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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 […]


BBC loses head of IP after shake-up announcement

A BBC management shake-up has led to the departure of the broadcaster’s head of the intellectual property and litigation department. Fred Croft, who was also responsible for commercial, programme and regulatory legal matters, says that the recently announced internal reorganisation at London’s Television Centre acted as a catalyst in his decision to leave the BBC […]

Cleary Gottlieb appoints new managing partner

Corporate lawyer, Karasz – who joined the firm in 1967 – replaces Ned Stiles who held the post for 12 years. Karasz ran the firm’s Paris office for five years and more recently has been concentrating on transnational joint venture schemes in the US, Latin America and Europe. He has worked extensively on cross-border transactions […]

Cheyne reaction

David Cheyne Fiona Callister finds that the deal maker of the year, Linklaters senior corporate partner David Cheyne, may walk with a swagger, but his honesty and rebellious streak mark him out from the rest. At the beginning of the year, Linklaters senior corporate partner David Cheyne topped the Financial News league of deal makers […]

Scuffle of the week

Police sealed off the old court building in Santiago on Wednesday and traffic ground to a halt as clashes broke out in the Chilean capital between supporters and opposers of Augusto Pinochet when the hearing began to determine whether the former dictator would be stripped of his immunity to stand trial on human rights charges. […]

It’s been a bad week for…

Dog lover Laura Bunday, who was tailed by police this week after “stealing” a stick from woodland for her pet pouch Bramble to play with. A park ranger reported Bunday to Devon and Cornwall police after seeing her toss the piece of wood into the boot of her car after walking her dog. The police […]

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