The introduction of the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax on 1 April will no doubt create some ripples in the housing market. Solicitors and accountants will need to be familiar with the new tax and its implications before April so Bloomsbury Professional Publishing are bringing out a book on the subject at the end of February. Written by Ken Wright, Land and Buildings Transaction Tax will be a useful gulde for those dealing with commercial and residential property transactions.

At the end of 2014 a number of Supplements were published which will be of interest to those who already have the main work. They include a 4th Supplement to Hudson's Building and Engineering Contracts; a 2nd Supplement to Chitty on Contract; a 1st Supplement to de Smith on Judicial Review of Administrative Action; and a 2nd Supplement to Redgrave's Health and Safety. For a complete list of recently published or forthcoming Supplements click on the Supplements and Annuals button below.

We would also like to draw to your attention two important Scots law books published just before Christmas.

The third edition of MacRoberts on Scottish Construction Contracts came out in November. It is essential reading for all Scots lawyers who practise construction law. The new edition has been updated to take account of the latest editions of the Scottish Standard Building Contracts and legislation such as the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010. There are new chapters on litigation; competition; the Bribery Act 2010; and guarantees and bonds.

Mental Health and Scots Law in PracticeThe other is the second edition of Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice. Written by Dr Lindsay Thomson and Joanna Cherry QC, this is a straightforward account of the legal issues relevant to Scots psychiatric practice. it has been fully updated to include developments since implementation of the Mental Health (Care Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.