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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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First day back from the summer break, and lawyers across the country are rushing to their desks with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts. Of course, September is traditionally a time for workplace resolutions, pledges and vows. Kicking off is Macfarlanes, which as we reveal today (see story), has vowed to […]

C&I Group establishes group for City bank lawyers

The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group is ­setting up a sub-group aimed at providing support for London-based in-house banking lawyers. The group is being set up in the wake of the financial crisis to provide a support, training and lobbying ­function for the C&I Group’s banking lawyers. “There are many pressures on in-house counsel at banks in terms of […]

A&O and Linklaters take on Schaeffler debt restructure

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles in the restructuring of German company Schaeffler’s debt, paving the way for the ball-bearing producer to merge with auto-parts manufacturer Continental. A&O was handed the mandate from Schaeffler thanks to a longstanding relationship between the company and A&O Düsseldorf partner Rolf Koerfer. Known as one of ­Germany’s leading […]

Forsters targets Middle East, Africa with Radcliffes capture

Private client and ­property boutique Forsters has hired former ­RadcliffesLeBrasseur ­private client chief Kelly Noel-Smith. The appointment is expected to catapult the firm into the Middle East and Africa high-net-worth ­sector, where the firm is ­currently lacking a presence. “We’re trying to broaden the private client practice,” managing partner Paul Roberts told The Lawyer. “Two years ago we took on […]

Former Freshfields finance chief surfaces at DMH

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer head of finance Perry Noble has joined DMH Stallard as a consultant. Perry Noble The appointment comes as part of the DMH Stallard’s strategy of marketing itself as an alternative to established City firms.  Managing partner Tim Aspinall said Noble’s arrival was a “coup” for the south east firm, adding: “His […]

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