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From the archives - May 2003

Scotland's courts face lost generation catastrophe

Warnings that young lawyers in their droves are turning their backs on court practice

Compromise is better option to confrontation

Scottish Legal Aid Board Chairman Jean Couper is attempting to build co-operation and consultation

Date set for reform package

Civil legal aid reform package announced by Justice Minister

Risk and reward await those who go on their own

Solicitors who have set up their own practice talk about the experience

A matter of opinion

Part 1 of a look back over 10 years of giving conveyancing opinions, highlighting recurring issues

Organise workload to make your valuable time count

An internal and external audit will determine whether solicitors are spending their time effectively

Continuity planning takes drama out of a crisis

Continuity planning retains management control when unforeseen events happen and should be an important part of risk management strategy

Pursuers panel advises on professional negligence

Panel members discuss the role of the Pursuers' Panel in providing balanced guidance on professional negligence claims

Client relations

The client relations partner system is highly effective in resolving complaints and can benefit all firms

Platt aiming to push forward

Interview with new President of the Society Joe Platt

Recommended salary rates for trainees

Recommended rates from 1 June 2003

President's column

Author's final message as President again stresses the importance of the profession's core values

Abandonment at common law still competent

Latest civil cases, including decree; abandonment; delay; evidence; interim aliment; proof; summary causes; expenses

Holiday heaven or hell?

Recent appeal decisions on holiday entitlement and holiday pay

Data Protection Act 1998 - what you need to know

Second of two articles providing introductory guidance on the Act

Getting to grips with debt

Recent personal and corporate insolvency reforms on both sides of the border


EU roundup including criminal law; competition policy; company law; employment law

How the leopard changed its spots

Introduction of the tenant's right to purchase into the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill raises important questions


Difficulties facing the Nicholson Committee on licensing law reform

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Report relating to Alistair David Armstrong Shepherd Hall

New powers to disqualify company directors

OFT has published guidance on Competition Disqualification Orders

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Report relating to David Blair-Wilson

Website reviews

More reviews of sites with free case law resources

Book reviews

Review of Profitability and Law Firm Management

Contaminated land must be discussed with clients

The principal mechanisms by which action can be taken regarding contaminated land, including environmental searches and surveys, and scrutiny of title deeds

Property reports service now online

Keeper's Corner, covering Land Register extension; electronic transactions; Land Reform Act; udal law; Registers Direct

Housing tolerable standard variation of criterion

An order has been passed amending the tolerable standard to permit a waterless closet as an alternative to a water closet

Coal Mining Guidance Notes

Recommendation that practitioners consult the Coal Authority website for current guidance on areas in which a search might be appropriate, rather than rely on the 1999 Guidance Notes