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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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Ashurst, Linklaters and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are battling it out to advise newly merged Russian aluminium giants Rusal and Sual on the merged entity’s proposed London listing. The battle follows the three firms’ plum roles on the $30bn (£16.15bn) tripartite merger of Rusal, domestic rival Sual and Swiss commodities trader Glencore’s alumina business, announced […]

Latham steps in to help Alliance Boots on distribution contract

The London office of Latham & Watkins has completed its first outsourcing deal for Alliance Boots, advising the health group on its unique distribution agreement with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Latham has been working with Boots for eight months, but this mandate is the first for the Alliance UniChem side of the business. Boots merged with […]

Clough justice

Tulkinghorn had occasion the other day to be chatting to the delightful Geldards East Midlands’ senior partner David Williams, who counts among his clients the now-oxymoronic Derby County Football Club. It was not always thus. The Rams were once high-flying, championship-winning greats. The reason? One Brian Clough. Jump forward a few years and Williams found […]

Herbies raids Norton Rose for Dubai launch

Norton Rose’s Middle Eastern operations have been hit by the imminent departure of Dubai finance partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir to launch Herbert Smith’s new Dubai offering. The defections halve Norton Rose’s Dubai partnership, leaving behind Graeme Muir and recent recruit Tahir Ahmed. Herbert Smith has been examining the possibilities of opening a Dubai […]

Northern light

Northern Ireland has come of age. As it prospers beyond recognition, Patrick Fleming looks at how public sector infrastructure is benefiting As recently as the mid-1990s, the pace of economic growth in Northern Ireland was negligible. Decades of civil unrest and failed peace talks discouraged the private sector from investing, while the public sector spent […]

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