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From the archives - September 2005

Moving in society

President's message: Attending conferences of foreigh legal societies provides a better perspective on our own problems

Pots and kettles

Opinion that Scots lawyers often have a false picture of the role of their system in the world, and there is much we have yet to learn from others - even England

Unseen force

Contributions on the role of paralegals in different sized firms and the moves being made to grade them by qualifications and experience

Licence to let?

New controls on private landlords are coming in under the Antisocial Behaviour Act in an attempt to stamp out nuisance caused by tenants

The cost of a puff

An outline of the key features of the legal agreements involved in developing a wind farm site

Select band

Profiles of the small but dedicated group of Scottish solicitors making their mark in the music industry

Cross-border disputes: a practical way forward?

As a conference in Edinburgh tackles cross-border legal issues in the EU, the author sets the scene, and how the EU relates to the Hague Conventions

No hiding place

Highlights of the UK Information Commissioner's annual report - including his focus on whether legal firms are complying with the Data Protection Act

Safe as houses?

The new opportunities for property investment as part of a pension plan, from "A-Day" in April 2006, and the points to beware of

Close connection

The relationship between risk management and firms' professional indemnity insurance premiums, as renewal date approaches

Criminal Code of Conduct extended

Amendment to code extends definition of "sensitive material" to include a recording of a statement by a vulnerable witness

CRO case study

Client Communication Practice Rules should reduce the number of complaints caused by ineffective communication

Another string to the bow

Experiences of several solicitor reporters in the complaints handling system and why they are enthusiastic about their role

The ultimate sanction?

Latest civil cases, including date of lodging; defences; competency; believed and averred; remedies for delay; recall of decree; expert witnesses

A right and its exercise

Agricultural landlords may have more freedom than some believe, to prepare for a transfer of land without triggering the tenant's right to buy

In good company

Introduction to community interest companies as a new type of company established to trade for the community good

Out of bounds

Sports clubs must be careful to apply the rules when dealing with members' rights

Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Ian Wilson Leitch; Alexander Gilmour Malcolm; William Duncan Copeland

Website reviews

Review of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission's website

Book reviews

Review of Parliament House Portraits: The Art Collection of the Faculty of Advocates

The single survey: why it should be supported

Chair of the group that recommended introducing the single survey answers the critics of the proposed legislation making the survey mandatory

Drafting deeds of conditions - a real burden?

Commentary on the Property Standardisation Group's style deed of servitude and deed of conditions

SDLT online service

Note from the Society on how to set up the online facility for stamp duty land tax returns, just introduced