Christmas is approaching, perhaps faster than some of us would like, and so we have come up with some suggestions for presents for the bookish lawyer. They are listed below.

First, we would like to invite you to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the week before Christmas. These will be served on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December - from 9.30 am, if you can cope with mulled wine at that time of day, until 6.00 pm! We look forward to welcoming you.

The Bookshop is closed over Christmas and New Year: we will put up the shutters on Christmas Eve at 12.00 pm, and re-open on Tuesday 6 January at 9.30 am.

Here are the books that we think might make suitable presents - they are all currently in stock and will be available in the shop during our mulled wine and mince pie events (and before then, if you are a well-organised Christmas shopper).

Scots Law Tales and Pronounced for Doom: Early Scots Law Tales, both edited by John P Grant and Elaine E Sutherland, explore some of the most memorable Scottish cases by describing the personalities involved, the events leading up to each case, the decision and reasoning of the court, and the role the case played in the development of the law. Each case has been chosen for its human interest as well as its legal significance.

Judge and Jurist: Essays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (edited by Andrew Burrows, David Johnston and Reinhard Zimmerman) is a collection of tributes by Lord Rodger's friends and colleagues reflecting his role as a leading judge and his wide-ranging academic interests, including Roman law, Scots law and legal history.

In A Short Book of Bad Judges Graeme Williams QC hopes that a warning of how bad the judiciary was historically, may be interesting and possibly even useful, in avoiding the mistakes of the past. In I Have to Move My Car: David Pannick QC passes judgment on advocates who tell judges that their closing submission will not take long because, 'I have to move my car by 5 o'clock'; and sentences judges who reject an advocate's argument by flushing a miniature toilet on the bench!

Lastly, Leading Cases in Song, by Stephen Todd, presents a large number of court decisions as songs, set to music by Gilbert & Sullivan. Quirky illustrations, beautifully drawn cartoons and musical scores are provided. An entirely new way to appreciate Donoghue v Stevenson!

Happy Christmas!