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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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The BBC’s Question Time last Thursday (31 March) was graced by the presence of Tom Wheadon, Simmons & Simmons partner and expert on GSM Gateways. Wheadon was an outstanding guest, defending his ‘leader’ Michael Howard’s dismissal of Tory MPs for having an opinion (Howard Flight, what were you thinking?) and somehow holding himself back from […]

Macfarlanes lawyers go back to school in e-mentoring role

Macfarlanes is currently running an e-mentoring scheme with an East London school. Under the scheme, the firm’s lawyers have been paired with pupils facing their GCSEs in an attempt to demystify the City. The lawyers do not appear to be pulling their punches: “If this mentoring is going to give you anything worthwhile, I think […]

Norton Rose wins Hammonds banking head

Hammonds has lost its former head of banking in Birmingham to Norton Rose. Ashley Allton will join Norton Rose’s leveraged finance team in May. Allton was at Hammonds for three and a half years. He was not affected by Hammonds’ recent decision to institute a lock-in as he resigned in September 2004 and has spent […]

Freshfields partners’ final salary pension scheme faces the chop

Last final salary scheme in City faces axe as annual costs soar to estimated £35m; retirement age to be standardised Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Anthony Salz has kicked off a controversial review of the partners’ treasured final salary pension scheme. The magic circle firm is virtually the only one in the City whose current […]

Careers: In brief

Richard Barnett, senior partner of Southport conveyancing firm Barnetts, has been appointed as a director on the board of Pisces (property information systems common exchange standard). He is already chairman of Pisces’ lenders’ conveyancing workgroup. Pisces is an electronic data exchange standard designed for the UK property market that aims to ease information transfers between […]

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