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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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Managing to be competitive

In the years since 1987 there has been a marked change of attitude in the legal profession towards management – at least firms now acknowledge that they have a need for it. Having said that, the independent mindedness of lawyers still presents an impediment to the adoption of more rational management structures. If management was […]

The legal aid agenda

The year opened with the news of yet another merger – that of Withers and Crossman Block. Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Bill came under attack from all sides. A survey of legal aid firms found that 40 per cent had either given up or were seriously considering giving up criminal legal aid work because the […]

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Hong Kong Law Society to preserve rule of law

THE NEW president of the Law Society of Hong Kong has pledged to ensure the rule of law in the colony is preserved following its imminent hand over to China on 1 July. Anthony Chow, who was elected to head the society last month, has admitted he will be leading the profession into “unchartered waters” […]

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