment Tribunal Fees & Rules

As of 29 July 2013 a new system of Employment Tribunal fees will come into force in conjunction with the introduction of the new Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013. This set of regs entirely replaces the previous rules of procedure for the Employment Tribunal, in effect constituting a kind of codification. … Read more