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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 […]


Trading places

Citigroup’s German legal head has made his team integral to the development of the bank’s fixed-income business. Aled Griffiths talks to Jean-Claude Zerey about how he pioneered a new relationship between legal and compliance In among the bustle of activity on the German trading floor of the world’s biggest bank there is a small circle […]

Gunderson raids Wilson Sonsini for San Diego launch

Silicon Valley-based Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is launching a San Diego office with two former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners. Gari Cheever and Jeffrey Higgins are opening the Californian office with former Wilson Sonsini senior associate Ilan Lovinsky, who also joins as a partner. Wilson Sonsini opened its own San Diego […]

CC, Freshfields left hanging by Galileo

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have been left waiting in the wings while eight European companies fight over the E3.2bn (£2.21bn) Galileo project. The consortium of companies, known as the Galileo Operating Company (GOC), has failed to instruct external legal counsel as questions surface about budget difficulties, timetables and satellite coverage for the project, which is […]

Herbies raises associate salaries by 17 per cent

Herbert Smith has pushed its newly qualified salary up 10 per cent to £55,000. The Lawyer can reveal Herbert Smith is boosting associate salaries by a 17 per cent average across the firm, effective May 1. Trainees at the firm saw their pay rise £2,000 annually, or approximately six per cent. First year trainee pay […]

Camerons’ partner appointments dip to four

Only four associates at CMS Cameron McKenna made partner this year, the lowest count in four years. Just two partners were made up in London, capital markets lawyer Will Dibble and financial services specialist Ash Saluja. Last year the firm made three promotions and one lateral hire in the London office. London usually dominates the […]

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