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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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ANZ boosts global panel to 32 firms

Australian banking giant ANZ has conducted a wholesale review of its legal panel, expanding its roster of external counsel from nine to 32 firms. Australian banking giant ANZ has conducted a wholesale review of its legal panel, expanding its roster of external counsel from nine to 32 firms. The bank’s last review in 2000 saw it […]

Outer Temple silk to head Euro Circuit

Outer Temple Chambers’ Gerard McDermott QC is succeeding Lord Brennan QC of Matrix Chambers as leader of the European Circuit. McDermott will be the third leader of the circuit, which was established in 2001 to bring together barristers working in European law, barristers working in Europe and other lawyers with an interest in the practice […]

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