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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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Cravath lawyer moves to McDermott as partner

McDermott Will & Emery has hired Cravath Swaine & Moore lawyer Paul Scrivano as a partner in its M&A and securities practice Scrivano has worked on a number of complex transactions, including hostile and cross-border deals. He acts for both issuers and underwriters in public offerings of debt and equity securities.

Virgin reviews panel after twelve months

In an extraordinarily proactive move, Virgin Group is reviewing its legal panel after just over a year While Virgin is not officially putting panel places out to tender until next year, the review could amount to “additions or dropoffs” of member firms. Virgin set up its 11-firm panel last May. Before then, it had a […]

Director action

John Madden and Lisa Toporek take a look at new directions for corporate governance in the US The recent corporate scandals at companies such as Enron and WorldCom have given rise not only to the perception that the ‘gatekeepers’, on whom investors rely to assure market integrity, have failed, but also to widespread expectations that […]

Norton Rose completes rejig of management

Norton Rose has finalised its management team and appointed corporate finance partner James Bateson and litigation partner Patrick Farrell to fill the two remaining posts The appointments are very much in line with the firm’s strategy to modernise its management structure by including a number of younger partners.Chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Martyr said: “Patrick […]

Good lucking

While some may regard him as the Don Quixote of law, Kathryn Hobbs finds out that Hammonds managing partner Chris Jones’s optimism is well-founded

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