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From the archives - May 2014

Immigration: where British nationals lose out

European Economic Area nationals are better placed than British nationals in relation to immigration of family members who are third country nationals

Family actions: be prepared

The sometimes overlooked family action procedure rules that now require parties to take certain steps before a case comes to court, on pain of sanctions

The psychology of post-adoption contact

A study of the different types of post-adoption contact, and the criteria by which a psychologist may make a recommendation in a disputed case

Attack vectors into the law: Heartbleed

How should solicitors respond to the discovery of the Heartbleed bug? Our series on IT threats continues

When family farming partnerships go wrong

A cautionary tale of a business with a flawed partnership agreement

Reading for pleasure

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

Opinion: Gillian Mawdsley

As the nation marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, should we not erect a memorial to those lawyers who gave their lives for their country?


This month's profile features Richard Hothersall, member of the newly formed Energy Law Committee

Book reviews

Reviews of Planning; Scots Law Tales

President's column

Reflecting on the important work of the past year, and the handover to incoming office bearers – with an immense thank you to all for help and support during the year

The results are in

Registers of Scotland page: end of year registration results; annual customer survey results

The best medicine?

What issues in the independence debate are of most concern to lawyers? If the “Scotland's Constitutional Future” conference is anything to go by, they are as diverse as the profession

LBTT: key points for solicitors

Revenue Scotland page: some of the main features of the tax that replaces stamp duty land tax in Scotland from next April

Courts: why the reforms add up

The Minister for Legal Affairs addresses some of the concerns expressed in April's lead feature regarding resources and whether the reforms will impede access to justice

Unfinished business

Interview with incoming President, Alistair Morris, the longest serving Council member: have the changes that he wanted happened, and where should the Society go next?

The voice of technology

In association with Voice Technologies: Scottish law firm sees flexible remote working with iPhone dictation

Capacity: a growing issue

A few points of interest from the important conference co-hosted by the Society, reviewing the law dealing with support for adults with mental health or incapacity issues

Charities and the rise of social enterprises

The importance of social enterprises to charities – and other organisations – is growing, as is their likely need for legal advice

Referendum – the rules of debate

OSCR's chief executive urges the profession to help charities plan for the referendum – if they haven't already done so

Rewriting the rules

Latest civil cases, including calling; preparation; amendment; division and sale; expenses; preliminary pleas; expert witnesses; interlocutors; mora – and the SCJC rules rewrite interim report

Family leave – bedevilled by detail

The effect of pending changes to flexible working and the introduction of shared parental leave

Strictly confidential?

Possible measures to take when clients become publicity shy in relation to their divorce

Budget: your flexible friend

Main points of the new flexibility in ways to take your pension, announced in the Budget

Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal

Reports of cases relating to Raymond George Mallon; David Robert Lingard; John Charles Nason Craxton

Food for thought

Interview with the in-house counsel of Baxters Food Group, who also chairs the ILG's new North East Network

The consumer protection challenge

Why solicitor estate agents need to take very seriously the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

People on the move

Collected news of new appointments and practice changes

Ask us another

Professional Practice column: already highly regarded and well used by solicitors, the team is still seeking to increase its service level

Healthy discord

The Word of Gold: successful firms ascend through dissent

Claims, trends and targets

Key trends in claims experience and current risks identified in the latest Master Policy Annual Report

Ask Ash

Advice column: I don't like the office politics in my new job

Law reform roundup

Recent work of the Law Reform Department, including home reports; Historic Environment Scotland Bill; energy law; carers; criminal justice

Cost of Time 2014: survey now open

Invitation to take part in the survey, which brings benefits to firms and to the profession as a whole