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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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Manzoor slams amendments to Legal Services Bill

The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill. Manzoor, in her annual report, urged the Government to ensure the reforms deliver what was intended for the consumer and the profession. The report states that Manzoor is particularly concerned that recent amendments made by the House of […]

Linde raids Johnson & Johnson for new GC

Energy group Linde has hired Christian Rau from Johnson & Johnson to replace outgoing general counsel Nick Deeming. Rau was head of legal for Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Johnson & Johnson, and had also spent time in the company’s US and Brussels offices. Before that, Rau worked in the Berlin and Cologne offices of […]

Hogan lures Freshfields Paris partner as magic circle shrinks Euro IP/IT depts

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost its second European partner to a US firm in a week after Paris IP head Xavier Buffet Delmas defected to Hogan & Hartson. Last week Dewey Ballantine raided the firm’s Frankfurt office for capital markets partner Walburga Kullmann, and these hires follow SJ Berwin‘s hire of Freshfields German IP partner […]

Latham boosts Munich with Shearman hire

Latham & Watkins has boosted its Munich office with the hire of Shearman & Sterling finance ace Andreas Diem, who becomes the firm’s third European partner hire this month. Diem’s practice focuses on real estate finance, banking and acquisition finance. He joined Shearman & Sterling in 2002 as a partner from Gleiss Lutz. Christopher Hall, […]

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