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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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Loeff Claeys Verbeke opens in London

Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke plans to open a London office by 1 September. Sietze Hepkema, the firm’s spokesperson, said the office, to be based in the City and staffed by two partners and four associates, would be “independent” of six-year alliance partner Allen & Overy. But Hepkema said there were no plans for the […]

In brief: Hardwick & Company and Stallards merge

City corporate finance niche firms Hardwick & Company and Stallards are merging to form 11-partner Hardwick Stallards. Stallards, which has a representative shipping office in Barbados, is moving from its premises in Chiswell Street to Hardwick’s new offices in Jewry Street, EC3. Managing partner of the merged firm Simon Hardwick said the firm’s specialism in […]

Accountancy firms face prosecution in Portugal

Portugal’s attorney general, Cunha Rodrigues, is deciding whether to prosecute Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand over allegations that they advised on Portuguese law. Dr Soares Machado, president of the Lisbon Bar Association, said that the Bar had lodged a complaint against all three with Rodrigues. Two years ago, he said, Ernst […]

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