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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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Putting a price on "residual stigma'

Roger Pearson looks at an Appeal Court ruling on residual stigma which could affect the outcome of future environmental waste cases. AN Appeal Court decision is being viewed as a signpost ruling for the future assessment of damages in land pollution claims. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was sued following leaks of radioactive uranium and […]

Rocher wooed by Clifford Chance

Wilde Sapte’s leading litigator Philip Rocher is believed to be in talks to join Clifford Chance. Neither Clifford Chance nor Wilde Sapte would comment, but it is known that Rocher began looking for a new position when Wilde Sapte formalised talks with Arthur Andersen. His main client is Deloitte & Touche, which has told him […]

Scott shows barristers the yellow card

THE VICE-Chancellor, Sir Richard Scott, has opened a black book which will list chambers and individual barristers who are late submitting skeleton arguments to the High Court. Under the scheme, which started at the beginning of the month, persistent offenders will be reported to the Bar Council and, in the very worst cases, could face […]

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