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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 […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

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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Round two in legal privilege war

The battle between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW) and the Law Society over legal privilege took a new twist last week when the ICAEW handed the Home Office an opinion from a second top Brick Court silk. Last year the Home Office rushed out a consultation proposing that legal privilege […]

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Boxclever acquisition by Cerberus The London office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has closed its first deal for US vulture fund Cerberus. A team led by former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Tim Emmerson and including Russell Jacobs and Derek Wee advised Cerberus on its last-minute involvement in the acquisition of the operating assets and securitised debt of […]

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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (John Cutler, Richard Mann, Alex Dumphy) advised Barclays Leveraged Finance on the £75m debt funding of the secondary buyout of Tragus Group, owner of the Café Rouge and Bella Italia restaurant chains, among others. Clifford Chance (William Glaister, Rod Howell) advised BNP Paribas, Royal Bank of Scotland and Morgan Stanley as joint […]

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A dispute over conservatory parts’ patent rights in Ultraframe v The Burnden Group has reached epic proportions, with a further six weeks being added to the trial length. Patent cases usually last a few days and involve four barristers, but with the added weeks the High Court case is now expected to last at least […]

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