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From the archives - May 2011

Experience not to be missed

President's message: despite all the controversies, it has been an extremely rewarding year as President, helped by colleagues in the profession and the Society's staff

Call in the experts

The Supreme Court's decision to remove expert witness immunity from suit will create undesirable uncertainty in Scotland, and the law should be urgently reviewed

Planning to deliver

Registers of Scotland page: corporate plan for 2011-2014; first registration legacy target outcome

Stars of the future

The impact on legal practices and solicitors, practising and intending, of the new Diploma and traineeship rules, which have their "Big Bang" after the summer

Registered Paralegal Scheme hits the mark

The Society's new scheme, run in conjunction with the Scottish Paralegal Association, is proving popular but still needs to be more widely known

CPD: a personal quest

The Society has also taken a fresh look at the CPD requirements, and the pending changes should work to solicitors' advantage

Wha's like us?

Lord Carloway's review of criminal evidence and procdure issues arising in the wake of the Cadder case has published a consultation paper which raises some fundamental issues but with limited time to respond

Holyrood: a verdict

Headline views from a recently published critical appraisal of the Scottish Parliament's lawmaking efforts in the years since devolution

Public ethos

Interview with incoming President Cameron Ritchie, who is hopeful that despite recent traumas the Society is improving its engagement with members and other bodies who represent them

Power in name only?

The Society's Mental Health & Disability Law Committee is appealing for instances of cases where banks are failing to give proper effect to continuing powers of attorney

From the Brussels office

Latest EU developments on the small business review; and rights of the child

Minority voices

New research carried out for the Society into experiences of ethnic minority solicitors suggests an improving position but one still far from ideal

Law reform update

Recent work of the Society's Law Reform Department, featuring taxi etc licensing, equality, criminal law, pensions, child maintenance, policing, employment, patents, judicial factors, legal services

Quinn Direct - when to intimate?

A note from the Insurance Committee on a question regarding intimation of circumstances

Name your price

With clients increasingly seeking fixed fee quotations, can legal practices respond and still remain profitable? Solicitors and consultants around the country give their views

Ask Ash

Advice column: should I be expected to attend work social and team bonding events in addition to putting in long hours?

Communication breakdown - a major risk issue

Why communication is a major risk issue for solicitors, and how the risk of claims and complaints arising from communication failures may be minimised

Interested parties

Latest civil cases, including title and interest to sue; separate defenders and grounds of action; interim interdict; minutes to sist; appeals

Support from afar

The law regarding maintenance obligations with a cross border element in the EU is about to change

Plus ça change?

Some practical challenges for legal firms and their clients posed by the TUPE Regulations, in relation to client tenders and other potential service transfers

Where the state has to stop

What the Protection of Freedoms Bill 2011 means for Scotland

A NEST egg?

More details have been published about the National Employment Savings Trust, an option for employers when pension provision for employees becomes compulsory next year

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports of cases relating to Richard Allan Sandeman; Paul Saunders Jardine

Website review

A brace of websites looking at the law from many years ago

Book reviews

Reviews of Law Making and the Scottish Parliament: The Early Years (ed Sutherland and others); Cybercrimes: A Multidisciplinary Analysis (ed Ghosh and Turrini); Boundaries of the Criminal Law (Duff and others)

Above board

A guide to the Government's Final Guidance on the Bribery Act 2010, which comes into force on 1 July 2011

Ruaig an Fhèidh

The prospects for a challenge to the legislation on which the crofters of the Pairc Estate rely in their land rights dispute with their landlord

The price of breach

A recent decision has negatived an attempt to seek payment of the price due under concluded missives without entry having been taken