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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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Scots take flak over hostile complaints culture

Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman Garry Watson has expressed concern at solicitors’ hostility or overly casual attitude when told the Law Society of Scotland is investigating a complaint against them. In his annual report to Scotland’s Secretary of State, Watson says most solicitors were anxious to resolve problems as quickly as possible, but some became aggressive […]

Law practices reap benefit of property market boom

Many medium-sized London law firms are expanding so quickly that they are scouring the City for new office space. According to Jonathan Solomon, commercial property partner at Norton Rose, medium-sized practices are looking to move into new and bigger offices to cope with burgeoning workloads. “In recent weeks, I have had enquiries from four firms […]

Farrer & Co explains how to fire employees

FARRER & Co has produced a guide to the prickly issue of disciplining and firing employees following a sharp rise in the number of unfair dismissal claims reaching the courts. Disciplining and Dismissing Employees – A Guide for Managers is aimed at line managers and advises how to deal with employees without giving cause for […]

Constants takes on Paris-based lawyer

London law firm Constant & Constant has appointed Paris-based sole practitioner Ferdinand Vroom as a partner in its Paris office. Vroom has merged his practice with Constant & Constant to specialise in international shipping, transport and finance law. He qualified as an English solicitor in 1977, was admitted as an avocat in 1993 and ran […]

All in good time

Scottish part-time employees potentially have greater rights than their English counterparts as a result of the differences in approach to the time-bar adopted by the Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). Prior to the landmark House of Lords decision in R v Secretary of State for Employment, ex parte EOC (1994), employees who worked for fewer […]

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