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Sandra Davis' Week: The price of justice

Date:6 OCT 2011

Sandra DavisThe BBC reported last Friday on the latest round of court closures in Shropshire as part of the Ministry of Justice's rationalisation drive that will see up to 142 courts closed in England & Wales. The recent closure of Market Drayton Ludlow and Oswestry Magistrates' courts and Ludlow and Shrewsbury County Courts will save the Ministry of Justice claims £300 000 each year. The business of the closed courts is being transferred to Telford County Court.

Meanwhile this week saw the start of the trial of Boris Berezovsky's claim for £3.5bn in damages from Roman Abramovich. The action turns on the circumstances in which Berezovsky transferred shares in two Russian companies "Sibneft" and "Rusal" to Abramovich.

The Abramovich case is being heard by Mrs Justice Gloster sitting in Court 26 of the Rolls Building of the Commercial Court. Both parties have retained a formidable legal team for the litigation which is apparently set to last...

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