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Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

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

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

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

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

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Paul Asplin’s letter, “Insurers v Intermediaries” (The Lawyer, 7 April) refers to my company, Greystoke Legal Services, as an intermediary. While technically this may be correct, it is not the whole picture. Greystoke underwrite, administer and settle claims on a fully delegated authority basis on behalf of Lombard General Insurance, a standard & Poor’s AA-rated […]

In brief: Watt new senior partner at Charles Russell

Charles Russell’s newly elected senior partner is Laurie Watt (right), currently the firm’s head of litigation. Watt will take over on 1 May from John South, who is retiring but remaining at the firm as a consultant. The firm says its fee income is forecast to exceed £21m in the current year and has grown […]

Computer companies sign joint ACE rescue mission

(Elizabeth Davidson ) TWO computer companies have signed a deal to mount a joint rescue plan for 25 firms which were left stranded after practice management system supplier ACE quit the solicitor’s market. Practice management system suppliers Peapod Solutions and Tech Computer Office (TCO) have not merged, but agreed earlier this month to work together […]

Conviction on the menu

The case of a hotel sandwich board which upset planners in Bideford, North Devon, is to return to the local magistrates’ court. But when it returns, the magistrates have been given no choice but to convict hotelier Alan Jarad for breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 by putting the […]

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