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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Amendments to the Serbian Competition Law

Today, amendments to the Serbian Competition Law entered into force. The key changes are related to the proceedings and statute of limitations provisions. Additionally, changes have been made to the definition of a dominant position in order to harmonise Serbian legislation with european practice… Click on the link below to read the rest of the […]

Dentons loses former Middle East dispute resolution head to Simmons

Dentons has lost its former Middle East head of dispute resolution and construction to Simmons & Simmons, just two months after losing its former Middle East arbitration head to SJ Berwin. Partner David Risbridger has been appointed to Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution and construction team in the Middle East will join the firm on 17 […]

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Matrix hits Doughty Street for three media juniors

Gray’s Inn set Matrix has boosted its media practice with the arrival of three juniors from rival set Doughty Street Chambers. Juniors Anthony Hudson, Guy Vassell-Adams and Ben Silverstone will join former Doughty Street silk Richard Hermer QC at Matrix on Monday (11 November). All three have made a name for themselves in the media […]

Does ‘all monies’ mean all monies?

By Rebecca Mauleverer Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal, in National Merchant Buying Society Ltd v Bellamy and Another, held that an all-monies, continuing guarantee, given when there was an existing specific obligation, was not discharged by a subsequent variation. A guarantor’s liability under a guarantee is a secondary obligation and is contingent on […]

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