Gazette 15 September 2011

A costly word

All firms must by 6 October alter their paper and all else to state ‘authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority’, we are reminded. How many hours will be spent making the amendment – and at what cost?

13 September 2001

World Trade Center firm’s staff escape horror

Early reports from top US firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood were that all personnel were evacuated safely before the towers collapsed following Tuesday’s terror attack. Other firms in the vicinity include Sullivan & Cromwell and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

11 September 1991

Solicitors warned against relying on tape summaries

Research suggests that one in three summaries of tape-recorded evidence prepared by police officers is misleading, distorted or so lacking in relevant detail to be unfair.

September 1971

Decimal currency

Old pennies and threepenny pieces ceased to be legal tender as of 1 September 1971. Shilling and two shilling pieces continue to be legal tender, but sixpences may be withdrawn after February 1973.

September 1951

The case for abolition of the seal

That ‘dignity has dropped on all fours’, to use the words of Mr Christopher Fry, epitomises my theme which is that the dignified place of the seal in English law is an anachronism. I suggest that the requirement that some written instruments must be sealed as well as signed is out of date.

September 1921

Termination of the war

Order in Council under the termination of the Present War (Definition Act) 1918. His Majesty, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, is pleased to order, and it is hereby ordered, that the 31st day of August, nineteen hundred and twenty one, shall be treated as the date of the termination of the present War.