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From the archives - January 2003

Education law helpline

Govan Law Centre has opened a national Education Law Unit to assist those who advise children with special educational needs and their parents

Court fee exemptions

Advice in response to difficulties still being faced in some cases with clients who should be exempt being charged court fees

Notarial fees in England and Wales

Solicitors should consider whether documents sent for signature in England need to be notarised as it will cost much less to have it signed before a solicitor

The Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is to apply to all solicitors whether or not they hold a practicing certificate

Purchase of accident claims

The Professional Practice Committee is of the view that it would breach the Fee Sharing Rules for solicitors to purchase accident claims from claims companies

Investment business – destruction of files

The Professional Practice Committee believes that files in relation to endowment investment business should be retained until the policy has matured

New system recommended for asbestos cases

Justice 2 Committee recommends fast track system of justice for asbestos sufferers and other terminally ill people bringing personal injury claims

Variant CJD Trust – no fault compensation

Description of the trust set up to administer the government compensation scheme and the method of making a claim

Obituary: John Downie Herd

Obituary: John Downie Herd

Obituary: Bill Liddell

Obituary: Bill Liddell

The tyranny of fact pleadings

American academic argues that Scottish pleadings, relying on advance knowledge, favour defenders and over-deter pursuers

Bringing human rights to the prison population

Tony Kelly, solicitor, talks about cases brought by prisoners alleging that conditions in prison breach human rights

Pragmatic solutions to udal law

Keeper’s update in issues including the Insolvency Act 2000, udal law and ARTL

Take care framing pleas in law

Latest civil cases, including pleadings; evidence; decrees by default; separation of proof; expenses

Everything but the kitchen sink?

The issue of database rights continues to be applied inconsistently by courts across the EU

Serving solicitors in time of need

Chairman of Legal Defence Union talks about the benefits of membership, which remains at a disappointing level

Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Richard John Hogarth Hetherington; Robert Alistair Young

Website reviews

Reviews of sites relating to tax law

Rough guide to controlling critical dates

Practical risk management issues that ought to assist in preventing time bar problems identified in previous month’s article


EU roundup on civil law and competition law, and report of President’s welcome to Solicitor General at Brussels office

Plain speaking

Part 7 of a series encouraging lawyers to use plain language in dealings with clients (punctuation)

Book reviews

Review of Family Law in Scotland