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From the archives - February 2001

President’s report

The Scottish justice system can be proud of the way it handled the Lockerbie trial

Society offers free websites to solicitors

The Society has launched a free service to solicitors who would like to have a website but have not yet managed to set one up

Postgraduate scholarship

Stair Society has established a scholarship to promote postgraduate research in the history of Scots law

The Lockerbie trial and article 10

Author argues that we would have been better placed to form an accurate opinion of the handling of the Lockerbie trial if the proceedings had been broadcast

Sheriffs reclaim a role in commercial actions

The salient features of an Act of Sederunt introducing a bespoke procedure for commercial actions in certain sheriff courts

Why become a solicitor if you want to do banking?

Cost of time survey reveals that Glasgow solicitors take a more commercial outlook towards collecting outlays from clients than Edinburgh solicitors

Promoting paralegals

Interview with Lynda Graham, President of the Scottish Paralegal Association

Code cracks unified regulation

A code of conduct regulating processing personal data in the workplace will give employers plenty to think about

Substitute land and charge certificates

The Registers’ policy on substitute certificates, and the possible introduction of strict evidential requirements to prove loss or destruction

Legal responsibilities for gas safety

The legal responsibilities of landlords, managing agents and tenants for gas safety in residential properties

Robust self analysis the key to change

Interview with Law Society of Scotland Chief Executive Douglas Mill

Don’t trust your memory

There are risks in relying even on a good memory rather than checking the file and documentation

Nice Summit: the road to enlargement

EU update: mainly the Nice Summit; also competition; funding opportunities

Book reviews

Reviews of The Governance of Scotland; Achieving Best Practice

Around the houses

A preview of the new sessions in the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments