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Custody time limits and why they matter

David Hardstaff and Bethan Cowlam consider the recent increase to custody time limits and the practical implications in the context of significant court backlogs. In a highly unusual move, HHJ Raynor, a Crown Court judge, has lodged a complaint against the resident judge of Woolwich Crown Court, suggesting political interference in the handling of cases involving extended custody time […]

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Akin Gump hires Africa-focused private equity partner from Orrick

Akin Gump has made a new hire to its City office, this time to expand its private equity focus in the African markets. Weyinmi Popo will join Akin this month after nearly four years at rival US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. He had previously been at Jones Day for nine years, making partner in […]

Akin Gump brings in fifth O’Melveny lawyer this year

O’Melveny & Myers have lost two lawyers in London today, as merger negotiations with Allen & Overy continue to provide uncertainty for those still at the US firm. Jonathan Blake, a senior funds consultant, and Karen Ireland, a finance and capital markets counsel, have resigned from the firm and are the most recent in a […]

White & Case corporate partner leaves for Akin Gump

In a rare loss to White & Case‘s corporate team, partner Gavin Weir is leaving the firm for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as it continues on a significant expansion drive in the City. Weir has been at White & Case since 2011, joining the firm from Simmons & Simmons. He was also a […]

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