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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 […]


International report

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the largest domestic law firm in Russia, has its sights set on opening in London. As reported by The Lawyer (20 March), the firm is hoping to build its presence through barristers rather than solicitors. Managing partner Dimitry Afanasiev said his firm had decided to pursue the non-traditional route in […]

Shoosmiths’ new head of CSR to augment pro bono offering

Shoosmiths’ new head of CSR to augment pro bono offering” />Shoosmiths has appointed personal injury unit head Judith Dorkins to head the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, giving the firm a coordinated approach to pro bono work for the first time. The Northampton-based equity partner will be responsible for managing the CSR policy and […]

Bar Council set to probe Pollock’s BCCI conduct

The Bar Council is poised to launch an investigation into the conduct of the barristers during the BCCI trial, The Lawyer can reveal. Mr Justice Tomlinson criticised the liquidators’ counsel Gordon Pollock QC of Essex Court Chambers and Lord Neill of Bladen QC of Serle Court in his judgment last month, as well as the […]

Paralegal qualification gets go-ahead from Government

The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The new BTEC in Legal Work, developed by the Institute of Paralegals, will be launched in schools and further education colleges in September. It will also be available as a distance learning course from […]

You name it

Richards Butler’s business development supremo Meirion Jones is a published author of some repute in the health and beauty industry. Apparently one of his first books, The Amino Revolution, is of great use for all those suffering from anxiety, stress, or alcoholism, so it could be of use to a fair few lawyers Tulkinghorn knows. […]

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