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

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OR Court to pick own experts

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Couderts appoints tax expert as it targets UK funds work

US-BASED international firm Coudert Brothers has taken the first step in building a UK tax and funds practice by hiring Clifford Chance tax specialist James Benger. Articled at Clifford Turner (now Clifford Chance), Benger spent eight years with the firm before joining Couderts London office this month. He is concentrating on structuring on- and off-shore […]

In brief: Pannone & Partners

In our last issue we reported that the practice formerly carried on under the name Pannone & Partners had split. The two practices, Pannone & Partners in Manchester and Pannone Pritchard Englefield in London have written saying that since the article referred to there being a “difference in profit” between the two practices and suggested […]

Allen & Overy develops Japan finance practice

LEADING City firm Allen & Overy is expanding its finance law practice in the Asia-Pacific region with the appointment of capital markets specialist Andrew Ballheimer to its Tokyo office. Alex Pease, the partner in charge of the Tokyo office, which was established in 1988, says: “Andrew has considerable experience in both international and domestic capital […]

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