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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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A&O fudges lockstep to give banking stars extra points

Allen & Overy (A&O) has awarded star finance partners Tim Polglase and Robin Harvey extra points on its 15-year lockstep as it closes ranks following the departure of Stephen Gillespie to Kirkland & Ellis. The move is part of a scheme originally proposed by senior partner Guy Beringer in December, whereby the firm would reassess the lockstep […]

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Lester Aldridge has appointed Brett Martelli as a solicitor in the Southampton insolvency team. He joins from the London Borough of Havering. Lester Aldridge has appointed Brett Martelli as a solicitor in the Southampton insolvency team. He joins from the London Borough of Havering. Black Country firm George Green has promoted David Lucas to the […]

DWS adds Mauritian firm to Africa alliance

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has added a law firm in Mauritius to its Africa alliance as it looks to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s burgeoning reputation as an offshore destination for African companies. Mauritian firm BLC Chambers is DWS’s latest ally in the region, but it is looking to expand further. Head of the Africa group […]

A&O scoops O’Melveny partner in NYC

Allen & Overy has further bolstered its New York presence with the hire of banking specialist Elizabeth Leckie from O’Melveny & Myers.Leckie’s hire follows that of structured finance partners Howard Goldwasser and Lawton Camp from the New York office… Allen & Overy (A&O) has further bolstered its New York presence with the hire of banking […]

SIF chief elected Law Soc deputy VP

Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) chair Paul Marsh has been elected as the next deputy vice-president of the Law Society, beating candidates including former Beachcroft managing partner Bob Heslett and maverick Council member Christopher Digby-Bell. Marsh’s election was announced this morning (18 May). A property lawyer with Kingston firm Carter Bells, Marsh has been chair of […]

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