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Disclosure rules could cause chaos say Law Society

The Law Society today (25 October) warned that rushing in new disclosure rules in criminal cases could cause chaos. The society’s warning came after the Prime Minister announced that juries could be told of a defendant’s previous convictions from December. Earlier plans were for the new measures, part of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, to […]

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has taken Farrer & Co‘s top sports lawyer to be its new head of legal.Karena Vleck will be replaced as head of the sports group at Farrer by senior partner Robert Clinton. Vleck will be head of legal and company secretary at the RFU. Clinton is an active member of […]

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