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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?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna acted for West LB Panmure and Marshal Securities, joint sponsors and financial advisers to Wilmington Group, on its placing of 7.3 million new ordinary shares subject to the right of shareholders to apply for the Wilmington shares under an open offer. The shares were placed at £4 per share, raising gross proceeds […]

Pleming to head 39 Essex Street

Leading public lawyer Nigel Pleming QC is to become the new head of chambers at 39 Essex Street. Pleming, who recently won the latest round of the Pinochet saga as lead counsel for the Kingdom of Belgium, will replace Edwin Glasgow QC at the beginning of April. Glasgow has completed his three-year term at the […]

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The new service called CallCounsel will offer those advising the public immediate access to advice in housing, immigration and employment, by telephone or in writing from barristers at the chambers, without having to go through the bureaucracy previously involved. Head of Chambers Owen Davies QC said “This is a real “first” for the bar and […]

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Arthur Farrer, former partner at Farrer & Co, the Queen’s firm of solicitors. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham said Farrer had breached the 1989 Firearms Act by telling his 81-year-old mother where he kept the keys to his gun cupboard. The police never suggested that his mother has handled the guns or “expressed any […]

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