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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 […]


Lords hear Howard's murder charge bid

Double killer John Pierson, who was jailed for life for shooting his sleeping mother and father at their remote farm at Oswestry, North Wales, in September 1984, has been given the go-ahead to take a test case challenge over minimum sentences to the House of Lords. Pierson is serving two mandatory life sentences imposed on […]

Are you work experienced?

If you are considering a career in the legal profession, you are probably debating whether to become a solicitor or barrister and what sort of law you want to practise. In a profession that is increasingly competitive, both to enter and to succeed in, it is important to narrow down your choice to certain aspects […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Murray Macara

Murray Macara was born in Glasgow on 22 July 1949. He is a solicitor-advocate and partner at Beltrami & Co. What was your first job? A removal man’s labourer for 2 weeks! What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £900 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? An […]

City firms tune in to media merger boom

Firms are gearing up for a spate of merger activity in the broadcasting sector to follow the passage of the Broadcasting Bill this summer. Stephen Cooke, partner at Slaughter and May, said: “The new rules will pave the way for further consolidation and we expect media groups to take advantage of the changes.” Slaughters is […]

The write stuff

Not only can Citizen’s Advice Bureaux work notch up experience, it can also count towards qualification, finds Moira Haynes You’re sitting at the table wondering how to fill in an application form for the trainee contract. Question one. How did you first hear about the firm? “An angel came to me in my sleep and […]

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