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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

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Iain Thomas) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland hotel and leisure team in relation to a facility (amount undisclosed) to Peel Hotels to fund the acquisition of the Avon George Hotel in Bristol and the George Hotel in Wallingford, and on the refinancing of existing borrowings secured on other hotels. […]

Linklaters takes top billing in Asian M&A deal league tables

Linklaters is top of Thomson Financial’s half-yearly league tables for announced Asian M&A on both value and volume, but other UK firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith, have plummeted down the rankings Overall M&A activity for Asian jurisdictions, excluding Japan, has fallen by 23.07 per cent from the same period in 2001 – […]

Dewey loses NY team to Stroock

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