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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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A&O associates to get 15 per cent salary hike in massive pay shake-up

Allen & Overy is launching a radical shake-up of associate salaries as it announces a new pay scheme connected to the firm’s overall profitability. The package will scrap the current London bonus system and will see a hike in pay of 15 per cent across the board for London associates and trainees starting at the […]

Faegre falls foul of Speechly tech raid

Speechly Bircham has bolstered its new technology and commerce group with the hire of Faegre & Benson’s London head of IP. Robert Bond joins Speechly to head up the technology and commerce group from the London office of the US firm. He had been part of Faegre’s IP group for 11 years. Bond specialises in […]

Grim day for DLA as Court of Appeal dismisses JJB and Littlewoods cases

DLA Piper and Brick Court Chambers today lost two landmark cases in the Court of Appeal after two long-running cases of price-fixing were dismissed, upholding earlier decisions by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The court’s decisions are a blow to DLA clients JJB Sports and Littlewoods and also to Argos, which was advised by […]

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Ireland is experiencing a trend of relocations as companies cash in on their city properties and move out of town. By Mark Barr One of the notable trends in the Irish property market over recent years has been the number of traditional businesses with valuable property portfolios disposing of valuable city-centre premises for significant windfalls […]

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