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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Lawyers are being asked to comment on whether the European Union (EU) should agree a set of common safeguards for the treatment of defendants or suspects facing court proceedings in any member state.
The idea has been flagged up by the European Commission, which has published a new Green Paper on procedural safeguards for suspects in criminal proceedings.
Brussels is concerned that a failure to erect such a safety net would scupper attempts to build cooperation between Europe's judicial systems, especially when Eastern European countries join the EU from 2005.
As a result, its paper suggests common rules could be agreed on; access to legal representation, both before and at trial; access to interpretation and translation; proper protection for vulnerable suspects and defendants; consular assistance to foreign detainees; and the notification of rights to suspects and defendants.