Family and Welfare

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Our leading Family and Welfare Law list comprises authoritative texts for all those requiring up-to-date guidance on this complex area of law including Mental Health Incapacity and the Law in Scotland 2ed by Hilary Patrick and Jill Stavert and Adult Protection and the Law in Scotland 2ed by Nicola Smith and Nairn Young.

We are delighted to announce that the fourth edition of the highly regarded Social Work Law in Scotland by Tom Guthrie is now available.

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Adult Protection and the Law in Scotland

Adult Protection and the Law in Scotland provides a guide to the general principles of legislation in relation to adult protection. This updated text includes a new chapter on financial harm and abuse covering topics such as commercial debt, mis-selling products, insurance and loans. This title includes coverage of the Self Directed Support (Scotland) Act 2013 and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007, Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010... Read more

Children’s Hearings and the Sheriff Court

Children’s Hearings and the Sheriff Court is an established Scottish title focusing on a unique children’s hearing system. It is the only available text which deals exclusively with procedure of the children’s hearing system. The second edition reflects in particular the substantial changes brought about by the Children (Scotland Act) 1995 including the court’s powers to make child assessment orders, child protection orders and exclusion orders. It takes into account... Read more

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 – A User’s Guide

The provisions of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act have completely re-organised the system and also introduced many new concepts and procedures. This book provides useful and accessible guidance to the many disciplines which are involved in the working of the systems, including panel members, social workers, reporters, safeguarders and advocacy workers, as well as judges, sheriffs, members of the Faculty of Advocates, solicitors, those involved in the training of panel... Read more

The Scottish Children’s Hearings System in Action

This unique book makes explicit what those involved with the children’s hearings system really need to know to achieve their aims. It comprises two case histories – one of the “alleged offences by the child” type and the other a “care and protection” one, reflecting the dual nature of the Scottish system. Each case is traced from the outset through the hearings procedures, into the sheriff court and final disposal... Read more

Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnership in the Sheriff Court

“This is the ninth edition of what has become an essential book for family law practitioners…Put simply, this is a very handy book that incorporates everything that could ever be needed in relation to a divorce or [dissolution of] civil partnership” The Journal Online Book Reviews Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnership in the Sheriff Court, Ninth Edition covers the following areas: Special Rules of Procedure, Miscellaneous Topics, The Merits,... Read more

Family Law Agreements

This practical book provides essential guidance on drawing up the principal types of agreement entered into by married, engaged or cohabiting couples in contemplation of beginning or ending their relationship. In addition, this book will provide detailed advice on the associated consequences for children and property rights. This is the only book on family agreements available in Scotland and brings all relevant source material under one cover for ease of... Read more

Family Law in Scotland

Family Law in Scotland, 7th edition is a well-established, clear and comprehensive survey of Scots family law and is of practical use to practitioners and students alike. Topics are laid out in a clear logical manner covering the formalities and legal consequences of marriage and civil partnership, divorce and dissolution, and important issues relating to children, such as parental rights and responsibilities, protection and adoption. The seventh edition includes all... Read more

Mental Health, Incapacity and the Law in Scotland

This highly regarded book is a comprehensive and up to date guide to mental health law in Scotland. Every aspect of mental health law is explained, including tribunal procedure, procedures for adults with incapacity, community care, patients’ rights and legal remedies for when things go wrong. Mental health and incapacity law affect not just those subject to compulsory orders, but everyone with a mental health problem, dementia or a learning... Read more

Social Work Law in Scotland

Social Work Law in Scotland provides a practical guide to the legal framework within which social work operates. Providing accessible explanations of law, the book provides coverage of key areas of law in social work including those relating to children, families and adult services. Social Work Law in Scotland is designed for use by students studying for a degree in social work as well as those in the profession. Covers:... Read more

Scottish Older Client Law Service

Scottish Older Client Law Service deals with the broad range of issues most commonly encountered by legal practitioners who deal with older people. The only looseleaf of its kind in Scotland, it covers a wide range of topics including Powers of Attorney, Financial Management and State Benefits.This major looseleaf is written by a team of experts in their various fields. Updates are charged for on publication. Read more