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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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City duo lead on largest AIM IPO of 2019

Addleshaw Goddard and Bird & Bird have acted on the £135m IPO of promotional products company The Pebble Group, the largest AIM IPO placing this year. Addleshaws’ corporate partner Richard Lee advised The Pebble Group from the firm’s Manchester office, after it confirmed its intention to float in November. Pebble is comprised of two businesses […]

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Mishcon takes on Mayfair firm’s private client chief

Mishcon de Reya has brought in the head of a rival City firm’s private client practice, The Lawyer can reveal. Patrick Harney, who was until recently head of Forsters’ private client department, is set to join Mishcon’s tax team after 12 years at the London legal outfit. As part of his practice, he advises high net […]

Ashurst takes on Hogan Lovells’ planning head

Hogan Lovells has lost another senior partner, this time to Ashurst. Claire Dutch, former head of Hogan Lovells’ planning group has moved across to Ashurst. Dutch had been at Hogan Lovells for 20 years and made partner in 2007. She focuses on all aspects of planning law, highways law, heritage law and compulsory purchase orders, […]

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