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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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Dundas & Wilson guides Donald Trump to planning success

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Ashurst’s German du nuts

One of the secrets of Ashurst‘s success in Germany is that everybody in the office calls each other ‘Du’, reckons Ashurst Germany managing partner Simon Beddow. ‘Du’ is the German informal address traditionally reserved for close friends or family, although in times of old one would use ‘Sie’, the formal address, even for one’s parents […]

CC and Lovells navigate Egyptian law on Abraaj acquisition

Clifford Chance and Lovells played lead roles on a major refinancing in the Middle East and North Africa. Lovells, led by global head of Islamic finance Rahail Ali, advised Middle East private equity firm Abraaj Capital on its $424m (£205.85m) refinancing of Indo Egyptian Fertiliser Company (EFC). Earlier this year (11 June) The Lawyer reported […]

Bloxham forgoes appeal in Freshfields defeat

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in his age discrimination claim. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 November), Bloxham said in a statement through Dawsons Solicitors that he considers there are potential grounds of appeal regarding a number […]

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