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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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Freshfields halts partner distributions for Q4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will not be dishing out partner profits for Q4, while the magic circle firm has also called off its partner conference, which had been scheduled for this summer. It comes as firms across the board decide whether to hold back or reduce partner distributions, or ask partners to put in slightly more […]

Eversheds debuts social media app to fight loneliness

Eversheds Sutherland has created an app that allows staff to interact on themes that go beyond their routine jobs, as it seeks to counteract the sense of loneliness sparked by the sustained remote working period caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The app, called Open House, was sponsored by the firm’s managing partner Keith Froud, and […]

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King & Spalding loses QC to Wilberforce

Wilberforce Chambers has secured the services of a high-profile silk from private practice, with Stuart Isaacs QC joining the set from King & Spalding. After a five-year stint as a partner in the global disputes team at King & Spalding, the commercial specialist will now resume his practice at the Bar. Isaacs is the second […]

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Freshfields and Kirkland in action as Debenhams lines up administrators

Department store Debenhams has revealed its intention to appoint administrators, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kirkland & Ellis among the firms acting on the lengthy restructuring process. The department store filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators early this morning, with FRP Advisory working on matters related to an administration. Freshfields has been acting […]

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