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From the archives - December 2005

Holes in Scotland's corporate killing proposals

Gaps in the expert working group's proposals could make them unworkable and bad for business

A month of contrasts

President's message: The past month's events offer reasons for optimism, but the Society recognises and shares the real concerns over the future of legal aid

Too small to be flexible?

Small and medium-sized firms can derive practical advantages from flexible working practices just as much as larger firms can

Engine overhaul

Discussion with George Way of the Coulsfield working party on civil justice, on topics canvassed by the group, plus other solicitors' views on how to improve the system

Vital voices revisited

Scottish Executive Justice Department update in advance of the Vulnerable Witnesses Act coming into force as respects adult witnesses

Letting in the law

The rapid growth in regulation of the letting industry means that landlords must tread increasingly carefully if they are to make a return on their investment

Puzzles and paradoxes

As pensions "A-Day" approaches, a look at how the statutory regime is taking shape and the actions advisers should be taking between now and 1 April

Legacy giving in a Scottish climate

Remember A Charity campaign offers a reminder of the benefits to clients and charities of testamentary bequests

New deal for PI claims

Commentary on, and text of, the Voluntary Pre-Action Protocol agreed between the Society and the Forum of Scottish Claims Managers

Data protection crackdown: do you comply?

How to stay legal under the Data Protection Act, as the Information Commissioner targets legal firms that remain unregistered

In real terms

Insurance and risk management aspects of provisions that may be found in draft contracts for provision of legal services

Access route

Interview with Frank Jarvis of the Hamilton In-Court Advice Project, which is waiting to hear whether its initial two-year term will be extended

Young solicitor's Empower award

Award to Jelina Rahman of Livingstone Brown for her work in asylum and immigration despite her own health problems

Better law-making: just lip service?

Member of the Society's Brussels office considers what the UK presidency of the EU has achieved, and the Commission's proposals for simplifying legislation

More from Brussels

Extracts from the Brussels office briefing: Services Directive; foreign language service; succession and wills; Best of Scotland Week

Appealing prospects

Latest criminal cases, including driving causing death; police interviews; prejudicial evidence; sentencing; and pending full bench appeals

The limits of diversification

The Land Court has provided guidance on the diversification provisions of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003, though many areas of doubt remain

Cashing in on the event

As Glasgow bids to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, some recent developments surrounding event organisation

Farewell then common law marriage

Marriage by cohabitation with habit and repute is finally to be consigned to the history books

Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Nicandro Matteo; Alexander Gilmour Malcolm

Website reviews

Some sites to help make the most of Hogmanay and New Year

Book reviews

Review of Companies, International Trade and Human Rights (Dine)

Unveiling the Islamic mortgage

The questions raised by the introduction of Shari'a-compliant mortgages within the context of Scots law