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From the archives - July 2019

IT: the hype and the reality

Independent law firms are facing a rapidly changing landscape and myriad challenges. This extended version of the author's magazine contribution discusses the best approach to investing in IT

System on the slide

A defence solicitor believes Scottish criminal justice has deteriorated since the 1980s, through changes in statute and by the Appeal Court, in legal aid, and in the way the prosecution service is run

Corporate transparency and register reform

Discussion of the UK Government's proposals to enhance the role of Companies House and amend current practice, to improve the accuracy of information filed and increase corporate transparency

Time for a new approach to permanence

A family lawyer questions why applications for permanence orders generally seek to exclude the parents from the child's life, and argues for an approach more tailored to the individual case

Overseas but under the law, revisited

This follow-up to a November 2018 article covering an extensive Court of Appeal judgment on the territorial scope of employment legislation, analyses another appellate judgment on this area of law

President's column

This special commemorative Journal records the progress of the profession over 70 years, and the prestige in which the Society is now held, evidenced by our conference to mark 20 years of devolution

Scheduled Revenue Scotland SETS changes

Registers of Scotland page: upgrading the LBTT collection system means an end to RoS accepting paper returns on behalf of Revenue Scotland

Is your IT system a cybersecurity risk?

In association with Insight Legal Software: keeping your systems up to date is essential for security of your operations, and client data

Seven decades of service

To mark the 70 years since 1949, we asked a solicitor from each decade to describe the challenges they faced in qualifying, the changes they have seen and what advice they have for those starting now

A time to look ahead

The Society takes pride in its 70-year history, but how fit is it now to face the challenges to come? The Journal put some of the issues to chief executive Lorna Jack

Next generation

With the profession facing constant change, how does life compare for families with next generation solicitors? A father and son, and a mother and daughter, share their impressions

Holyrood at 20: turbulent times or settled state?

Another significant anniversary this year is the Scottish Parliament’s 20th, and the Society attracted some big name speakers to a conference to mark the occasion. We report on the key messages

IT: think before you buy

How will IT shape the future of the profession? Four contributions offer some predictions, while also advising us to make the most of what we already have

Ash: the back story

Columnist Ash tells the Journal how she came into helping people with their work-related personal issues, and suggests what employers – and the Society – could do to foster a better office culture

Global reach

Many Scottish solicitors have made their homes and careers in other countries. Five of them tell how it happened, and why they still value their Society membership

Cover this

The Journal cover competition for the Law Society of Scotland’s platinum anniversary edition attracted a wide range of ideas, especially in the schools category. Legal category entries are the first two to display.

Can we do it this way?

Latest civil procedure cases, including decree in absence; recovery of heritable property; simple procedure; motions; legal professional privilege; tenders; final judgment; family actions; adoption

Positive news, times two

Licensing briefing: relief is at hand for those whose applications for personal licence renewal, submitted by 31 May, are not processed in time; and is the proposed new s 142 guidance an improvement?

Sorted: the Planning Bill

Planning briefing: the Scottish Government has succeeded in deriving a workable Planning (Scotland) Bill at the final parliamentary stage, from the heavily amended version that emerged from stage 2

Debtor discharge: the letter of the law

Insolvency briefing: a new sheriff court judgment explains the review and appeal stages relating to the discharge of a debtor by the Accountant in Bankruptcy, and the factors relevant to the decision

Structures allowance draft builds in improvements

Tax briefing: draft legislation on the new capital allowance for structures and buildings has now been laid before Parliament, following its announcement in the Autumn Budget 2018

Age of the asylum seeker

Immigration briefing: the Court of Appeal has declared the Home Office’s policy on assessing the age of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children unlawful

Scottish and English conveyancing: are the two compatible?

An Inverness firm is in the unusual position of having English-qualified conveyancers on hand to deal with clients moving cross-border – and finds it beneficial

Change? The basics still count

“Collaborate, respond and innovate”, was the theme of this year’s In-house Annual Conference. We report on a full day of expert addresses, presentations and panel sessions

Public policy highlights

Recent work of the Society's policy committees, including Planning (Scotland) Bill; organ donation; management of offenders; rural broadband inquiry

Ask Ash

Advice column: I’m under pressure ahead of my holiday – and to deal with things while away

A future at 70

The Word of Gold: as the Society celebrates 70 years, so much has changed, and yet so much hasn’t

Electronic filing: friend or foe?

Electronic storage and document management systems bring benefits for law firms, but they can also carry risks, particularly in the context of court actions in which the firm is a party

How not to fear the F word

We are all bound to fail at some point, and this should not be attacked but used as a learning tool, with our managers leading by example

Some reflections on paralegals

A look back, to mark the Society's anniversary; and a practice area highlight for reparation law

Accredited Paralegal Committee profile

Committee member Elaine Campbell is accredited in the practice areas of reparation and debt recovery

SPA update

Scottish Paralegal Association forthcoming CPD dates and autumn conference news

People on the move

Collected news of new appointments and practice changes