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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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Offering the best legal services

How refreshing to see a firm looking for ways of offering new services to its clients. The news that Charles Russell is setting up an equal opportunity training company shows that some firms at least are thinking “outside the box”. If the company does as it promises and offers bespoke advice on everything from personnel […]

Orchard in alliance link with Paris firm

Ambitious City firm Orchard and Paris-based firm CMC Societe d’Avocats have struck up the first partnership of what is aiming to be a new global alliance. Partner Ardavan Amir-Aslani at CMC says: “We are the first two partners of this alliance, but our objective is to create the largest independent network of firms across the […]

…as Mallesons rekindles talks

First it was on, then it was off and now the merger of Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Clifford Chance is back on. In last week’s The Lawyer, Clifford Chance’s global head of finance Stephen Popham said the merger was off because “we cannot agree on the structure”. Now a senior source at the […]

In brief: Tarmac

Tarmac has appointed a new head of legal following the demerger of its two core businesses. Dirk FitzHugh, former group legal adviser for Tarmac, will become company secretary at breakaway construction business Carillion. James Stirk, formally company secretary, becomes deputy company secretary at Tarmac. Tarmac also announced a new panel after the demerger, on which […]

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