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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 […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Promotion of indigenous R&D in pharmaceutical industry by the Delhi High Court

By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

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A STAUNCH critic of Martin Mears has trounced an “anti-establishment” opponent in a Law Society Council by-election. Supporters of the campaign to oust Mears at this summer’s election will take heart from Andrew Holroyd’s victory in the Merseyside constituency by-election. But Mears stressed that the election was a purely local affair and pointed out that […]

Province of opportunities

There was a sharp intake of breath amongst Northern Irish firms when they heard that London-based Kennedys and Dublin-based Arthur Cox were to open offices in the province last year. As one local lawyer said: “After all the years of people not so much as wanting to stay overnight, it is annoying that they are […]

New senior partner at Fishburn Boxer

PROFESSIONALS are increasingly being made scapegoats when things go wrong, according to Andrew Davis, new senior partner at insurance law firm Fishburn Boxer. Davis, whose appointment will take effect from the beginning of next month, sees his role as “consolidating and building upon the existing success of the firm”. He replaces existing senior partner Richard […]

Grounds for appeal in Westminster case

It is unlikely that any of the council members or officers surcharged at the conclusion of the Westminster ‘homes for votes’ inquiry will accept the penalty without challenge. And Dame Shirley Porter and her colleagues have a right of appeal against the decision of district auditor John Magill. But in hearing appeals from a local […]

Leading legal aid lawyer appointed as Circuit Judge

PROMINENT London legal aid solicitor Robert Winstanley has been appointed a Circuit Judge. Winstanley, who founded north London legal aid firm Winstanley Burgess with longtime friend and colleague David Burgess, has already started his new job on the South East Circuit. His appointment as a full-time judge has forced him to resign from both his […]

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