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Woodward Lawson Solicitors There are many ways of choosing a solicitor but when it comes to choosing a civil litigation or criminal defence lawyer, experience and specialisation counts for more than in almost any other area of legal practice. We are a firm of solicitors based in Aberdeen with both experience and specialisation in the field of court work. We seek constructive ways of dealing with your problems from a commercial as well as a legal point of view.

At Woodward Lawson, we represent clients in a broad range of court cases, both in the Sheriff Court and in the Court of Session. If you and your heritable predecessors have continually used a water source and pipe and storage system situated on your neighbours land for decades and it is the only active water supply to your property, you might consider that you have a servitude or legal right in that supply.

But, not necessarily so. After 18 months where the world has changed in many remarkable ways and for once, we have had time to think about it, Rutger Bregman's book provides a thoroughly positive outlook on humanity.
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read more › If you and your heritable predecessors have continually used a water source and pipe and storage system situated on your neighbours land for decades and it is the only active water supply to your property, you might consider that you have a servitude or legal right in that supply. But, not necessarily so. In a case between neighbours in that situation, a client of ours obtained a declarator from the Court to the effect that his neighbour had no servitude right to the water supply at all despite the water supply having been used since 1945.

read more › If you and your heritable predecessors have continually used a water source and pipe and storage system situated on your neighbours land for decades and it is the only active water supply to your property, you might consider that you have a servitude or legal right in that supply. But, not necessarily so. After 18 months where the world has changed in many remarkable ways and for once, we have had time to think about it, Rutger Bregman's book provides a thoroughly positive outlook on humanity. Well researched and extremely readable, its theme that humans are basically good and wish to co-operate may seem naive in parts but, .

read more › Woodward Lawson are able to provide a high level of personal guidance throughout all forms of criminal prosecution in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland. We provide expert representation in all types of criminal cases in the High Court, Sheriff or Justice of the Peace Courts. Ian Woodward-Nutt has practiced as an Aberdeen criminal lawyer for many years and is one of only a very few criminal lawyers in Aberdeen qualified to appear before the High Court in terms of his accreditation as a criminal Solicitor Advocate.

read more › Contracts form the backbone of daily life in any business. Occasionally, difficulties arise in relation to what was actually agreed and disputes occur if one party does not do what the other expects them to do. Woodward Lawson provide a full and comprehensive service on interpretation of contracts, the steps to take should there be a breach of contract and what can be claimed or defended by way of damages. We assist our clients with negotiation, and protect their business interests with advice and representation in court, seeking orders such as implement, interdict and delivery in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.

read more › We have significant experience in relation to Guardianship applications both from the perspective of raising applications for Guardianship and opposing Guardianship in disputed cases. Ian Woodward-Nutt also regularly acts as a Court appointed reporter in relation to Guardianship cases. We pride ourselves in communicating in everyday language so that you understand what is going on with your case. For us, it is about making sure that you are in the driving seat and we do our very best to help resolve your case and to bring about the best possible outcome for you.

read more › Whether you are a builder seeking payment for works which have run into difficulties or a client receiving possible defective building work, it is best to seek our advice at the earliest possible juncture. That includes getting advice during the building project itself if problems are starting to develop or relations with the other party are deteriorating. We provide an experienced and informed service which assesses your building contracts, prepares cases thoroughly with building experts in the fields of architecture, engineering and surveying, and assists you to resolve matters by way of negotiation or pursuing or defending.

read more › Road Traffic Law forms part of the Criminal Law that is a broad and technically complicated area. If you have been charged by the police or have received papers intimating a criminal prosecution for an alledged road traffic offence, it is important to take advice from an experienced criminal defence lawyer at the earliest opportunity. Ian Woodward-Nutt has been working in the field of Road Traffic Law for over 20 years. If you are being prosecuted or anticipate that you will be prosecuted for a road traffic offence then please call Ian at any time he will be happy to informally discuss matters with you.

read more › Every business encounters debtors from time to time and this can seriously affect important cash flow. At Woodward Lawson, we provide a robust one-stop service from seven day letters to pursuing court action in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. We also pursue enforcement of court decrees ranging from earning arrestments to petitions for bankruptcy and insolvency in order to exert maximum pressure on debtors to meet their obligations to you. Please note that we do not offer any Civil Legal Aid service.

read more › The breakdown of a relationship, be it marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation, leads to all manner of financial worries and practical difficulties as the inevitable change in your personal circumstances occurs. This is especially so if there are major assets which require to be divided. It is important to be fully aware of the numerous legal aspects that arise from separation. Early advice can often prevent further conflict and inform you as to what is fair and reasonable. We provide a clear and sympathetic service which gives guidance as to your specific rights and responsibilities.

read more › Woodward Lawson are pleased to offer representation in all matters concerning road haulage and transport law. Ian Woodward-Nutt is an experienced solicitor with regards to Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner as well as defending criminal prosecutions involving drivers or road haulage companies. We pride ourselves on helping you to make informed decisions regarding your case, so we make sure we communicate in everyday language and that you understand what is going on in your case. If you and your heritable predecessors have continually used a water source and pipe and storage system situated on your neighbours land for decades and it is the only active water supply to your property, you might consider that you have a servitude or legal right in that supply.

read more › We give knowledgeable and careful consideration of the circumstances and provide tailored advice. Few aspects of life can cause such concern as a neighbour asserting rights over your land or preventing you from doing something on their land that you thought you had a right to do. Such disputes can take many forms including arguments over boundary lines, servitude rights for access and services like water, and buildings or walls which have encroached upon your land. Such matters are often unique, complex and emotive.

read more › After 18 months where the world has changed in many remarkable ways and for once, we have had time to think about it, Rutger Bregman's book provides a thoroughly positive outlook on humanity. Well researched and extremely readable, its theme that humans are basically good and wish to co-operate may seem naive in parts but, reassuringly, it convincingly questions a number of deeply held urban myths and redresses the balance in a world where 24 hour media and news tends to over-report the bad things in life.

read more › The present law in the area of cohabitation is governed by the Succession (Scotland) Act, 1964 in conjunction with section 29 of the relatively recent Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. As we turn into 2016, this would appear to be a good point to review a law which has been with us for a decade. Since the 2006 Act came into force, there has been comparatively little in the way of caselaw to flesh out how the provisions should be applied in practice. Section 29 of the Act introduced, for the first time, the concept of cohabitees obtaining access to succession protection previously only available to surviving spouses and children.

read more › Wills come in many shapes and forms. It is quite possible that quite informal writings can attain an importance which the person writing them may not have meant. 25 years after the commencement of The Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act, 1995, the common law still comes in handy. Section 7 (2) (c) of the Act provided that signing your (a) full name or (b) surname plus a forename or initial or a familiar form of forename are all valid forms of signature. That seems straightforward enough. But, there is an exception in section 7(2)(c) which permits the use of another name or description or initials or mark but only where two matters are established, namely, that (i) it is the deceased's usual method of signing documents of the type in question and (ii) that it was intended as a signature of that document.

read more › Imagine the situation. You have a fire at your premises. The Fire Brigade come out quickly and put it out. They do a visual inspection to satisfy themselves that it is extinguished. They go away. The fire re-ignites. Further fire damage is caused before the Fire Brigade can put it out for the second time. What do you do? Well, it's obvious that you sue the Fire Brigade - apparently on the basis that (1) once they had conducted their visual inspection and before leaving, they should also have used a thermal imaging camera to locate any "questionable areas" in the smouldering debris, and (2) the Fire Brigade, instead of having their manpower available for any other emergency, should have maintained a regular check on your premises to make sure that the fire was truly extinguished.

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