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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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Ashurst’s cat call

It’s not all nose to the grindstone in the City, you know. Tulkinghorn learnt the other day that those lovely chaps over at Ashurst recently gave one of its IP lawyers enough time to eat, sleep, see daylight occasionally and pen her first book. The firm was so impressed with the talents of Inbali Iserles […]

Foot Anstey aims high with Serpell merger

South West firm Foot Anstey Solicitors has merged with Plymouth’s Serpell Eaton Solicitors. Ten-lawyer Serpell specialises in commercial property, private client and charity law. Two Serpell partners, Caroline Mitchell and Nigel Coveney, will join Foot Anstey as partners, taking the firm’s partnership count to 30. Founding partner Greg Serpell will join Foot Anstey as a […]

Associate lockstep a thing of the past as Howrey looks to ability

Howrey is set to shift its associate compensation away from lockstep and towards a skills-based system. The firm aims to introduce a new remuneration system on 1 January 2008, the beginning of its financial year. Howrey managing partner and chief executive Bob Ruyak said it had become clear over the past three years that a […]

Rational security

With new legislation, the US government hopes to make foreign investment more easily accessible and accountable – something it considers to be important for a safer and more prosperous future. By David Marchick and David Fagan On 26 July US President George Bush signed into law the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007, […]

Scots firm says Sir Alan to blame for tribunal overload

Scottish law firm Muir Myles Laverty (MML) has blamed bosses copying the brash style used by Sir Alan Sugar on television programme The Apprentice for the rise in the caseload of employment tribunals. The firm claims that Sugar’s catchphrase, “You’re fired”, in the show known as, “the job interview from hell” is being copied by […]

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