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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 […]


Legal Widow

“They’re talking about doing away with lockstep,” said the Lawyer, toying with his chicken chasseur on Saturday night. “That sounds like a dance,” said Liability, who does jazz dance on Saturday mornings. “Lockstep, lockstep, cha-cha-cha.” “It’s military, actually,” I said. “It’s a rhythm designed so that marching men can follow each other as closely as […]

Fruitless existence

Following Tulkinghorn’s recent exposé on Linklaters’ decision to withdraw jellybeans from its meeting rooms, he can now reveal that the firm is pursuing further perverse initiatives with its client offerings. In the latest move to cut costs, it is rumoured that Linklaters has removed all fruit from its meeting rooms. Initially, it restricted the contents […]

Lord Chancellor in silks U-turn

The Lord Chancellor has today indicated that he will be getting rid of the silks system by swapping it for a quality-mark set up by the barrister profession.The surprise concession by Lord Irvine ironically follows on the heels of his decision to appoint more silks than ever before in the recent round of appointments. The […]

Hammonds partner defects to Speechly Bircham

Hammonds has lost banking and finance partner Andrew Knight (left) to Speechly Bircham. Knight, who acts for banks and other lending institutions, will head Speechly Bircham’s finance team.

Failure to grow London sparks Haarmanns loss

German multidisciplinary partnership Haarmann Hem-melrath has lost highly rated London partner Jay Birch as a result of the firm’s inability to grow its London office.

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