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From the archives - December 2004

Dear Father Christmas

President's message: he is pleased at the quality of lay members of the Society's committees, and hopes that Santa will bring a few good things for 2005

The stupidest in the world?

Juries have their limitations and we must not ask them to take on lengthy and complex cases

No butts, no doubts, no regrets

Specialists from the human rights, licensing and employment fields give their perspectives on the proposed ban on smoking in enclosed public places

Bigger Brother

The Government's plans for ID cards go further than schemes in other countries and could involve an infringement of the article 8 right to private life

Born to instruct

Introduction to the Society's newly launched Child Protection and Representation Principles for Children's Lawyers

Caught in the net

Outline of the structure of the pre-owned assets tax

A defining era

Author's view that the Charities and Trustee Investment Bill lacks some essential safeguards likely to be enacted in its English counterpart

12 tips for Christmas networking

Advice on how to make the most of those seasonal networking opportunities

Phoning for nothing and your clicks for free

Author's view that it is time the profession woke up to internet telephony

Be prepared

The need for business continuity planning and how addressing just a few issues can make a worthwhile difference

Legal aid: paying counsel's fees

Guidance on when the Scottish Legal Aid Board will pay counsel direct and when their fees will be assessed as a solicitor's outlay

Some fine tuning

Latest criminal cases, including sentencing; deceased's statements; right to speak last; no case to answer; corroboration; surveillance

Brave new world

Description of how the new EU subsidy regime will work from 2005

Are all bets off for BHB?

A ruling by the European Court has restricted the protection given to database rights, to the prejudice of some sporting governing bodies

Clash of the Conventions

The Inner House in ITP v Coflexip has confirmed that the Human Rights Convention cannot be invoked against an international body such as the European Patent Office

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Patrick John Angus; Ajaz Mohammed Hussain; David Richard Blair Lyons

Website reviews

Reviews of sites concerned with law reform relevant to Scotland

Book reviews

Reviews of Lafferty, It's the Law; Ward, Adult Incapacity

Farming right to buy

The tenant's right to buy, enacted in the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 is coming into force