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By Rob Aberdein In August 2018 Rob Aberdein explained proposed changes to the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) in Scotland. The legislation enacting those changes has now been approved by Parliament and the new regime will come into force on 29 October 2019.  The legislation and guidance can be viewed here.

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*The controversial euthanasia theme gets an airing this week with the staging of ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’ by the Bar’s top theatrical lights. David Dabbs, of Goldsmith Chambers, stars in and directs the Bar Theatrical Society production, playing from Tuesday to Friday at Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall. Dabbs plays a dying patient, and fellow […]

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Malins wins Independent libel case

SOLICITOR and former MP Humphrey Malins has cleared his name of allegations he acted in conflict of interest when representing a defendant on charges involving a bogus arms-to-Iran deal. Malins, former Croydon North West MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to a Home Office Minister, last week accepted undisclosed “substantial” libel damages and an apology at […]

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