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From the archives - April 2004

Vibrant and in good heart

President's message: visiting local faculties around Scotland has shown the profession to be in excellent form despite current concerns

Terms of endearment

Many solicitors still dislike terms of engagement letters, but used properly they improve quality, efficiency and even increase fees

Coming out brighter

Report on the key speeches from the 2004 annual conference, devoted to the subject of money laundering

New model army

The issues most relevant to Scots lawyers in the consultation paper for England and Wales published by Sir David Clementi

Offices of profit

Variations in levels of overheads, capital and debtors revealed by the 2003 Cost of Time Survey, and some exercises to determine fee-earners' profitability

When girl meets boy

The Gender Recognition Bill and its effects

A question of identity

Some insights into the genealogist's work in an executry administration

Going for a WEEE? Think again

New regulations mean that everyone will have to dispose of all ageing eletrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally friendly way

Roadshow ahead

Ahead of the 2004 series of the Society's Risk Management Roadshow, a look at some of the topics considered as part of last year's roadshow

Putting theory into practice

Second of two articles on practice management training, explaining how an analytical framework means less time on theory and more for practical examples

Witnessing a new dawn

Interview with Frank Russell, head of the Witness Service in Scotland

Legal aid: audit and QA issues

Scottish Legal Aid Board inspectors have been interpreting regulations in a different way from the Society as respects time recording

Election needed in advance

Implications for the transfer of a going concern of the VAT (Special Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2004

POCA seizure threshold down

The cash seizure minimum threshold amount under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has been lowered to £5,000

Far from incidental

Firms currently authorised by the Society for incidental investment business, and many that are not, are about to be affected by extended regulation of mortgage and insurance advice

Dealing with a fact of life

Profile of the Society's Client Relations Department through its Deputy Director Mary McGowan

Contempt with impunity?

Latest criminal cases, including contempt of court; sentencing discounts; appeals; statements; Moorov rule; human rights

Winding up the Europeans

The English courts have taken a bold approach to jurisdiction under the EU Insolvency Regulation

Green light for Nature Bill?

The Nature Conservation Bill, then completing its passage, makes substantial changes to the protections for sensitive habitats

Website reviews

Reviews of websites concerning matters to do with professional ethics

Book reviews

Review of Criminal Procedure

Keeper's Corner

Update from the Registers, including SDLT; post-feudal burdens; company securities; ARTL; direct debit payments; community interests

The new law of real burdens

Fourth of six-part article on the law of real burdens post-feudal abolition

Housing Improvement Task Force

Further progress towards the single survey pilot scheme