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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 […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

Promotion of indigenous R&D in pharmaceutical industry by the Delhi High Court

By Ajay Bhargava, Arvind Kumar Ray, Karan Gupta In the recent case of Modi-Mundipharma Private Limited v Union of India & Ors., (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 11802 of 2016), the High Court of Delhi (Court) has clarified that incremental innovation or novel drug delivery systems like lipid / liposomal formulations, sustained release, controlled release, etc. should […]

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Insolvency boost for Pannones

Manchester-based Pannone & Partners is boosting its insolvency department with two new partners. Although Pannone’s managing partner, Joy Kingsley, admits: “I could lie and say we went out looking for insolvency partners but we didn’t. However, we are very pleased with both of them.” Alex Megaw is joining from the Manchester office of Davies Wallis […]

Crime practices in eleventh-hour franchise race

TWO OF the highest-profile firms dealing in white collar crime are racing to put in applications for legal aid franchises. Without the franchises, law firms will not be allowed to bid for legal aid work under exclusive contracting to be introduced in 2000. The London offices of Burton Copeland and Kingsley Napley have yet to […]

Block contracts block justice

Lord Andrew Phillips tucks into his breakfast at the Waldorf Hotel. “It’s not access to justice, it’s exit from justice,” he says. It is 8am on a Tuesday morning and Lord Phillips has a busy day ahead of him. He is a practising solicitor who has to be at the Inland Revenue by 9am. In […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jackie Hawken

Jackie Hawken was born in Bristol in 1952. She is a senior solicitor and practice manager at Bristol City Council. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Quite a few. But it hasn’t stopped me. What was your first job? Petrol pump attendant. What was your first salary as a lawyer? u12,000. What would you […]

Diageo's in-house lawyer quits

The top in-house lawyer at drink and leisure conglomerate Diageo has quit, The Lawyer can reveal. Dr Ken Mildwaters has resigned as general counsel and group legal director, and will leave the company at the end of June. Diageo was formed in 1997 following the merger of leisure giants Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. Mildwaters, who […]

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