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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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Lawyers can help council PR, claims information unit expert

Chris Fogarty reports Councils are needlessly censoring their activities and could publicise their services much more by seeking the advice of their legal departments, according to Local Government Information Unit director Dennis Reed. “Too often the fear of falling foul of the law has stopped councils producing legal publicity,” said Reed. His comments come after […]

SPG denies links with US

There are no proposals for a joint venture between Solicitors Property Group and First American Title, as suggested in The Lawyer (22 April). However, Solicitors Property Group is always ready to discuss proposals which may be in the interest of its members. Later in the report, you quote First American director Brian Marson as suggesting […]

Rumour mill turns up Garretts and Simmons talks

SPECULATION is rife that merger talks may be taking place between Garretts and Simmons & Simmons despite denials from senior management at both firms. If a merger goes ahead, it would give Garretts’ parent, accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, a massive boost in the race among the Big Six to enter top-tier legal services. But Bill […]

Negative image of sole practitioners challenged

Solicitors working on their own are unfairly labelled as dishonest and incompetent by both the public and the legal profession, said newly appointed Sole Practitioners Group chairman Tim Readman. A sole practitioner for 16 years, Readman claimed the publishing in the legal and national press of a few high-profile cases of sole practitioners behaving badly […]

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