Litigation Personal Injury 25/01/99

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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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Nabarros partner defects

Nabarro Nathanson has been hit by the departure of its top energy partner, Mark Saunders, to US firm Dewey Ballantine. Saunders, who headed Nabarros’ energy group, is joining the New York-based international law firm in the next few months. He says: “Deweys is expanding in England and has a policy to recruit and grow its […]

Foreign lawyers allowed to practise in NSW after test

The New South Wales Legal Practitioner’s Admission Board has approved changes which will allow foreign lawyers to practise in the state. All foreign applicants will still need to study Australian constitutional law and legal ethics, but their legal experience will exempt them from other exams. Under current rules, English solicitors seeking admission must sit up […]

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Sandwiches aren’t food,” Subjudice announced at the breakfast table this morning, which is a bit of a blow for her, because she’ll be lunching off a bag of crisps and an apple until Easter, and I will get black looks at the school gate for bringing an anorexic child with a bad complexion into the […]

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