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Judgment Call: 5 November 2012

On an application under CPR r.39.2 for witnesses to give evidence in private, the judge had to consider whether there was a risk of reprisals against the witnesses such as to justify a derogation from the principle of open justice. Civil procedure Deripaska v Cherney. [2012] EWCA Civ 1235. Maurice Kay LJ; Munby LJ; Lewison, […]

LPO provider NewGalexy opens Scotland base with government grant

Outsourcing business NewGalexy is launching Scotland’s first ever Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) centre today (5 November), just months after the Scottish government’s economic wing pushed ahead with plans seeking to entice firms to open low costs bases in the country. NewGalexy is launching its LPO centre, which will focus on commercial contracts and the TMT […]

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Actavis GC to step down as US rival acquires company

The general counsel of Swiss generic drugmaker Actavis is to step down from the role as US rival Watson Pharmaceuticals acquires the company for €4.25bn (£3.4bn). Former Linklaters lawyer Roy Papatheodorou has been the general counsel for Actavis since 2010 and is expected to leave the combined pharmaceutical company, now the world’s third largest generic […]

Clarke Willmott transforms IT with £2m investment

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has embarked on a major IT investment, using IT specialist Tikit to upgrade its back-office hardware and desktops across its six offices around the country. Clarke Willmott has just begun transferring the Bristol office onto an upgraded platform running the latest software on brand-new servers; its five other offices […]

Teare J refuses to recuse himself from Ablyazov case

Addleshaw Goddard has failed in its bid to have Mr Justice Teare recuse himself from a $6bn dispute between Kazakh billionaire Mukhtar Ablyazov and JSC BTA Bank. Addleshaws made a last-minute application for Teare J to recuse himself last Thursday (25 October 2012), arguing that it could appear that the judge was biased against its […]

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