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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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Uproar as TCC hands judges mediation role

A controversial new scheme in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), which will see judges mediating settlements for the first time, has sparked a blazing row in the alternative dispute resolution community. The pilot of the Court Settlement Process kicked off last week (1 June) and is set to run until next July. It will […]

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Eversheds chief executive David Gray was reported to be “in ebullient mood” over the firm’s financial results (The Lawyer, 29 May). However, news reached Tulkinghorn recently that suggests  it was not the figures that cheered the Grayster, but something altogether more fundamental. Yes, the foundations for the firm’s brand spanking new offices were declared sound […]

South Africa’s biggest law firm merger waits on competition clearance

Edward Nathan and Sonnenberg Hoffmann Galombik are merging to create South Africa’s largest law firm. The merger, which is subject to clearance by the South African competition authority, is expected to be completed by September. The combined firm will have 113 partners and a turnover of in excess of 400m rand (£32m). The 290-lawyer firm […]

Skadden tempts Norton Rose partner away

Norton Rose has lost one of its newest partners to the London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Arbitration and litigation specialist Bruce Macaulay was one of 23 associates promoted to the partnership with effect from 1 May 2006. Instead, he is due to join Skadden later this year. Macaulay focuses primarily on […]

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