When I’m 65

In handing down his judgment in the Heyday case Mr Justice Blake ruled that the Labour policy on retirement can stand (see blog).

It’s a bitter-sweet victory, though, with Blake J admitting that he would have found against the Government had it not announced a policy review of the DRA just days before the case commenced.

It was, as Cloisters’ Paul Epstein QC highlighted, a “technically astute” move.

It remains to be seen whether Rose will do it again in the Seldon case, which could have ramifications for the rules governing the DRA in partnerships (The Lawyer, 8 July).

Rose has become a tremendous asset for the Government, but there is no doubt that she is a thorn in the side of any opponent.