Govt panels in radical overhaul as Goldsmith picks 300 new barristers

Almost 300 new counsel have been appointed by the Attorney-General as panel members of seven Government departments and non-departmental public bodies

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By Miles Trower London is, arguably, the most important global hub for financial services. As a result, the consequences of the Brexit vote, the ensuing uncertainty and the eventual transitional and regulatory framework applying to UK financial services and how it will continue to access overseas markets has been subject to huge speculation. Much of […]

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