From the archives - August 2014
To challenge may not be easy, but may be professionally required, says the Society's Equality Committee
The importance of careful wording of job advertisements to avoid advertising an intention to discriminate
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 contains important changes that advisers need to know in order to avoid hopeless applications
A guide to the complex planning and regulatory requirements surrounding marine fish farming in Scotland
Who decides on the burial of the deceased, the widow or the executor? The latest decision in a long running saga
Past behaviour of a parent is not the sole focus in a permanence application
The fuller opinion article on the penalties imposed by the Information Commissioner for loss of personal data
This month's selection of leisure reading chosen by the Journal's Book Review Editor
Despite an adverse appeal ruling a year ago, the Information Commissioner's Office has yet to review its approach to monetary penalties for failures to protect non-sensitive personal data
Reviews of Final Judgment: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court (Paterson); Human Rights and the United Kingdom Supreme Court (Dickson)
This month's Council profile features newly elected Edinburgh member Vikki Melville
Events since the Commonwealth Games continue to provide an international flavour; and the Society's role in promoting an informed referendum debate will continue right up to the vote
Registers of Scotland page: completion of Land Register; crofting photo competition; notifications information; appointment
Collected news of new appointments and practice changes
Was emergency legislation to permit continued retention of communications data needed, or justified? Does it simply restate previous powers? Should legal professionals be concerned?
A signatory to the academics' open letter on the Data Retention and Regulatory Powers Act explains why they are so concerned
Practitioners will soon have to start implementing changes in preparation for the changeover from stamp duty land tax to land and buildings transaction tax
The UK Supreme Court's decision that LLP members are “workers” has implications that their firms need to address, but leaves open the position of partners in traditional partnerships
In association with Voice Technologies: Scottish law firm adopts cloud-connected dictation and sees refreshing flexibility for remote working
Is there a way of judging when, and when not, to cross-examine? The author shares some personal experiences
The UK Supreme Court has ruled against a human rights challenge by prisoners seeking to vote in the independence referendum, but would the Strasbourg court take the same view?
Latest criminal cases, including appeal following guilty plea; sex offenders; dock identification; extensions of time; Victims and Witnesses Act
Two recent cases seeking the return of a child from Scotland, one concerning a young child and one an older child, have delivered contrasting results
The Government has announced its (limited) proposals for reform following last year's consultation
Changes to State pensions and the abolition of contracting-out for open defined benefit schemes may result in more changes to schemes
Reports of cases relating to Iain David Haywood; William Christopher Tulips; Frederick Neil Waterman; Tracey Campbell-Hynd; Richard Thorburn (application for restoration)
How one in-house team is attempting to encourage social diversity within the legal profession through a programme targeting potential entrants at different stages
The Society's working party on the future of conveyancing was set up a year ago, and recently surveyed practitioners' opinions on priorities for action. What has it achieved to date?
The Society intends to run its career mentoring scheme for a second year
The Society is encouraging members and firms to renew practising certificates online – next year it becomes mandatory
Will Relief Scotland and Will Aid are seeking more firms to take part in their respective 2014 campaigns
Recent work of the Law Reform Department, including underground drilling access; land and business transaction tax; gender quotas on boards; Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill
Behind the scenes: Carolyn Morgan, honorary legal adviser for Commonwealth Games Scotland
As the Society begins to roll out the issuing of smartcards containing digital signatures to all practising solicitors, what can we learn from colleagues on the continent about their benefits?
Insurers are forecasting an increase in conveyancing claims in England & Wales as the volume of transactions increases. How can this be prevented in relation to the Master Policy?
Advice column: how can I break the habit of checking emails round the clock?
As hourly billing falls out of favour, how do you replace it? We report on a presentation by pricing expert Richard Burcher
The Word of Gold: it is neither a failure nor a betrayal for a Scottish law firm to choose to merge with a larger practice from elsewhere
Professional Practice column: some issues relevant to immigration and asylum practitioners – and also to others
This month's alert from the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission suggests four steps legal aid practitioners can take to avoid issues which have resulted in recent complaints