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From the archives - September 2001

President’s report

As a solicitor in rural practice, the President is acutely aware of the difficulties in recruiting newly qualified solicitors

Improving client relations

Recent Society initiatives to assist solicitors with client relations procedures, and a possible model of an internal complaints system

Balancing rights of complainer and accused

Considers the sexual character provisions in the Sexual Offences (Procedure and Evidence) (Scotland) Bill and how the English case R v A might inform debate

Young solicitors shun rural practice

Rural firms are struggling to attract young solicitors to fill assistant level positions, sparking fears of a manpower shortage in outlying firms

Ordinary rule of expenses doesn’t apply

The second part of a review of the role of the sheriff in firearms appeals

Pragmatic approach to voluntary arrangements

Roundup of insolvency issues, including proposals for reform of bankruptcy and continuing difficulties with company voluntary arrangements

Complicating culpable homicide

Latest criminal cases, including road traffic; plagium; culpable homicide; attempts; and various procedural matters

Human Rights Act one year on

Survey of views on what impact the Act has had in its first year of operation

Domain name disputes – all you need to know

First of three articles looks at the relevance of the law of passing off to domain name disputes

Loose ends can lead to claims

The risk of the various matters which arise at the tail end of a transaction being left unattended to and leading to claims

Freedom to obtain medical services abroad

European Court cases on the position of patients who go abroad for hospital treatment, and other recent EU developments

Book reviews

Reviews of Scots Law for Journalists; Children’s Hearings and the Sheriff Court