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Lovells defies crunch: turnover up 15 per cent

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UK mediators help clear Indian backlog

The Indian government has called on UK mediators as it attempts to clear a backlog of 29 million disputes that are clogging up its court system. It is expected that the move will allow UK lawyers to join India’s International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), taking India’s legal sector a step closer to liberalisation. […]

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