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From the archives - November 2007

The shape of your future

President's message: the consultation on business structures raises issues as fundamental as whether we want a legal profession, and if so, what it might look like

The law and the forum

Opinion that family lawyers should continue the public sharing of ideas in order to achieve the most effective methods of dispute resolution

End of the line?

Defence lawyers claim that Scottish Legal Aid Board proposals to reform summary criminal payments will be the final straw that drives them out of business

Summary justice: the big picture

The first of four articles on the summary criminal justice reforms sets out the aims of the legislation and the main procedural reforms

Now it's your turn

Summary of the Law Society of Scotland's consultation paper on alternative business structures, now open to comment from all solicitors and other interested parties

Flying south

Accounts of, or from, Scottish solicitors who have tried legal work in southern hemisphere countries

Legal rights and the black sheep

A view as to proper practice where executors seek to deny the child of a deceased, left out of the will, information they need in order to decide whether to claim legal rights

TARGETjobs targets students

Scotland's first careers product for undergraduates interested in a legal career has been launched by careers publisher GTI, supported by the Society

New practice rules

Two sets of rules, one to amend the Accounts Rules in light of the money laundering changes, and one dealing with complaints after a practice ceases, are coming into force

Money laundering: help at hand

The Society has produced new guidance on the Money Laundering Regulations which come into force on 15 December

George Heriot's School's Foundation

The Foundation has extended its provision of free education to the children of widows in Edinburgh and Lothians, to also now cover bereaved fathers

Mediation innovation

Several member states are trying out new forms of dispute resolution, as the EU itself proposes a directive to improve the operation of cross-border trade

Witnesses Act for civil cases

With the Vulnerable Witnesses Act now in force for civil cases, the Witness Service is offering certain facilities to such witnesses for an initial six month period

Counting on your CA

An accountant's view that solicitors can benefit from his profession's experience as they address the challenges they now face in planning for the future

The risk of paper cuts

"Paperless" office operation has its benefits, but risks can arise and risk management measures should be adopted to control them

Society hits the Net at Murrayfield

Report on another popular, and innovative, "Nothing but the Net" conference, this year held at Murrayfield stadium

Leading the charge

Latest civil cases, including sist pending other litigation; recovery of documents; late amendment; delay; family actions; diligence; sequestration

Computer says no

An update on the latest proposals to reform the Child Support Agency

Who, what, where, when, why?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has provided further guidance on what is required information when conducting consultation over redundancies

Getting in on the Act

Much of the Companies Act 2006 has now come into force, but it appears that existing companies have to take action if they wish to benefit from its streamlined procedures

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Alexander Gilmour Malcolm; Messrs Robertson & Ross; Messrs Carruthers & Co; David George Robertson

Website reviews

Review of the site of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, which combines those of its statutory predecessors

Book reviews

Review of Mental Health, Incapacity and the Law in Scotland (Patrick)

Well funded work

The technical side of the in-house lawyer's role in the asset management industry

PSG offers an offer

Introducing the Property Standardisation Group's latest form of standard document, an offer to sell commercial property