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

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COMPETITION in the UK buy-out market is set to become even more intense, following the £951m leveraged buy-out of insurance broker Willis Corroon by legendary US buy-out specialists Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). KKR shot to fame in the 1980s with its audacious $30bn buy-out of RJR Nabisco – at the time the world’s largest ever […]

War of the words

French plans to regulate MDPs have a sparked a debate between lawyers and accountancy firms which could lead to all-out war, reports Richard Tyler. Wherever you encounter the debate, the subject of lawyers and accountants working together has always been prickly. But in France, famed for its red-blooded defence of traditional working relationships, the exchange […]

In brief: Andersens withstands Texas allegations

Arthur Andersen has survived an 11-month investigation in Texas over allegations that the firm had engaged in the unauthorised practice of law. According to Andersens, the dispute centred on tax advice, which has historically been offered by both accountants and lawyers in the state.

Hill Dickinson partner quits for rival after alleged clash

A “personality clash” has led to a property partner at Hill Dickinson, a leading north west firm, defecting to Manchester rising star Wacks Caller. Anne Dobie is leaving Hill Dickinson after 15 years, after an alleged clash with her head of department Elizabeth Mackay and senior partner Paul Walton. One insider at Hill Dickinson said: […]

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