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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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Rumour has it that a leading insurer recently brought together all its panel firms for a meeting. At the start of it, they were told: “Anyone not prepared to handle claims at less than £x an hour can leave the room now.” It is now accepted wisdom that insurers’ review of law firm panels has […]

Berrymans swaps Brussels alliance

Berrymans Lace Mawer is ending its 10-year alliance with Belgian firm Antoine Baedens et Associes. Berrymans is transferring its allegiance to another firm in Belgium, which will be set up in August by Philippe de Clercq, currently a partner at Baedens. Paul Taylor, national senior partner at Berrymans, says the move will allow the firm […]

In brief: Attorney General John Morris

Attorney General John Morris will today (Monday) be asked to make a statement on the case of prosecutor Maria Bamieh, who won her case against the Crown Prosecution Service for racial discrimination. Her Member of Parliament, Andrew Dismore, is due to put a written question to Morris, asking him to comment on the case and […]

In brief: Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has exceeded its targets for turnover and profits, with turnover up 15 per cent this year. Michael Shepherd, senior partner at the 46-partner firm, says results have been “moderated” by investment in expansion, including new offices. Shepherd says: “We had a solid performance across the board, with our main growth in […]

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