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From the archives - September 2003

The truth is a terrifying commodity

The Scottish court system should continue to move from the confrontational to the investigational

Last orders for drinks licences as we know them

Sheriff Principal Nicholson explains his findings and recommendations for licensing law reform

Inside the Nicholson Report

An examination of the likely impact of the Nicholson Report on the licensed trade sector

The room at the top

Opinions on what barriers are still in place to prevent women reaching the top, as the Society embarks on major research into the role of women in the profession

To protect and serve

The benefits of company directors’ and officers’ liability insurance

All change for stamp duty

What the new land transaction tax means for conveyancing law and how it will affect solicitors

Get an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay

How to get the best out of office support staff

Facing up to threats of action – and learning

Guidance on action to be taken in the event of a potential claim arising – defending the claim and risk management steps

How to make other people run your IT smoothly

The pitfalls to avoid when outsourcing IT and how to make the contract work best for you

Scottish Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund

A recommendation to take measures to prevent fraudulent instructions to transfer money from a solicitor’s client account

Special General Meeting

Report of the special general meeting of the Society held on 29 August 2003

Client care goes live

The President’s answers to questions on the aims and operation of the new client relations system

Praise on anti-money laundering efforts

NCIS-backed guidance will help the profession keep up its good record in reporting suspicious transactions

SDLT concession

A solution to the question how to achieve same-day registration of title under the stamp duty land tax regime has been agreed with the Inland Revenue

Sheriff’s notes not recoverable

Latest civil roundup, including recovering a sheriff’s notes; claim made after decree; note of appeal; expert witnesses; expenses

Restoration or castles in the air?

More modern and unconventional choices are increasingly being made in listing buildings

Marquess of Queensberry rules

Description of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and its role in settling sporting disputes

Website reviews

Reviews of the Scottish law school websites

Book reviews

Review of The Law Society of Ireland 1852-2002

Conveyancers asked to order early reports

The Coal Authority’s commercial manager reports on the enhanced coal mining reports service

Conservation burdens

The procedure for applying for conservation body status under the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 has been announced