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From the archives - May 2008

Up for the challenge

President's message: the changing role of the Society is reflected in the issues that dominate the scene this month, beginning with the imminent AGM

Paralegal regulation - why?

All solicitors have an interest to support the project to regulate paralegals, and to take advantage of the scheme finally approved

Faith in the law

Author outlines aspects of Islamic Sharia family law and suggests that despite recent controversy, the subject of its recognition by UK courts deserves serious debate

ARTL: The Full Monty

Registers of Scotland announces the first full property transfer using the ARTL system, and provides updates on stamp duty land tax and personal bankruptcy

Giving their all

The round table discussion when experts involved in the charity sector met at the invitation of the Journal and Scott-Moncrieff CA to discuss current issues

Full of the joys of spring?

Article from LawCare highlighting the need for support and understanding by employers for those suffering from depression

A backward advance

Argument that the government proposals for investigating alleged misconduct by a judge are badly thought out and liable to weaken the judiciary

Sheriffs behaving badly

Argument that too little opportunity exists to review judicial performance, and the profession and public should not have to put up with bad behaviour from the bench

Summary trials: deciding the facts

Third and final article in the series explores the role of advocacy in a court's decisions about the facts, and the ways in which courts compare and weigh the evidence

Soft law, hard edge?

A new UN report is likely to increase the legal pressures on business to conform to, and promote, international standards of human rights

Hands-on chief

Interview with the current President, who has already held office for over six months at a time when he originally thought he would be preparing to take over

Legal aid: talks go on

Concessions by the Scottish Government in relation to summary criminal legal aid fees, and the outlook for further talks

Regulator replaces Communities Scotland

Communities Scotland has been abolished and its inspection function taken over by the Scottish Housing Regulator

Clancy flies the flag in Illinois

Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Society, addressed the Illinois St Andrew Society as part of the United States' Scotland Week celebrations

Election of members of Council 2008

Results of the constituency elections held this year

World semi for Dundee students

Two Diploma students at Dundee University reached the semi-finals of the International Client Counselling Competition

Court marks Lord Macfadyen's passing

Report of the tribute to Lord Macfadyen paid in the Court of Session by the Lord President

From the Brussels office

Updates on the Rome I Regulation; antitrust damages claims; mediation in cross-border disputes

A new framework for Europe

Survey of the Treaty of Lisbon, in particular its enhanced role for national parliaments in making EU legislation - if it survives the ratification process

The ABCs of SEO

Authors' guide to the basics of search engine optimisation - how to optimise the chances of attracting business through your website

Creating an award winning legal website

An inside view of the website that won this year's Legal Website of the Year award at the Scottish Legal Awards

This means war

Society-hosted seminars on "Retaining Talent" advise employers how to improve their prospects of retaining staff against a predicted shortage of quality people

Feeling the draft?

Consideration, by reference to case studies, of how the risk of claims arising from drafting errors, omissions and ambiguities can be minimised

Audience on your side

Latest civil cases, including rights of audience; duties to the court; evidence; summary cause and small claim procedure

The reason of age?

Two employment tribunal cases highlight the importance of proper proof in defending age discrimination claims

The benefit burden

A dangerous trap exists for separated parents receiving child-related benefits, who agree to share care of their child

Signing away family rights

Authors highlight an issue over renunciations of rights in an intestate estate which is causing difficulty in obtaining bonds of caution

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Margaret McAfee; Michael Gordon Robson; Louise Ranee Koulaouzos; Mary-Rose McLean; Iain John Smith Vaughan

Website reviews

Reviews of sites of mail service providers

Book reviews

Review of Why Women Mean Business (Wittenberg-Cox and Maitland)

A better buy

The Minister for Communities responds to the critique of home reports, seeking to dispel misconceptions and arguing that we should welcome the reports

Tenders: a better way

The Procurement Directorate's new enquiry and dispute resolution service, aimed at providing better and more consistent tendering practice across the public sector