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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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Kennedys upturn sees partners take a share in bumper profits

Kennedys turnover for 2001 has risen by 13 per cent on last year’s £24.7m The insurance litigation specialist capitalised on a year in which counter-cyclical litigation practices have come to the fore to raise fee income to £28m.Equity partners will benefit from a bumper harvest because profits are up by a huge margin. This year […]

Deals summary

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Mark Vickers) is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with Duke Street Capital Leisure Investments’ hostile public takeover bid for Esporta. The bid is worth £133m. Duke Street is being advised by Clifford Chance (Robert Lee).

Bogaert corners automotive market with partner hires

Landwell’s Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeulebroeke has taken on a team of three partners and seven associates from domestic law firm Buyle Dieryck Van Looveren Maingain The new hires give Bogaert pre-eminence in the niche automotive sector and make Landwell Belgian’s largest firm numerically with more than 150 lawyers.Buyle Dieryck name partner Wilfried Van Looveren […]

Manchester firms see modest growth

Like the city’s infamous weather, the fortunes of Manchester’s law firms have been mixed over the past few months Unstable markets, economic doom-mongering and fears about interest rates have all had a considerable effect. Turnover figures continued to rise, but, with one or two exceptions, growth rates are well down on last year. Those hardest […]

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