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From the archives - April 2013

Fifty shades of lay?

New rules on lay representation introduced this month, taken with the other schemes that continue in force, have resulted in an excessively complicated picture that should be simplified

Employee owners: a view from across the Pond

A report on two interactive seminars on employee ownership, which featured discussions between Scottish professionals and US guru on the subject, Mary Ann Beyster

All change

A neat little illustration of how (not) to go about pushing for change if you want people’s goodwill

EIAs: increasing the impact

Proposals for significant amendments to the environmental impact assessment regime that would add to the requirements on developers, are currently under consideration at EU level

Mooting comes to Strasbourg

Students with an interest in human rights should consider the European Human Rights Moot Court competition, with its final stages held in the Strasbourg court itself

Reading for pleasure

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

Opinion column: Elaine Sutherland

Giving the state sole jurisdiction over marriage would simplify the law, sidestep human rights pitfalls and free couples to celebrate their wedding however they choose


This month's Law Society of Scotland Council member profile: Kirstie MacNeill (Haddington and Borders districts member)

Book reviews

Reviews of Tomorrow's Lawyers (Susskind); Redgrave's Health & Safety

President's column

I have seen for myself the high regard in which Scots law and lawyers are held internationally, but recent Government delays on the ABS front are not helping our reputation

Minimise the risk of rejection

Why some applications to Registers of Scotland are still rejected as faulty, and when the rejection fee may be avoided

Helping with enquiries

A reminder of what RoS's Pre-Registration Enquiry service can do for solicitors, and how it complements other services

Path to growth

He declines to volunteer predictions or to offer management advice, but speaking to the Journal, Brodies’ Bill Drummond, now also chair of the SCDI, leaves some clues for finding business success

New starts for all?

Startup legal practices are increasingly turning to the "cloud" for IT support. Will older firms respond? The Journal's latest IT report looks at the issues

Leveson: alarm bells

Argument that the proposals of the McCluskey expert group on implementing the Leveson report in Scotland will damage the Scottish press

McLeveson: still in balance

A member of the McCluskey expert group defends its proposals against the charge that they pose a threat to press freedom

From Gill to Bill

Key aspects of the current civil court reform consultation on the draft bill to implement proposals from Lord Gill's review

A Budget for aspiration?

The Chancellor's Budget last month contained a number of opportunities for taxpayers - but with some caveats

Too far removed?

Latest criminal cases, including collateral matters; concert; and two on Cadder-related matters

Enough to send you to sleep

Natural justice issues before licensing boards, and the recent consultation on how the system is working

Interest on damages: what rate?

The Inner House has upheld a Lord Ordinary exercising his discretion in departing from the judicial rate of interest where justice demanded

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports relating to Gerard Durkan; Cameron Fyfe; Derrick M Trainer

Let's get personal

Our second article on the role and development of in-house lawyers in a changing professional and market landscape takes an in-depth look at personal development (extended version)

Good hedges make good neighbours

Scotland is finally to have legislation enabling the control of nuisance high hedges, with local and central government being given the crucial decision-making powers

Sep rep: on to the rules

Report of this year's Law Society of Scotland annual general meeting, at which the motion on separate representation proved the main talking point

Ask Ash

Advice column: how frank should I be at my exit interview?

Change management for lobsters

The ability not only to embrace change, but to achieve buy-in from colleagues and manage them through the process is the most important survival tool for partners and managers

How not to win business: a guide for professionals

No 3 in series: ways of failing to exploit potential opportunities with existing clients

Keeping errors in check: 2

How considered use of checklists can be effective in reducing the risk of omissions and oversights which feature in Master Policy claims

Wills at a distance

This month's Professional Practice column deals with "knowing your client" when preparing a will, and the pending regulation of will writers

Law reform roundup

Recent work of the Law Reform Department, including independence referendum; partnership prosecutions; corroboration; sheriff and jury procedure; disabled persons' parking; marriage

Make the survey count

Look out for the Society's latest equality survey, coming your way in May