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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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Minters closes in NY and San Diego

Australian firm Minter Ellison is closing its New York and San Diego offices and consolidating its presence in a new base in San Francisco. The firm currently has one partner based in the New York office and one partner and six other fee-earners in its San Diego office. The move is in part prompted by […]

Latham & Watkins in fresh raids on Linklaters and Simmons

Linklaters is continuing to find itself vulnerable to US firms’ attentions after losing a Paris capital markets partner to Latham & Watkins. Roberto Cristofolini, who joined Linklaters in 1984 and became a partner in 1994, is joining Latham’s 95-lawyer Paris office. He is believed to have a stellar client list, which includes many of France’s […]

Holman Fenwick in management shake-up

For the first time, Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed a managing partner, while senior partner Robert Wilson has been replaced by Roderick O’Sullivan. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, his coincides with a grass roots reorganisation of the firm’s departments in an attempt to dispel its image as a shipping practice. Previously, departments were split into […]

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