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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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Manches recruits from rivals after losing department heads

MANCHES & Co has bounced back from the loss of its heads of insolvency and banking by hiring three partners from rival firms to bolster its property, insurance and construction teams. Commercial property specialist Peter Sugden has joined from the disintegrating West End firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman, Martin Benson arrives from niche insurance firm Fishburn […]

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Jeffrey Barratt of Norton Rose advised a syndicate of banks including Barclays Capital and Nations Bank on the provision of a £225m credit facility for Monument Oil & Gas

More partners quit Silverbeck Rymer

Two partners and two associates have quit Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer – which has now lost six partners, including four heads of department and four associates, in the past two months. Plaintiff litigation partner Keith Teare and associate Mark Bratherton – said to be the highest fee earner at the firm – have joined JST […]

New insurance unit

Browne Jacobson has launched a specialist unit believed to be the first law team to deal with the growing area of critical illness insurance. Changes in DSS benefits have led to this type of insurance becoming more popular.

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