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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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Jane Kennedy MP’s appointment last week to become joint number two to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has caused some bemusement, in both legal circles and in her constituency. Kennedy, who is MP for the central Liverpool constituency of Wavertree, has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary. She believes that her lack of legal training is actually […]

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