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From the archives - January 2011

Prison accommodation for transgender people

Some of the legal and practical implications for transgender people involved in the criminal justice system

Challenge of the new

President's message: whatever 2011 has in store, the year will not be dull, as we can already foresee

An issue that will not die

The problems of definition that concerned the committee of MSPs who considered the End of Life Assistance Bill are not as serious as it made out

Revolution in the making

The increased taxation powers for the Scottish Parliament contained in the Scotland Bill have far-reaching implications, not least for the legal profession

Sasine service

Some advice from Registers of Scotland's sasine team on points that can cause difficulty

The welfare imperative

Developments in Europe could force a fundamental rethink of the application of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

War on the web

The Wikileaks affair raises sharply various questions of legality in relation to computer use and misuse

Payback time

Introduction to community payback orders, which come into force on 1 February 2011 along with the presumption against short prison sentences

Diverse means

Article by a Thyne Scholarship award winner comparing the position in Scotland and the USA regarding diversity in the legal profession, and how it is encouraged

Good and better

How the newly launched LawWorks Scotland aims to dovetail with and enhance pro bono legal work already being done in Scotland

Help where it's needed

Many existing projects that receive pro bono solicitor support remain in need of financial as much as practical help, not least Citizens Advice Scotland

Appreciation: Elaine Tyre

Tribute to the University of Edinburgh's first Director of Professional Legal Studies, who made an immense contribution to legal education in the university and more widely

Forum discusses EU contract law

Report on a seminar hosted by the Society and the Scottish Government on the European Commission's green paper on options for reform

Law reform update

Recent work of the Society's Law Reform Department, with crime, the Scotland Bill and EU proposals featuring strongly this month

Time to take the plunge?

Rather than having to wait for their turn to give evidence, expert witnesses may now find themselves "hot-tubbing" together before a judge or arbitrator

Ask Ash

Advice column: would the court work grass be greener for a disenchanted corporate lawyer?

Money talking

Corporate sponsorship, properly targeted and with carefully defined objectives, can bring measurable benefits to a business

Cut the risk of harm

Latest civil cases, including interim awards ad factum praestandum; onus of proof; contempt of court; expenses; sequestration

Trust rewritten

Careful attention is needed to the new provisions in the Home Owner and Debtor Protection Act, and related regulations, covering sequestration and trust deeds, especially where a house is excluded

Promoting responsibility

The first judicial decision on what constitutes an irresponsible drinks promotion has taken a welcome commonsense approach

Fathers made relevant

The Supreme Court decision in K v Principal Reporter, and its effect on current and pending legislation on appearing before children's hearings

Tread warily: habitats

There are some hundreds of "European sites" in Scotland attracting special protection for species and habitats, and the rules on land use assessment are complex

Forum at the frontiers

A new Scottish case decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne shows the benefits of that body

Website review

Eleven Scots blawggers worth keeping an eye on in 2011

Book reviews

Reviews of Developing Resilience: The Key to Professional Success (Westwood); Drafting Commercial Agreements (Christou); The New Law of Sexual Offences in Scotland (Chalmers)

Signs of the times

A recent sheriff court decision has highlighted the complexity of the current law on enforcement of real burdens, particularly by someone other than a proprietor