John Quinn reaches top of Kilimanjaro

Wallace Quinn Managing Director John Quinn has succeeded in his quest to tackle Africa’s highest mountain.  John reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on 28th  March, raising money for St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie through sponsorship.

John’s trek to the summit started in the rainforest on the lower slopes before emerging through the clouds to a much more barren landscape.  John was part of a team that took six days to conquer the mountain, mostly trekking but occasionally  scrambling on all fours up steep rocky slopes.

John says,

“It was an absolute privilege attempt to climb Kilimanjaro, but it is a brutal endeavour.  We were trekking for up to fourteen hours a day, climbing higher at the same time as oxygen levels were falling, meaning exhaustion and nausea were constant climbing companions.   On the morning of our final ascent, we were up at midnight and set out in darkness to climb the last steep slope to the top.  It was all worth it when the sun came up and we could see the summit ahead of us.”

The summit of Kilimanjaro is 5895m above sea level, with oxygen levels at the top nearly half of what they are at the base.

In 2019, we’re delighted that John pulled out all the stops and made it to the top!

John says,

“In 2014 I came close to reaching the top but had to turn back as I was defeated by the effects of altitude.  I put in much more fitness training ahead of this attempt and it paid off, but any sense of triumph on the summit was competing with overwhelming tiredness and I don’t think I appreciated what I had personally achieved until a few days later.” 

John continued,

“I’d like to thank all of my friends, family, colleagues and associates who have helped raise a fantastic amount for St Andrew’s Hospice.  The hospice provides palliative care and support for patients, families and carers.  Although it receives funding from NHS Lanarkshire, the hospice requires to raise at least £4.6 million from public donations every year.  Wallace Quinn has been a corporate sponsor of the hospice since we opened in 1990 and I’ll continue to look for new ways to help support this incredibly important charity.”

Does that mean a trip back to Kilimanjaro at some point in the future for John?

John says,

“Absolutely no chance.  In physical terms that was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life.   I’m delighted to have made it to the top but two visits to Kilimanjaro in one lifetime is enough for anybody!”

If you would like to donate to John’s ‘Just Giving” page for St Andrew’s Hospice, click on this link.

Beware! Dilapidations, the hidden expense in a commercial lease

This article was first published in our March 2019 newsletter

Those familiar with commercial leasing will be aware of dilapidations. These are items which require repair, usually, on termination of the lease. The normal practice is for the landlord to carry out and inspection and provide a list of these items. If the repairs are not carried out, the landlord will then seek a monetary equivalent to cover the cost of repairs.

The normal type of commercial lease in Scotland is a full repairing and insuring lease. In leases of this type, the tenant is responsible for maintaining the premises “in good order and repair” or “in good and tenantable condition”- and at the end of the lease, the premises need to be in that condition, failing which, the landlords can all on the tenant to make good the condition using a Schedule of Dilapidations.

The landlord’s view is that there is a need to ensure that the property is maintained properly. The landlord should warn the tenant of any neglect it becomes aware of.  If that is done, it reduces the risk to the asset value of the property before a problem becomes more widespread. Although this isn’t a widespread practice in Scotland, issues such as this could best be dealt with through the service of an interim schedule of dilapidations. By doing this, the landlord can focus the attention of the tenant on problems that have been discovered.

A final schedule of dilapidations will identify items of disrepair to be made good by the tenant when the lease comes to an end.  Where the tenant fails to comply with the repairing obligations set out in the lease, the schedule of dilapidations will often form the basis of a financial claim by the landlord.

From the tenant’s perspective, accepting the property in good repair implies that it must be returned to the landlord in such a condition on termination of the lease. Accepting a property in tenantable condition is not quite as straight forward. Age, character and locality issues could be considered to rebut any schedule of dilapidations in such a case.

When a schedule of dilapidations is served, the validity of the landlord’s claim should be investigated. It is essential that reference is be made to the specific repairing obligations contained in the lease. When a claim is submitted in good time before the end of the lease, it usually benefits tenants to have any legitimate repair works carried out less expensively themselves rather than leave these for the landlord to complete.

The starting point in resolving any dispute will be the scope of the repairing obligation and resolving this issue requires careful analysis of the wording of the repairing obligation, and its outcome can have significant implications for the respective liabilities of the parties.

If you are considering entering into a commercial lease of premises, it makes very good sense to obtain expert dilapidations advice at the outset. Waiting until the approach of the end of the lease is never a cost-effective option.

Landlords and Tenants of property must appreciate the nuances in dilapidations law and how these affect liability.

If you would like to discuss a liability issue you have regarding dilapidations or otherwise wish to discuss the terms of a commercial lease, please get in touch using the details at the foot of the page.







In terms of Scottish common law, the tenant has different obligations to repair a property under lease. These obligations are largely limited to liability for fair wear and tear, and repairs needed due to their negligence. However, specific lease clauses addressing repairing obligations usually cause the obligations in common law to transfer from the landlord to the tenant. This is the first stumbling block for the uninitiated. Tenants taking on a new lease in Scotland are likely to be faced with a clause stating that they “accept the property in good order and repair” or they “accept the property in a tenantable condition”. This wording causes the transfer of the liability for certain common law obligations from the landlord to the tenant in different ways.

It is very important to understand what the repairing clauses in the lease mean. Even leases where there is a relatively short term can have serious repairing implications. Tenants who enter into what they thought were reasonable repairing obligations can quickly learn that this is not the case. It is very important that due diligence is carried out before entering into a lease of the property. It makes sense to engage the services of a chartered building surveyor to visit the premises and report on its condition or repair. If tenants do not do this and it transpires that the building has significant structural problems that could, for instance, only be resolved by the rebuilding of a significant portion of an external elevation then the tenants will become responsible for the cost of those repairs having taken on the repairing obligations in the lease. This can mean that the value of the dilapidations claim is many times more than the annual rental for the premises and that would represent a significant unforeseen and unbudgeted expense for the outgoing tenant. If a proper review of the condition of the building has been carried out before entering into the lease, then this will help tenants to avoid such expense.

“Interim” and “Terminal” dilapidations terminology is used in Scotland although the courts do not recognise a difference between the two types of schedule. In England and Wales it is not unusual for a landlord to serve an interim schedule on a tenant at, say, the mid-term point of the lease as a reminder to the tenant to undertake repairs where they are in breach of their lease obligations. However, in England and Wales, there are limits to what can be included in this – not so in Scotland.

During the recent recession, there was a significant increase in the number of schedules of dilapidations being served during the term of a lease in an effort by landlords to avoid being left with an empty property in poor condition in the event that the tenant became insolvent. As a result, as landlords seek to enforce the repairing obligations in the lease and tenants seek to minimise their liabilities, more disputes have arisen.

The starting point in resolving any dispute will be the scope of the repairing obligation – in particular whether the common law position has been supplanted by the repairing clauses in the lease. A key issue in some major dilapidations disputes, argued before the Scottish courts, is whether the landlord’s common law liability for extraordinary repairs has been transferred to the tenant. Resolving this issue can require careful analysis of the wording of the repairing obligation, and its outcome can have significant implications for the respective liabilities of the parties.

If you are considering entering into a commercial lease of premises, it makes very good sense to obtain expert dilapidations advice from the outset. Waiting until the approach of the end of the lease is never a cost-effective option.

Landlords and Tenants of property must appreciate the nuances in dilapidations law and how these affect liability.

If you would like to discuss a liability issue you have regarding dilapidations or otherwise wish to discuss the terms of a commercial lease, please get in touch using the details at the bottom of the page.

A Power of Attorney – a convenient tool or an indispensable insurance policy?

This article was first published in our March 2019 newsletter

Regular readers of our eNewsletter won’t be surprised to see us revisiting this topic and to try to explain how taking the step of preparing a Power of Attorney can either be a convenient tool or an insurance policy protecting against the unexpected.

There was a time when people would grant a Power of Attorney as a matter of convenience. Such steps were taken when people were, perhaps, travelling extensively or lived abroad but needed someone in Scotland to deal with their affairs – someone they trusted who could sign-off documents and progress business without them having to return to Scotland to deal with it. You can still create a Power of Attorney that’ll deal with this. It can be as specific or as general as you wish – and you can revoke it at any time.

However, what this type of Power of Attorney didn’t cover was the situation where you became unable to deal with your own personal or financial affairs through some form of incapacity and this resulted in the advent of the Financial and/or Welfare Power of Attorney.

This type of Power of Attorney would survive such a situation where the former type of “convenience” Power of Attorney wouldn’t and the purpose of a Financial and/or Welfare Power of Attorney (yes, you can have separate or combined versions of these)is to ensure that should you become incapacitated in such a way that you can no longer look after your financial affairs or your welfare needs (or both) then your attorney can do that for you. In fact, in either case, having a Power of Attorney doesn’t prevent you from looking after your own affairs and you can even specify that a Financial and/or Welfare Power of Attorney doesn’t come into effect unless and until you are incapacitated (if ever)!

There is also myth that suggests that you shouldn’t bother about making a Power of Attorney until you reach old age. Nothing could be further from the truth. Accidents can (and do) happen at any time in your life. Should you become incapacitated as a result of such an accident that prevents you from looking after your own affairs, not only will the lack of a Power of Attorney put enormous pressure on your loved ones who have to look after your needs, they may also be required to make an application for a Guardianship order to legally deal with things for you –  and that can prove time consuming and very expensive.

So, there you have it – from a convenient tool to an indispensable insurance policy – a Power of Attorney is flexible, effective and granting one is probably of the most sensible things you’ll ever do.

If you’d like to discuss granting a Power or Attorney or simply want to know more about it and how it can help you, please get in touch using the details at the bottom of the page.

Wallace Quinn’s John Quinn looks to settle score with Kilimanjaro

John and a fellow trekker get ready for the 2014 climb

Wallace Quinn Managing Director John Quinn is off to Africa in March to settle a score with one of the continent’s most famous landmarks. John will be part of a team of Scottish trekkers aiming to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

John attempted to reach the summit in 2014, but began suffering from altitude sickness just hours away from reaching his goal.   The summit of Kilimanjaro is 5895m above sea level, with oxygen levels at the summit nearly half of they are the base.

John and his fellow climbers will be attempting the climb to help raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie.

Donate now at John’s Just Giving Page:

John says,

“I came agonizingly close to the top before having to turn back and so this feels like unfinished business for me.  This time I’m going to take a little longer to make the ascent, which should help me better acclimatise to the falling oxygen levels.  It does give me another opportunity to help raise funds for a hugely important charity in St Andrew’s Hospice and I’m determined to raise as much money as possible and not let this formidable mountain get the better of me for a second time!”

The team will attempt their climb from the western approach to Kilimanjaro along the new Lemosho route where they’ll be sharing the terrain with antelope, buffalo and the odd elephant.  They’ll start in the dense tropical rainforest on a week long journey through five different climatic zones before the final ascent on the Kibo peak, 19,341ft above sea level.

If you’d like to support John and support St Andrew’s Hospice, John has set up a just giving page where you can make a donation.

Or if you’d like to join John on this adventure, or a future St Andrew’s Hospice fundraising expedition, you can find out more at their website.

Wallace Quinn have been a proud supporter of St Andrew’s Hospice since we opened in 1990.  The hospice provides palliative care and support for patients, families and carers.  Although it receives funding from NHS Lanarkshire, the hospice requires to raise at least £4.6million from public donations every year.


Client Briefing – Additional Dwelling Supplement Increase

From 25th January 2019, changes to a tax applied in certain residential property sales come into effect which could impact on homeowners looking to purchase a new home while requiring to sell their existing property.

The Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) has increased from 3% to 4% of the purchase price of a property.  ADS is a tax applied in the purchase of a second or subsequent residential property in addition to the Land & Buildings Transaction Tax payable on the property.

While this tax primarily applies to people buying second homes or those involved in the buy-to-let market, it can also have consequences for the ‘normal’ property market.  If you are an existing home owner looking to move, unless you sell your existing property prior to completing the deal on your new property, you will be liable to pay ADS.  If your current property sells within 18 months, you will be able to reclaim the ADS.

Although ADS in applicable to any second property that sells for more than £40,000, It is important to note that the 4% ADS applies to the entire purchase price of the second property.  On a £200,000 property, this would mean £8000 ADS would be applicable.

Wallace Quinn’s Managing Director John Quinn explains,

“ADS was first introduced as a response to a perception that buy-to-let landlords were buying up property at the lower end of the market, forcing the price up and squeezing first time buyers out of the market. But where it becomes problematic for ordinary home owners is if the sale of their existing property falls through at the last minute, then they would have to find thousands of additional pounds they were not expecting and may not have available before they can complete on their new property.  Once the ADS is paid, the clock starts ticking on an eighteen month window to sell the old property or lose the right to reclaim the money paid in ADS”

Wallace Quinn clients received a full briefing earlier on this month on the changes.   If you want to discuss this further with a solicitor, please contact us for more information.

Wallace Quinn unveil online fee-calculator for new build conveyancing

New-build home-buyers can now generate a conveyancing quote directly from, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

By answering a few questions relating to the property they wish to buy, potential clients can now see all conveyancing fees, outlays and taxes in one place.  This process takes less than a minute and the quote is generated instantly.

The calculator will also allow sales staff on new-build sites to help customers better understand conveyancing charges at the point of home-reservation, meaning no more waiting until Monday morning after a weekend site visit to get information from a solicitor.

Solicitor Mark McBride, Wallace Quinn’s New Build Director says,

“We have a dedicated team in our new build conveyancing department, all of whom will work tirelessly to get our clients into their new home as quickly as possible.   With our online fee calculator, we can furnish potential clients with relevant information on their smartphones before they’ve even left the site after viewing a property.  We recognise that people lead busy lives so our commitment to embracing new technologies means we can do much of the conveyancing process digitally, using email, skype, whatsapp, social media and other digital solutions.  Of course, if they prefer, we can still see clients in person at our offices in Livingston and Baillieston.”  

Over the last few years, Wallace Quinn have established strong relationships with many of the country’s leading home builders and have built a reputation for handling new-build conveyancing with speed, efficiency and attention to detail with a strong customer service.

Mark added,

“It is important to stress that while we’re delighted to be recommended by many market leading builders, we are completely independent of them all.  We will always act in the interests of our clients and be their advocate throughout the conveyancing process.  Digital solutions are a fantastic enhancement to our customer service, but all of our clients will also have a named contact at Wallace Quinn they can speak to at any time.   

 Along with conveyancing fees to purchase new-build property, the calculator can generate conveyancing quotes for selling or part exchanging property.  It can factor in costs associated with “Help To Buy” and “Help To Buy ISAs”.   If clients then want to instruct Wallace Quinn to act for them, they can email the information direct to Wallace Quinn and begin the conveyancing process.

To try the Wallace Quinn new-build conveyancing calculator for yourself, log onto  The calculator is optimised to work on computers, tablets and smartphones.

Next Spanish Property Show – 23 & 24 Feb

Have you ever dreamed of a Spanish Holiday Home by the sea?  Or a retirement villa in the Spanish mountains? 

Wallace Quinn have been helping people purchase property in Spain for over 20 years.

Come and meet our Spanish Property team at a FREE drop in event in Edinburgh on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February 2019.

On hand to advise you on every aspect of Spanish property will be:

Margaret McMillan – Spanish Property Manager

Ignacio Chanza – Solicitor, qualified in both Scotland and Spain (and the honorary Spanish Consul for the North of Scotland)

Neil Spinney – Spanish property sourcing expert

Where:  ESPC, 107 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES

When:  Saturday 23rd February – 10am-4pm / Sunday 24th February 11am-3pm

You can drop in at any time, or book an appointment via or by calling 01506 353400.  Or you can contact the Spanish Property Desk at our Livingston office for free advice at any time.

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Wallace Quinn Charity Event Raises £3600 for St Andrew’s Hospice

John Quinn presents the cheque for £3600 to Maria Leonard
John Quinn presents the cheque for £3600 at St Andrew’s Hospice

UPDATE:  Our Managing Director John Quinn is off to settle a score with Kilimanjaro  to raise more money for St Andrew’s Hospice.  Read more and help him fundraise here.  

Wallace Quinn has long been a supporter of the St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie.  For over thirty years the Hospice has been a hugely important resource for patients, families and carers across Lanarkshire.

We’ve raised money through a variety of fundraising events and this month our Managing Director John Quinn visited the Hospice to present a cheque for £3600.

The money will go towards the Hospice’s ‘Capital Appeal’ – a £9 million pound programme to reconfigure and refurbish the hospice and make it fit for the future.

Karen McFadyen, Capital Appeal Director for St Andrew’s Hospice says,

“Significant changes in how hospice care is delivered is a key factor in our major refurbishment programme and will ensure we can continue to provide safe and quality care for the next thirty years.  The equipment and facilities needed to deliver modern hospice care have considerable changed since we opened in 1986 and take up much more space.  Refurbishing the Hospice will allow us to stay in our current home and continue to care for the patients of North and South Lanarkshire and make our Hospice fit for the future. The upgraded building will enable us to increase the number of single bedded rooms than we have at present, which will allow us to ensure privacy for patients and their loved ones.”

Wallace Quinn Managing Director John Quinn says,

“Wallace Quinn has been supporting St Andrew’s Hospice with fundraising activities since we first opened for business and it an association I know will continue for many years.   The Hospice does a remarkable job of helping individuals and families when they need help the most and it is a real privilege for us to be able to assist in any way we can.”

For this latest event, Wallace Quinn hosted a golf day at Dullatar Golf Club in Cumbernauld.  We invited our suppliers, clients and friends to enter teams of four.   The winning team had a bit of a home advantage, as all of them are members at Dullator – Stuart McKie, Jim Marshall, Steven Freeburn and Jim Hamilton.  The second placed team was from one of our suppliers, Professional Office Supplies, captained by Adrian McKenna.

Well done to everybody for taking part and, as always, our deepest respect and admiration to all the staff and volunteers at St Andrew’s Hospice for their remarkable work.

If you would like to find out how your business could help the Hospice with fundraising, then visit the website to find out more.

New One-Stop Moving Solution for Glasgow’s East End and surrounding areas

Wallace Quinn and Keys Estate Agents have announced an exciting new partnership which will create a one stop shop for property sales, marketing & conveyancing across the East End of Glasgow.

Wallace Quinn have been serving clients across Glasgow since the law firm opened in 1990, offering a range of legal services across home life, work life and personal life – everything from Conveyancing to Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Keys Estate Agents are an independent firm located in the heart of Dennistoun on Alexandra Parade.  Experienced Estate Agent Pamela McLeman acquired the business in 2017 and Keys has grown steadily since then to become one of the leading Estate Agents in the area.

The new tie up will see both businesses remain independent, but combine resources to ensure fast, efficient and profitable property sales for clients.  Wallace Quinn will concentrate on conveyancing – the legal process of buying and selling property – while Keys will concentrate on sales and marketing.

Wallace Quinn’s Managing Director John Quinn says,

“Wallace Quinn’s Estate Agency “For Sale” boards have been a familiar sight across Ballieston for nearly thirty years and we’ve helped thousands of people find their ideal home.  By combining the conveyancing skills of Wallace Quinn’s solicitors with the sales and marketing expertise of Keys Estate Agents, we will offer an unrivalled service that will deliver remarkable results for clients across the area.  I’m looking forward to seeing what I know will become a property powerhouse grow and develop in the coming months and years.” 

Keys Estate Agents Managing Director Pamela McLeman says,

“This partnership plays to the strengths of both companies and I’m delighted that our clients will be able to access the efficient property conveyancing skills of Wallace Quinn while we concentrate on sales and marketing.  Having a strong presence across both Dennistoun and Ballieston will help us offer an unrivalled Estate Agency and conveyancing service.  It is a win-win situation for anybody looking to buy or sell property across the East End of Glasgow and beyond. ”

 If you’re looking to sell a property in Glasgow, then contact Wallace Quinn or Keys Estate Agency on 0141 573 0326.

You can view all current properties for sale at

Wallace Quinn Spanish Property Show Success

wish you were here?Wallace Quinn’s Spanish Property team hosted a Spanish Property Show at the Edinburgh Solicitor’s Property Centre (ESPC) in Edinburgh recently.  Our team answered questions on every aspect of buying property in Spain, from how to navigate the Spanish legal system to finding the perfect location.

At the event was Neil Spinney, our Spanish property sourcing expert with over 30 years estate agency experience both in the UK Spain.  Based in the Costa Blanca, Neil works with a number of leading estate agents throughout Spain and all new build developers, meaning we can offer you a large and varied portfolio of properties.

Also at the event in central Edinburgh was Ignacio Chanza is our Spanish property lawyer, qualified in both Spain and Scotland to practice law.  Ignacio has years of experience and having one person who can answer questions on both legal systems can significantly cut down the time to navigate the often complicated world of international conveyancing.

Wallace Quinn’s Business Development Manager Margaret McMillan says,

“The property market in Spain, like most of Europe, suffered in the financial crash a decade ago but in the last year or so has started to pick up again.  That means there are more new build properties in stunning locations along with some great opportunities with older properties.  If you are serious about buying in Spain, this is the time to do it – there are some remarkable bargains out there but they won’t be on the market at these prices for long.”

Wallace Quinn has been involved in the Spanish property market for almost twenty years, helping match up people with their perfect property in their ideal location.  Our information weekend was the second such event in recent months, and their popularity means they’ll be a regular feature throughout 2019 in both the East and West central belt.

However, you don’t have to wait until the next one to begin your Spanish property adventure.  You can make an appointment to talk with our Spanish property team at any time, or you can get in touch for an informal chat over the phone or via email.

Don’t just dream about embracing a Mediterranean lifestyle – make it happen with a Wallace Quinn sourced Spanish holiday home.