There are many Scottish Universities and Law Schools but I am here taking one example, the
University of Edinburgh. The Law School provides information about its own courses, research and events and
also acts as a host to a number of other interesting centres including
The Centre for Law and Society at
www.law.ed.ac.uk/cls - "an interdisciplinary research centre
in the School of Law. It holds a distinctive place in the development of legal studies in the UK and
internationally as a long-standing forum for exchange between scholars in philosophy of law, sociological
and anthropological approaches to law, criminology and penology."
Property Related Sites
Registers of Scotland (the Land Register)
The Land Register of Scotland and the
Register of Sasines contain title information on all properties in Scotland. The
information includes ownership details, a description of the property (either verbal
or by reference to a plan), the price paid and any outstanding securities (mortgages)
which affect the property.
It sets the scene as
follows: "In Scotland, registers have been kept for centuries. Volume 1 of the Acts of
Parliament of Scotland contains a copy of an Inventory of 1282 of the registers
and records preserved in Edinburgh Castle. These early registers consisted of state
documents, royal charters and other writs."
The Property Standardisation Group ("PSG")
grew out of discussions amongst property lawyers at four Scottish law firms who
were concerned that too much time was being spent in property transactions in negotiating forms of documentation
and seeking to agree procedures, all of which could and should be regulated by a common standard.
Documents already produced by the group include Letters of Obligation, Management Documentation for Leases,
Post Feudal Reform Documentation, Certificate of Title, Due Diligence Questionnaire,
Completion Checklist and Stamp Duty Land Tax.
Scottish Solicitors' Property Centres: a very Scottish phenonemon