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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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Law firm trio wins shard of glass deal

Eversheds, Norton Rose and Rosenblatt Solicitors have snared the key roles in a deal to secure a new funding package for the construction of Europe’s tallest building, the Shard of Glass at London Bridge. The loan was provided by Qatari Diar, which is owned by the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, and was advised on by […]

Clydes spends £45m on international growth

Clyde & Co has borrowed nearly £45m to help fund its international expansion programme, the firm’s LLP accounts for 2007-08 reveal. The firm’s debt rose to £44.6m this year, following the expansion of its Middle East practice and the opening of two offices in the US in the last two years. Much of the money […]

Furley Page sets up shop in Lloyd’s building

Canterbury-headquartered firm Furley Page has opened in London in a bid to capitalise on the insurance market. The London office, which is housed in the Lloyd’s building, will be headed and primarily staffed by Furley Page consultant Gary Marshall, although lawyers from other locations are also set to make use of the office. Senior partner […]

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Tulkinghorn: two yaks, one cow and an after-dinner Minto

Tulkinghorn often hears of strange things happening over Christmas, but never involving yaks. Cloisters Chambers has broken that run by celebrating the ­festive season with the ­purchase of two hairy ­creatures from Save the Children. Yakety yak Tulkinghorn often hears of strange things happening over Christmas, but never involving yaks. Cloisters Chambers has broken that […]

Macfarlanes feels the heat

Macfarlanes feels the heat” />When Macfarlanes revealed it would be laying off up to 14 staff this week, perhaps the only surprise was that the announcement hadn’t come sooner (see story). The firm had always seemed a likely candidate for cuts. Not only has its corporate practice been hard hit by the credit crunch, but […]

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