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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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Investigating road traffic accidents can require the services of a whole host of specialist witnesses, says ian Smith. Ian Smith is a former policeman and an expert witness with Professional Transport Advice Services. Experts in any discipline are a mine of useful information and none more so than in the field of road traffic accident […]

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When words mean everything

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