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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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Careers: People

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has appointed three corporate finance associates from Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester. Paul Rimmer, Nick Roome and Peter Hindle rejoin partner Darryl Cooke, who joined DLA Piper from Addleshaws last August. Welsh firm Hugh James has strengthened its commercial property team with the hire of a new partner, Penny Cranston, from […]

Stephenson Harwood raids McGrigors

Stephenson Harwood is reinforcing its financial services capability with the hire of a corporate partner from McGrigors. John Buyers joins Stephenson Harwood in the firm’s commercial, outsourcing and technology group. His experience includes acting for a major European bank on what was at the time Poland’s largest IT deal, the merger of two Polish banks. […]

Osborne Clarke partners rejoice after war on costs wipes out £9m debt

Osborne Clarke has wiped out almost £9m in debt after two years of tight financial management. The Bristol-based firm was £8.8m in debt at the end of the 2002-03 financial year following a period of aggressive expansion and heavy investment in staff. However, a cost-cutting and financial management initiative headed by managing partner Simon Beswick […]

Child minders

The NSPCC’s power to take action puts it at the forefront of child protection. This is not something that the charity’s lawyers take lightly. Joanne Harris reports Among the hundreds of children’s charities operating in the UK today, the NSPCC holds a unique position. As the only children’s charity with statutory powers that enable it to […]

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