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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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Silk earns over £2m from Bloody Sunday Inquiry

Silk Edwin Glasgow QC of 39 Essex Street has been paid more than £2m from the public purse for his work representing members of the armed forces in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry Defence minister Adam Ingram confirmed that Glasgow had received £2,155,288, which makes him the highest-paid lawyer involved in the inquiry.

Nowhere to hide

The Family Court was always regarded as private. But that was before a judgment allowed Glory Anne Clibbery to talk to the press about her broken relationship. Jon Robins reports “I thought that it was love, but I was no more than a sexual slave.” This was the headline-friendly revelation of Glory Anne Clibbery, as […]

Verner Liipfert scoops Afghanistan govt work

Washington DC-based Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand has scooped the interim government of Afghanistan as a new client The law and lobbying firm has been retained by the government to liaise with the US government over aid and investment. The firm will act on a pro bono basis.Earlier this month, President George Bush called […]

Andersen Luther, E&Y to merge

Andersen Legal’s German legal arm Andersen Luther has voted in favour of a merger with Ernst & Young Ernst & Young voted this weekend and Andersens is expected to announce an agreement in principle in the next few days.The merger will create a link-up between Andersens and Ernst & Young’s associated firm Menold & Aulinger […]

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