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I want to clarify the position of the council members who were unable to take part in the council meeting on the future of professional indemnity. The date of the council meeting was re-arranged in January, which caused difficulties for some members. Nine could not attend due to unavoidable commitments, such as clients’ court dates, […]

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Prosecutor at centre of row takes top regional CPS post

A prosecutor who left female lawyers distressed and in tears after a furious bust-up has been promoted to a senior management role in the Crown Prosecution Service.David Adams has been appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor in Derbyshire, with status equivalent to the area’s chief constable. The row prompted an external review of staff relations and the […]

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