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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 […]



Apax is a long-term client of private equity specialist SJ Berwin. Corporate finance partner John Daghlian has already acted on the last three funds for the house, but this one is believed to be one of the largest ever raised in Europe – most are usually around half the value of Europe V. SJ Berwin […]


Born-again lawyers

Five years ago, as a 33-year-old senior banker of public school and Oxbridge education, possessing a Legal Practice Course (LPC) distinction and 12 years relevant banking/banking law experience, I embarked upon a second career as a finance lawyer with some optimism. Today, three years qualified by conventional standards, treated in most respects as four years […]

A legend in the faking

There are so many stereotypes for lawyers that most have lost any humour they might originally have held. However, one that still rings true is that Freshfields partners are frightfully posh. But Tulkinghorn is pleased to be able to finally (and exclusively) bring the curtains down on this last great myth. It seems this poshness […]

The Leader column

Oh, the trills of delight at Allen & Overy (A&O). And oh, the snorts of disbelief at Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters & Alliance – swiftly alchemised into studied indifference – when we revealed A&O’s hire of Cravath Swaine & Moore partner Dan Cunningham last week. But haven’t we been here before? The […]

English Partnerships declares results of reviewed law panel

Nabarro Nathanson, Hammond Suddards Edge and DLA are among the casualties of a major panel review at English Partnerships, the Government’s urban regeneration agency. The chosen firms are Eversheds, Denton Wilde Sapte, Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Warrington firm Forshaws. Firms covering niches such as the Greenwich Peninsula have still to be finalised, but are likely […]

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