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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 […]


Chancery Lane's recruitment service wins last-minute reprieve

The recruitment service at the Law Society has been saved at the eleventh hour. A cost-cutting working party, which has stalled a decision on the future of the service several times in the last year, announced last week that it would be retained, the day before the matter was due to go to council. The […]

In brief: Booths' employment group recruits two

The employment services group at Leeds firm Booth & Co has expanded with the appointment of two new fee earners. Frank Sutcliffe, 46, has left academia for Booths. After working in the penal research unit at Oxford University and teaching at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, he became a lecturer in law […]

New Irish judges

Solicitors in Ireland have been appointed as judges for the first time after decades of campaigning. Three solicitors have been chosen in this year’s round of judicial appointments: Michael White, of Michael D White & Co, Frank O’Donnell, of Bell Branigan O’Donnell & O’Brien, and John Buckley, of Beauchamps. The Law Society welcomed the appointments […]


A Bar to practice?

The Law Society has become increasingly concerned about the restrictions imposed by the American legal system on UK solicitors who wish to practise in the US. Accordingly, it has arranged a meeting with leading members of the American Bar Association during the group’s annual meeting in August to discuss how to deal with the problems […]

In brief: LAB declines to support smoking victims

Lawyers have accused the Legal Aid Board of being over cautious in its refusal to grant aid to tobacco victims in their proceedings against cigarette manufacturers. The decision made last week brings an end to four years of preparatory case work by law firms Leigh Day & Co, Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickens and Bindmans, the […]

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