Back to top
From the archives - October 2006

TUPE passes the buck

Far from providing clarity, the new regulations will need litigation to decide the effect of the insolvency provisions (longer version of October 2006 briefing article)

Survival of the fittest? A reply

Reply to article on selection for Diploma and traineeship places by Michael Torrance in the September 2006 Journal

Channels of communication

President's message: Whatever the context, communication and open dicussion is proving the best way of achieving results

Time to discard the PIPs

The UK Government's U-turn on compulsory home condition reports provided by sellers should be reflected in Scotland by a rethinking on purchasers' information packs

Speaking in the public interest

Report on the "Balancing the Scales of Justice" debate on independence of the profession, with summaries of the keynote speeches

Education's Big Bang

Every aspect of legal education and training is about to come up for grabs as the Society launches its biggest ever consultation exercise

If you can't say anything nice...

The Tommy Sheridan case is only one of four Scottish defamation actions this year that have each thrown up notable issues for the lawyer

Lesbian families, parenthood and contact

Issues in enforcing contact orders against the recalcitrant behaviour of the residence parent, with reference to the recent case involving a lesbian couple

Keep it in the family

A family lawyer calls for the model of the Glasgow family court to be followed in other parts of Scotland

Access for disabled people high on agenda

The Society has held a workshop with disabled people to discuss ways of making its services more acessible

Reminder on prisoner deliveries

A reminder that under the Code of Conduct for Criminal Work, only a business card and legal document should be given to a person in custody

Fee advertising: guideline out for views

Terms of a draft revised practice guideline on advertisements offering fixed rate "legal fees" or similar

Code of Conduct updated

Revised version of paragraph 11 (discrimination) of the Code of Conduct, updated in light of recent legislative changes

End of the peer show

How the peer review system in civil legal aid has worked as the first cycle concludes, with some advice as to the sort of issues that arise most regularly

New chambers challenges Faculty Services

How two advocates seek to shake up the marketing of counsel's services by establishing chambers separate from Faculty Services

Cash without borders

Ongoing EU reforms to create a true European marketplace for retail financial products and services, such as mortgages, should be on solicitors' radars

Fraud - the threat from within

Advice against complacency over the possibility of fraud being perpetrated by a member of staff, and some warning signs to look out for

Note it down - or lose out

File notes and their relevance in relation to the effective management of risk in any legal practice

Balancing privacy and data sharing

Balancing the benefits from efficient data sharing with the need to safeguard individual privacy is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the public sector

Provoking argument

Latest criminal cases, including provocation; sentencing; jury directions; aspects of fairness

To amend or not to amend?

The question facing the Scottish Parliament's Communities Committee as it resumes consideration of the Planning Bill

Purchases under test

The pilot scheme for test purchases of alcohol by those under 18 is throwing up some interesting legal issues

TUPE passes the buck

Far from providing clarity, the new TUPE regulations will need litigation to decide the effect of the insolvency provisions

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Eileen Dommer; David Robert Seagrave

Website reviews

Websites that let you turn long, unwieldy web addresses into something compact

Book reviews

Review of Access Rights and Rights of Way (Paisley)

Law or regulation? The blurring gets more blurred

The in-house lawyer's perspective on whether a line can be drawn between law and regulation

Registers success with direct debit

Scheme reduces returns of deeds and cuts administration