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From the archives - January 2012

Reading for pleasure

This month's selection of leisure reading from the Journal's Book Review Editor

IP: the call of the south

IP litigators at London firm Bristows make a case for the revamped Patents County Court as a forum for settling disputes from any part of the UK

IP: home advantage

The case why the Court of Session remains at least as good an option as the Patents County Court, with or without the proposed European Unitary Community Patent regime

Forcing: the issues

How will the Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act operate in practice? Some pointers from a family law specialist

Construction disputes: what of mediation?

Recent research shows a growth in mediation in the construction area, but potential for more – and some marked differences in views between solicitors and clients

The key to effective trainee development

Research demonstrates that learning through application is the key to the effective development of trainees: is the PEAT 2 regime a step forward?


It is time to debate whether we should abolish the rule that permits the same solicitor to act for both borrower and lender

Book reviews

Reviews of The Naked Lawyer - RIP to XXX (Lghtfoot), Annotated Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

Council profile

This month's Law Society of Scotland Council member profile: Oliver Adair (Hamilton & Lanark)

President's column

The Society's staff deserve credit for their achievements in an extraordinary year of pressure and change, building a platform for moving forward

Register reborn

Registers of Scotland page: the Keeper and RoS's team leader on the Land Registration (Scotland) Bill give an interview over the Bill's aims and key features

Justice at stake

In atempting to map out the future of litigation funding in Scotland, the Taylor review is taking up where Lord Gill left off. The Journal interviews the man in charge

A matter of life and death

Issues raised in two recent fatal accident inquiries focus on the role and responsibilities of the Fire & Rescue Service

The future is Brightcrew?

Has this now famous Glasgow lap-dancing case really revealed much more than expected?

Safe keeping

Document storage has grown into a sophisticated modern industry, with many features that make it an attractive option for solicitors whose old files are posing a problem

Always something new

Latest civil cases, including personal injuries procedure; right to be heard; party litigants; and expenses; along with new rules on certification for counsel

Control switches

Recent and important regulatory moves on planning obligations/s 75 agreements, listed buildings and the control of demolition

Hard cases

Sanctions for failed test purchases are not being applied so as to recognise good practice

Whose law rules?

The Court of Session has had to consider conflict of laws issues arising from the collapse of the Icelandic banks

Service complaint figures

The emerging pattern of case disposals, settlements and awards at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports of cases relating to Alexander Jack Morrison; Antony David Murphy

Mora no more?

Scottish rules on the time within which judicial review of decisions by planning authorities should be sought are ripe for revision in the light of recent CJEU and English decisions

Head in the cloud - feet on the ground

Introducing the Society's new guidelines for firms thinking of procuring cloud computing sercvices

Crown offers safer mail

Criminal defence solicitors can improve the speed, security and economy of their communications with the Crown by signing up to a new secure email service

Law reform roundup

Recent work of the Society's Law Reform Department, including UK Bill of Rights; land registration; children and young people; alcohol (minimum pricing)

CPD competition

Give yourself a chance to win a valuable prize by submitting a CPD plan with networking as a feature

Don't be tempted!

Despite the continuing challenges of the current economic climate, this is not the time to relax risk management systems and procedures

Ask Ash

Advice column: My boss expects me to put up with a degree of flirting from clients at social events, but I don't agree. What should I do?

Preparing for spring

Six questions with which to review your business model - now is a good time, even if economic recovery still seems distant