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The Home Office is threatening to instigate a shake-up in the commission that looks into suspected miscarriages of justice in a bid to clear the backlog of cases. A Home Affairs Select Committee is due to report on the Criminal Cases Review Commission in the next few weeks. Labour MP Paul Stinchcombe, who sits on […]

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Merger talks between Newcastle firms Jacksons and Crutes have broken down at the last minute. The two firms – which sources say have been in talks for three weeks – say the discussions broke down due to “operational concerns and potential client conflicts”. An industry source says the talks had reached the stage where Jacksons […]

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