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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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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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In brief: LCD consults on immunity against costs

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has published a consultation document considering the provisions on awards of costs against magistrates and other officials such as coroners. The move follows a number of recent cases in which costs have been awarded against magistrates, and concern has been expressed that they could, in theory, be asked to pay. The […]

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