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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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Bevan Ashford takes on Mitac head of legal

Bevan Ashford has bolstered its South West commercial property team by hiring the head of legal from Bath-based motor industry consultancy Mitac. Peter Fox joins Bevan Ashford’s Taunton office as commercial property partner after three years at Mitac, which operates exclusively in the motor industry. Fox was a company director and provided general commercial advice. […]

Technology, Media and telecoms

Crown Castle signs deals with BT and Dolphin Telecommunications to expand mobile telephone networks. Crown Castle advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (John Worthy). BT advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Dolphin Telecom advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett.

Simmons & Simmons set for global management shake-up

Simmons & Simmons is planning a radical overhaul of its management structure to increase representation for its international offices. At the moment none of Simmons’ partners outside London are represented on the firm’s executive, despite accounting for some 25 per cent of the firm’s turnover. The firm has two committees – a strategy committee and […]

stolt offshore group

This is the third loan facility to companies within the Stolt Offshore Group to be led by Den Norske Bank in New York, and Stephenson Harwood has advised the syndicate of banks on all three. Sheila Obhrai, a senior assistant in the firm’s five-partner ship financing group, led all three deals – the others completed […]

Eversheds advises Shipman inquiry

Eversheds is setting up a dedicated public inquiry practice after being appointed legal adviser for the forthcoming Harold Shipman inquiry. The Shipman case is the second high-profile inquiry Eversheds has been appointed to. It tendered for and won Lord Saville’s Bloody Sunday inquiry in July 1998, and had more than 20 lawyers based in Northern […]

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