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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 […]

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Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

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

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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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Willkie team feels blow of Heymann departure

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is reeling after the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner, who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (17 March), outsourcing and private equity star Thomas Heymann is taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf, and a number of associates. There is […]

Doughty Street signs up three new tenants

Human rights set Doughty Street Chambers has appointed three new junior tenants, bringing the number of barristers at the set to 89. Public and administrative law specialist Nicholas Bowen joins Doughty Street from 29 Bedford Row. Bowen’s practice covers human rights law as well as public and administrative law, and he has apeared in judicial […]

Clifford Chance consolidates shipping, insurance

Clifford Chance is merging its insurance and reinsurance practice with its shipping group, creating a single 10-partner team. The move aims to exploit synergies between the two London teams. Insurance head Nicholas Munday will lead the group, which will operate as the insurance and shipping dispute resolution group, specialising in insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution […]

DLA Piper makes up 23 new partners

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has announced its latest round of partner promotions, with 23 lawyers being made up across the firm’s UK, European and Asian network. The new appointments bring to 413 the number of partners in the UK, Europe and Asia. As a distinct partnership, promotions on the US side of the business […]

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