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European Court of Human Rights employees, who are heading off for a seven-week holiday, despite a backlog of 60,000 cases and an average waiting time of five years for cases to be heard. The lengthy wait facing applicants could cause the court to fall foul of its own convention – under Article Six undue and lengthy delays in legal proceedings are a breach of human rights.

Employment lawyers. According to an Industrial Society report, employers are crying out for advice on new employment legislation from Westminster and Brussels such as the new rules on data protection, and nine out of 10 have already sought advice on the Working Time Directive.