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By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

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By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Study in Hong Kong

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System is 'incorruptible' say judges

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In brief: Shoosmiths builds new office block

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Frankfurt recruit

* Freshfields has hired another senior German lawyer to work in its Frankfurt office. Alexander Mentz, previously with German chemical company Degussa AG, has joined the 16-strong office.

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