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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 […]

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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Disgruntled litigant Geoffrey Scriven v the entire legal profession. This week, the Cheshire businessman is being taken to the High Court by Lord Williams of Mostyn for breaching his undertaking not to ‘scandalise the court’, an offence dating back to 1344. In 1997 the then-Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell took Scriven to court for the […]

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Macfarlanes has scooped a new client – and a £1bn deal. Macfarlanes has been chosen by Compagnie de Saint -Gobain, a French building materials supplier, to handle its bid for UK company Meyer International. The French company usually uses Slaughter and May for its UK legal work. Slaughters has not missed out on the cross-border […]

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Chris Hoyle is one of the leading telecoms lawyers in London, and his departure will be a big blow to Rakisons. The telecoms practice generates nearly a quarter of the firm’s turnover. Hoyle is the third partner to join KLegal this year from a top City firm. Last month the firm poached PFI partner Gareth […]

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