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

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Tory shadow cabinet member Gary Streeter, who was fined £1,000 last week for professional misconduct, resigned from the partnership at Foot & Bowden in May, it has emerged. Streeter, who joined the partnership at the Plymouth firm in 1984, has now become a consultant. Both Streeter and the firm said the decision was prompted by […]

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London arbitrators' cost promise is welcomed

In a move welcomed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, and the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, London arbitrators are promising to cap arbitration costs to 20 per cent of the amount in dispute. Lord Woolf, who has been calling for the concept of making costs proportionate to the amount of issue, said […]

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