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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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Irwin Mitchell takes lead on Legal Services Act

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Taylor Wessing names new real estate head

Taylor Wessing has appointed Keith Barnett to head its UK real estate practice following the decision by Adam Marks to step down on 1 November. Barnett, who had been the firm’s head of development since 2002, will head the firm’s third most lucrative practice after corporate and IP, which houses 15 partners and a total […]

3i takes new general counsel from GE

Private equity firm 3i has snared General Electric (GE) senior managing director Kevin Dunn to take up the post of general counsel following the planned retirement of its general counsel Tony Brierley. Dunn, who joins the LSE-listed group today will be responsible for the group’s legal, compliance and internal audit functions and will oversee a […]

Eversheds stalwart Viv Du-Feu quits for Welsh firm

Eversheds_office.jpg” alt=”Eversheds stalwart Viv Du-Feu quits for Welsh firm” />Eversheds head of international employment Viv Du-Feu has left the firm for Welsh-based commercial firm Capital Law. Du-Feu, who became a partner in 1984 and has established one of the largest employment law groups in the UK, joins Capital law as an equity partner, bringing the […]

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