Now that the schools are back the holidays are probably over for most of us and thoughts are turning to the new court term and to work. A number of essential professional books have new editions in August and September and you might want to stock up! With the Festival in full swing there is still a need for a sharp pair of elbows to make your way along the High Street and past Greyfriars Bobby to Avizandum Bookshop. However, you don't have to fight through the performers and tourists to get your law books - order from us online, by telephone, or even by post and we will deliver them to you.

The Scottish Law Directory Fees Supplement 2014 is now available (price £35) and is accompanied by a pamphlet of corrections to the 2014 Directory - probably worth having!

The new edition of the Solicitors' Professional Handbook has just been published (price £45). The new editions of the Sheriff Court and Court of Session Rules and the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 will be available over the next month. You can pre-order your copies from us now.

As we are approaching the Independence Referendum on 18 September Avizandum Law Bookshop is stocking a number of titles examining the issues. These include Iain MacWhirter's book on the history of Scottish independence (or the lack of it) Road to Referendum; J Simpson's Scottish Referendum: The Facts - a handy small volume listing the arguments for both sides; and I McLean's Scotland's Choices: The Referendum and What Happens After It? Something for everyone!

Law Making and the Scottish Parliament: The Early Years is a collection of essays providing a scholarly evaluation of a number of the legislative achievements of Scotland’s devolved parliament in its first decade. Edited by Elaine Sutherland, each chapter examines a discrete area of law and is written by an acknowledged legal expert in that field.

Glasgow School of Law celebrated 300 years of the Regius Chair in Civil Law in 2013. Although the teaching of law at Glasgow goes back much further (to 1451) the Regius Chair itself was founded by Queen Anne in 1713. The first holder of the Chair, William Forbes, took up his post in 1714. Ross Anderson has edited a collection of essays to commemorate the anniversary. Published by Avizandum Publishing under the title Glasgow Tercentenary Essays it contains contributions from Lord Reed and the current holder of the Regius Chair, James Chalmers.

The late Peter Birks was internationally respected as a scholar of Roman Law. After his death a series of lectures he had written as an introductory course on Roman Law was discovered and has now been published for the first time. The lectures present a clear conceptual map of the Roman law of obligations and are an invaluable introduction to Roman private law for those coming to the subject for the first time. The Roman Law of Obligations is an OUP title.

We have been asked to sell a selection of Antiquarian Scots law books from the library of a retired sheriff. These include a lovely copy of Durie's Decisions with a frontispiece portrait of Lord Durie. If you would like to know more, please contact Mary Jane Bennett at the shop.

Greens have reduced the prices of some of their titles and we have listed them separately so they are easy to find. On the Home page click on the button on the left: W Green - price reductions.

Reminder! The bookshop is closed on Saturdays during June, July and August. We are open as usual Mondays to Fridays between 9.30 am and 6.00 pm.

All deliveries in the UK from Avizandum are Post & Packing Free. If your address is within walking distance of the shop we will endeavour to deliver your books to you on the day that you order them (provided they are currently in stock, of course).