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From the archives - April 2005

Appropriate dispute resolution

This paper, given to the Four Jurisdictions Conference in Nice this year, discusses how family law can make a difference for the better by careful choice of the most suitable method of resolution

Retailers seek effective court action on crime

Scottish Retail Consortium proposes more effective intervention following 3rd Retail Crime Survey

Information and Consultation Regulations

Briefing on the regulations in force from 6 April 2005, covering businesses with more than the prescribed number of employees

New identity for criminal justice body

Scottish Association for the Study of Offending launches by removing "Delinquency" from title

Spring in our step

President's message: A month of positive developments for the profession, to set it up for the big issues waiting in the wings

Continuing to develop CPD

A "reflective learning" approach to CPD would better meet the objectives of the scheme

Future present

Revisiting the 1968 predictions of Charles Fraser for the future of the profession, and trying to project forward from the present day

Securing the future

Main effects of the Pensions Act 2004 and other recent legislation with significant impact on pension rights

The right support

Second article on the 2004 Cost of Time Survey compares staff ratios to profitability and highlights some trends

A wealth of measures

Overview of some of the many important measures in the surprisingly wide-ranging Family Law (Scotland) Bill

Paper-free at last?

Though talk of the paperless office has tended to date to raise a hollow laugh, it is fast becoming something to be taken seriously even by small practices

Adding the muscle

Third article on how to develop a workable strategy explains how to measure how well a business is doing in chosen target areas, compared with other firms

Mark your card

Suggested ways of benchmarking and assessing a firm's risk management performance

AGM report

Report on the main features of the Law Society of Scotland's 2005 AGM

Legal aid: Crown disclosure

How work related to the new arrangements for Crown disclosure will be paid under the legal aid scheme

China for the young at heart

Experiences on attending British Council conference in Beijing "Innovative Young Lawyers in a Rapidly Changing Society"

CRO case study: unsolicited circulars

Client Relations Office policy on complaints related to treatment of unsolicited circular letters

A seat with a view

One young lawyer's experience of a six month secondment during her traineeship to the Law Societies' Brussels office

Drawing the line

Effect of the Court of Appeal ruling in Bowman v Fels on the money laundering disclosure requirements and litigation-related professional privilege

Milestones on a long road

Latest criminal cases, including temporary sheriffs; sentencing and sentencing discounts; non-disclosure by the Crown; drug offences

Jobs or birds?

Legal protections for protected habitats face a particular challenge in the shape of the Lewis Windfarm project

Safe as houses

The new building certification system taking efect from 1 May 2005, and the role of the Scottish Building Standards Agency

Blueprint for the future

The Licensing (Scotland) Bill is as radical as the Nicholson Report, but problems could arise from some provisions

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Ian James Houston; James David Millar; Alan Alexander Craig

Bail pilot takes off

Electronic tagging is being tested as a means of monitoring movement restrictions imposed as a condition of bail

More tales from the Bar

The second in a series of reviews of barristers' websites of interest to solicitors in Scotland

Book reviews

Review of Local Government Law in Scotland (McFadden)

Thin end of the wedge?

Analysis of the reasons for the failure of the Executive's Single Survey Pilot, and discussion of the inevitability of legislation and its possible effect

Keeper's Corner

Current developments on ARTL; updating feudal titles post-abolition; Registers website; Joint Consultative Committee

The best laid plans

A plea for a greater understanding of the role of the business valuer to avoid last-minute "deal breakers" in business sales

PSG's green shoots

A report on the Property Standardisation Group's recent work