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From the archives - July 2011

Employee ownership: untapped succession solution for legal firms

How ABS could mean the solution to a smaller firm's succession issues

Cash call: cornering the council tax

Are Scotland’s local authorities making the most of the powers at their disposal to maximise the efficient collection of council tax due?

Tobacco Act sound

Letter on April 2011 licensing briefing, and author's reply

Public profile

President's message: the first month in office has seen an unexpected level of media exposure as the Society stands up for professional values and sound law

Too much heat, not enough light

Opinion that effective statutory and common law sanctions, and potentially more severe penalties, already exist for the type of conduct targeted by the Scottish Government's anti-sectarianism bill

Newly hatched

On the Society's figures, about one in five of last year's newly qualified solicitors are not currently working in the profession. What are the prospects this year, and what can NQs do to get a foot on the ladder?

Money matters

Registers of Scotland page: effects of the rejection charge; masterclasses on development land

Families in fear

The various Acts recently passed by the Scottish Parliament to strengthen protection against abusive domestic relationships, do not display a consistent approach to the scope of protection

Get out of jail?

Keen to encourage legal representation of prisoners at its hearings, the Parole Board for Scotland offers some guidance for solicitors who may not be familiar with how it operates

People's choice

Winning entry in the 2011 student essay competition organised by the Society in conjunction with the Scottish Parliament, on which Scottish Law Commission report should be taken forward for implementation

E for explanation

Concerns that the European Court of Human Rights had ruled against the ethos of the Child Abduction Convention have been eased following a new decision of the UK Supreme Court

Who's Who in Corporate Insolvency

As the economy continues to languish, the Journal's latest Who's Who feature highlights those who specialise in advising businesses in financial difficulties

Care with sensitive case papers

Criminal Law Committee warns defence agents against having case documents containing sensitive material photocopied at premises outwith the agent's control

Bullying: time to crack down

Research for the Society indicates a continuing level of bullying within the profession, with both a human and a financial cost. The Society has responded with guidance on tackling the problem

SYLA reports successful year

2010-11 was a year in which the committee's planned events proved highly popular

Middle East: back to growth

Despite recent turbulence, the Middle East remains a region of opportunity for legal firms, as a recent seminar organised by the Society for Scotland's larger practices confirmed

Sheriff court auditor role to be restricted

From 30 April 2012, auditors employed by Scottish Court Service will be barred from undertaking private work

Law reform update

Recent work of the Society's Law Reform Department, featuring the anti-sectarianism bill; UK Supreme Court; EU contract and accused's rights; competition; consumer redress; trusts; and more

From the Brussels office

Latest EU developments on criminal justice (victims); Single Market in IP rights

Solicitor's guide to internet porn

Internet pornography use by employees is a growing problem, and effectively a form of addiction which cannot be combated simply by workplace prohibitions

Ask Ash

Advice column: I want to cut back on spending, but a partner insists that we all fork out on things he decides to do

Data sharing – the good practice guide

A new code of practice from the Information Commissioner should be studied by all organisations that hold and may need to share personal information, internally or with other bodies

Legal Risks – a conference reviewed

Some of the key issues to emerge from the Legal Risks Conference, a new Update event providing a comprehensive programme addressing risk issues

Long-term solutions

Latest civil cases, including interim interdict; amendment; damages for catastrophic injury and for children; family actions (including expenses); liquidation

Removing hardship?

New regulations see a 14-day "charge for removing" made mandatory in Scottish evictions, along with other procedures

18 or 21?

Beware of subtle attempts to undermine the Scottish Parliament's decision not to set a higher minimum age for off-sale purchases

Lenders in the shade

A case from Australia suggests that lenders can bring some influence to bear on a company director without becoming liable as shadow directors

Demolition derby

An English Court of Appeal case is forcing a rethink of permissions and procedures in relation to authorisation of demolition

Time to come clean

A new initiative encourages businesses to self-report bribery and corruption that they have discovered within their organisation

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports of cases relating to Donald Macaulay Johnson; Grant O'Connor

Website review

Reviews of websites concerning the Scottish jury

Book reviews

Reviews of Scots Law for Journalists, 8th ed (McInnes); Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine

Going the distance

Profile of the in-house legal team for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, who with three years to go are flat out to have everything in place in time

Fashion retailing comes to court

Property case update on the back letter sought to be enforced by the Ralph Lauren company; and an English decision affecting buy-to-let purchasers