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From the archives - December 2001

President’s report

Ensuring the highest quality of legal aid is a common purpose of the Society, SLAB and the Executive

Conveyancing Committee

Committee’s view of the proper practice on delivering the disposition and titles at time of settlement

Removing qualified matrimonial homes notes

Keeper’s policy on removing such notes from title sheets

Bright future in private client work

Author believes that reports of the death of private client work as a source of profitable business have been greatly exaggerated

Generating profits in larger firms

Cost of time survey results for larger firms indicate that a better support staff ratio is likely to result in lower costs per fee earner

The Glasgow drug court

A sheriff presiding in the Glasgow drug court rectifies some of the myths and misinformation about the court

Time to think again

The perception of political influences in relation to the possible prosecution of former First Minister Henry McLeish

Navigating the media maze

Solicitors need to be media-sentient, both in the interests of advising their clients and promoting their firm’s services

Legal aid for employment tribunals – at last

Media coverage of the move to extend the availability of legal aid to employment tribunals was typically myopic, reports Roger Mackenzie Ken Hogg describes the background to the Executive’s d

Winning pitches, or learning when to shut up

Advice on a new problem for many professionals – being asked by clients to “pitch” for work

All I want for Christmas is some PKI – I think

The Law Society of Scotland is well ahead of the digital “signatures” game, say the authors; Scottish solicitors must keep up with developments

Time for fundamental review of children’s evidence

Latest criminal cases, including ECHR cases; corroboration; expert witnesses; sentencing; contempt

Risks in advising spouses – the Etridge effect

The risk management issues for practitioners flowing from the decision in Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge

European update

EU developments in money laundering; data protection; employment; criminal law; justice and home affairs; company law and financial services

Book reviews

Reviews of Banking Law in Scotland; Restorative Justice Ideas, Values, Debates