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New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

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Deals Summary

Nabarro Nathanson (David Wright, John Staheli) advised Slough Estates subsidiary Farnborough Business Park on the lease of 1 Meadow Gate Avenue to Autodesk for a term of 15 years at an initial rent of almost £1m per annum. Field Fisher Waterhouse (Suzanne Middleton-Lindsley) advised Autodesk. SJ Berwin advised Brixton plc on the acquisition of Hatton […]

The heart of the Black Country

Exciting developments in the Black Country. Well, that’s what last week’s press release from Waldrons Solicitors promised at any rate. “Black Country solicitors have taken on a new recruit with a difference,” it proclaimed.Said new recruit, a Mr Adrian Ruffhead, it transpires, is a ‘radical’ Christian, who has just spent two years on the Ivory […]

The insurance trade

With huge amounts of money at stake, insurance and reinsurance claims arising from 11 September were inevitable. Matthew Line assesses the status of the ongoing litigation The tragic events of 11 September have given rise to some extremely complex legal issues. The complexities of these issues and the staggering sums of money involved have inevitably […]

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