A stroll down Gazette memory lane

Gazette 8 June 2012

‘Social engineering on a grand scale’

Law firms continue to recruit from a narrow, elite pool of graduates, the government’s independent reviewer on social mobility reported last week. Labour former minister Alan Milburn described access to the professions as ‘social engineering on a grand scale’.

7 June 2002

Solicitors flourish in reshuffle

Mike O’Brien and Hazel Blears were the big solicitor winners in last week’s government reshuffle, which also saw another non-lawyer, Yvette Cooper, join the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

10 June 1992

Judges retirement bill

Legislation which would make 70 the standard retirement age for all judges began its process through parliament last week when the lord chancellor, Lord Mackay, introduced the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Bill into the House of Lords.

9 June 1982

Time-sharing – the dawn of legislation

No one doubts that the suspension of exchange control regulations in 1979 triggered a boom in the acquisition of overseas holiday homes. Now there is a new dimension – time-sharing. By now, time-share schemes are marketed in every leisure location in Europe as well as extensively in North America and the Caribbean.

7 June 1972

VAT for solicitors

The implementation of value-added tax is of great importance to all professions and is especially significant for solicitors. No solicitor will be exempt or zero-rated save for overseas work.

June 1952

Law Society Yacht Club

The club has now received recognition by the Yachting Association and has adopted as its burgee design and badge a golden shark on a blue background. A rally at Yarmouth, IoW, will take place on 28 June, when there will be a dinner for members and their ladies.