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Trusts (Scotland) Act 1921

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[F14BExercise of power of investment: power to appoint nomineesS

(1)The trustees of a trust may, for the purpose of exercising the power of investment under section 4(1)(ea) of this Act—

(a)appoint a person to act as their nominee in relation to such of the trust estate, heritable as well as moveable, as they may determine, and

(b)take such steps as are necessary to secure the transfer of title to that property to their nominee.

(2)A person may not be appointed as a nominee unless the trustees reasonably believe—

(a)that the appointment is appropriate in the circumstances of the trust, and

(b)that the proposed nominee has the skills, knowledge and expertise that it is reasonable to expect of a person acting as a nominee.

(3)The power to appoint a nominee is subject to any restriction or exclusion imposed by or under—

(a)the trust deed, or

(b)any enactment (within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46)).

(4)An appointment as a nominee shall—

(a)be made in writing,

(b)be subject to the trustees' retaining power to—

(i)direct the nominee, and

(ii)revoke the nominee's appointment, and

(c)subject to subsection (4), otherwise be on such terms as to suitable remuneration and other matters as the trustees may determine.

(5)The trustees may not appoint a nominee on any of the following terms unless it is reasonably necessary for them to do so—

(a)a term permitting the nominee to appoint a substitute,

(b)a term restricting the liability of the nominee, or of any substitute, to the trustees or to any beneficiary,

(c)a term permitting the nominee, or any substitute, to act in circumstances capable of giving rise to a conflict of interest.

(6)While a nominee continues to act for the trust, the trustees shall—

(a)keep under review the arrangements under which the nominee acts and how those arrangements are being put into effect,

(b)if circumstances make it appropriate to do so, consider whether there is a need to exercise their power—

(i)to direct the nominee, or

(ii)to revoke the nominee's appointment, and

(c)exercise either or both of those powers if they consider that there is a need to do so.]

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