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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

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Tony Blair has stepped into the debate over the Government’s decision to increase civil court fees by employing a procedural device to get the issue debated in Parliament. It is, however, highly unlikely that the Labour leader will be able to use the device, known as “laying a prayer”, to force a vote on the […]

In brief: Law Soc motion turns away from counsel

The Law Society should seek outside opinions from experienced solicitors rather than counsel, under a motion adopted by the council last week. If an opinion is sought from counsel by staff the president or another Law Society officeholder must be notified as soon as possible.

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Last year media and entertainment mega-deals had to compete for editorial space with less stellar transactions, as the sector moved towards predator consolidation and diversification at all levels. The year began with the £3bn MAI acquisition of United News and Media. The merger created one of the biggest media combines in the UK and one […]

Where house sales are property of solicitors

Perhaps it is a measure of the success of the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) that the taxi driver not only drove me straight to the door but double parked and went inside for a look. Every day 8,000 people join him and march into the smart, spacious central offices to view over 6,000 properties, […]

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