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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/10/95

IAN GORDON COCKBURN, 49, admitted 1969, practised as Cockburns, Brighton, struck off and ordered to pay £3,665 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised or held himself out as being entitled to practise without current practising certificate, failed to reconcile books of account, delivered accounts late, failed to keep accounts correctly, failed to pay client funds into […]

In brief: Lambeth lawyer faces investigation

The head of legal services at Lambeth Council appeared before a disciplinary hearing last week. Paul Lally, who has been suspended since March, was brought before an investigating panel of three councillors at the town hall on Thursday. The meeting is private and Lambeth Council has refused to discuss the nature of the charges against […]

Race event pulls top US attorneys

THE DEFENCE lawyers who acted for OJ Simpson and Rodney King are to speak at a major London conference on black people in the criminal justice system. Johnnie Cochran and Milton Grimes have accepted invitations to speak at next month’s ‘Race for Justice’ conference. Cochran, head defence attorney for Simpson, and Grimes, who acted for […]

Labour puts legal issues high on conference agenda

LEGAL issues play a leading role at this week’s Labour Party conference in Brighton. The event will culminate with a debate on Labour’s Access to Justice policy paper and its planned radical reforms of the legal profession. On Sunday the Society of Labour Lawyers meets, with guest speakers Paul Boateng MP, Labour legal spokesman, and […]

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