Case of the week

The Court of Appeal is currently hearing a landmark case likely to lead to new guidelines on judges and conflict of interest. This means that the trend for judges to step down from cases – sparked by Lord Hoffmann's (pictured) failure to disclose links with Amnesty International during General Pinochet's appeal – may be nearing its end. David Lloyd-Jones QC of Brick Court Chambers opened the case last week, arguing that judges should not automatically disqualify themselves because of an indirect link.