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Prepare for work in progress tax

Firms must begin to plan ahead now if they want to avoid getting caught in the tax trap warns Anne Gregory-Jones. Anne Gregory-Jones is a tax partner at Kidsons Impey. The authorisation by the Treasury to the Inland Revenue for the withdrawal of the cash basis method of accounting favoured by many professional practices and […]

Full of eastern promise

Paul Rainford finds that young solicitors are being increasingly drawn to eastern Europe to give their career a boost. Paul Rainford is a freelance journalist. For budding lawyers who face the prospect of working out of a windswept office in Slough, there is always the lure of working in some remote city somewhere in the […]

Are sex changes an "overriding need'?

Three transsexuals are seeking judicial review of a health authority’s refusal to fund their sex change operations, reports Roger Pearson. The High Court is to investigate whether three transsexuals are entitled to have their sex-change operations funded by a local health authority. North West Lancashire Health Authority refused to fund the operations, but now Mr […]

In brief: Fermor sets record at Cripps Harries Hall

Andrew Fermor, aged 48, has become the youngest ever senior partner of Kent and East Sussex firm Cripps Harries Hall. The five-year appointment coincides with the re-appointment of Jonathan Denny as managing partner, a post he has held since 1990.

Jakarta crisis halts arbitration plans

Plans to open an international arbitration centre in Indonesia have suffered a set-back as Jakarta-based western lawyers continue to pull out of the crisis-racked country. Nick Stone, an insurance and arbitration specialist and a recent recruit to Herbert Smith’s Singapore office as senior consultant, had hoped to set up an arbitration centre based on the […]

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