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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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Baker & McKenzie appoints female chief

Baker & McKenzie has elected Christine Lagarde as its first female global chief executive. Lagarde’s position as chairman of the executive committee of the world’s largest law firm will make her one of the most powerful people in the legal profession. Her appointment, officially announced today, makes her the first European partner to serve as […]

Hammonds nets barrister for new advocacy unit

Hammond Suddards is poaching a barrister to head a nationwide advocacy unit that the firm is launching. Patrick Walker is leaving Leeds commercial chambers Chancery House Chambers in November to become director for advocacy at Hammonds. He will initially be overseeing the advocacy training of between 10 and 12 lawyers. But Peter Crossley, head of […]

Gaymer calls on firms to deal with discrimination in-house

leading employment lawyer Janet Gaymer has called on law firms to use arbitration to settle in-house sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Gaymer, head of employment at Simmons & Simmons, says law firms should deal with disputes as soon as possible instead of letting situations get out of hand. Her comments implicitly criticise the way Cameron […]

Top lawyer faces legal action from CPS union

One of the country’s leading civil liberties lawyers, Louise Christian, is being threatened with legal action by the CPS’ main union. The First Division Association (FDA) plans to take advice over Christian’s comments in a newspaper that prosecutors “tend to be people who failed to make it at the Bar or in solicitors’ practices so […]

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