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Charity trustees’ annual reports – how can charities better evidence their impact?

Never more in demand but still not properly valued, charities need to provide better information to allow proper measurement of their work. Speaking on 23 November during Civil Society Media’s Charity Finance Week 2020 Andy Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England, suggested the social sector’s contribution is often “underestimated and overshadowed… relative to […]

Can discrimination be justified on the grounds of costs alone?

The recent Court of Appeal case of Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice (2020) considered whether an employer is justified in discriminating against an employee if the actions reduce company costs. The facts The claimant, Mr Craig Heskett, was employed as a probation officer in Kent. In 2016, the claimant brought proceedings against the respondent for […]

Sponsoring EU and non-EU nationals post-Brexit

We recently hosted a webinar on Sponsoring EU and Non-EU Nationals Post-Brexit. Thank you if you attended this webinar. If you would like a reminder of the key takeaways or if you were unable to attend the webinar, please see below for our key takeaway points from the session. Applying for a sponsorship licence You […]

Virtual planning appeals – a COVID-19 exclusive or the future of planning appeals?

Shoosmiths Emma Cartledge-Taylor examines the use of virtual planning appeals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits, the drawbacks and whether virtual planning appeals will form part of the future of planning appeals. When lockdown hit in March this year, the planning industry was forced to embrace technology on a bigger scale than ever seen before. […]



Rawlinson & Butler advised the vendors in the management buy-out of electronic component manufacturer and distributor Warth International for an undisclosed sum. Slaughter and May advised the management and Dibb Lupton Alsop advised Barclays Ventures, which provided equity for the buyout.

Siobhan Redhead on a new procedure for ancillary relief.

Siobhan Redhead is a partner at Miles Preston & Co. Since 1 October 1996 in certain courts, of which the Principal Registry is one, all applications for ancillary relief (financial provision in matrimonial proceedings) have had to be made under a new procedure dramatically different from that which has been applied, with few modifications, for […]

Westminster Six battle set for autumn

Roger Pearson reports Dame Shirley Porter and her former council officers are to appeal the £31.6m surcharge order in October. A date in October has been scheduled for a hearing in which a £31.6m surcharge on Dame Shirley Porter and five ex-colleagues on Wesminster City Council is to be challenged. The surcharge order, which has […]

Necessary reforms

Michael Brindle considers whether drafting a new set of rules will mean confusion for the commercial Court. Michael Brindle QC is a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. The Commercial Court led the way in introducing case management techniques into civil litigation. The Commercial Court Guide, which existed before Lord Woolf started his campaign to clean […]

Walls come tumbling down

These are exciting times for would-be lawyers as new business groupings begin to develop. Roman McAlindon reports. Roman McAlindon is Midlands regional managing partner at Arthur Andersen. There was a time when everyone knew their role and there were clear distinctions between the work of accountants and lawyers. For example, corporate tax was handled by […]

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