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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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Eversheds closes Bristol office in Cardiff relocation

Eversheds is shutting down its Bristol office, its second closure in less than five months. The closure of the 10-partner office is due to be finalised by 1 May, the beginning of the firm’s financial year, and will leave it without a presence in the South of England. All the staff at the Bristol office, […]

Pinsent Curtis Biddle pair quit after merger

Two partners have quit Pinsent Curtis Biddle. They will be the first to leave the newly-created firm. Media partner Duncan Lamont is joining Charles Russell while copyright specialist Hubert Best has also resigned and is believed to be in talks with Hammond Suddards Edge. Regional firm Pinsent Curtis and media specialist Biddle’s merger became official […]

Real Estate and Projects

The Crown Estate buys Fleet Place House, London EC4, for £60m from Heron London Developments. The Crown Estate advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Martin Quicke and Richard Perkins). Heron advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Graham Lust and Paul Jayson).

Wessing closes Leipzig office to go international

German law firm Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler is closing its Leipzig office in order to consolidate its image as an international player. Partners Klaus Bandekow and Karsten Zorn are joining local law firm Van Berg, which already has a close relationship with Wessing. Partner Susanne Pohle is setting up her own practice in Leipzig and partners […]

Corporate

So it’s goodbye Patrick Drayton, current director general at the Takeover Panel, and hello Philip Remnant, senior banker at Credit Suisse First Boston, who will begin a two-year secondment in April. But oh, Mr Remnant, do you really know what you’ve let yourself in for? Heading the Takeover Panel has hardly been a bed of […]

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