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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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Legal & General to review panel

Lawyers are facing yet another series of cuts as Legal & General (L&G) becomes the latest insurance company to review its legal panel. L&G is undergoing a company-wide overhaul of its legal advisers, requiring each of its firms to provide in-depth information on their working practices and how L&G is charged. One source says: “Like […]

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Norton Rose advised Forsakringsbolaget SPP omsesidigt (SPP) and its investment manager Celexa REIM on the £25.5m purchase of White Lion Retail Park. David Sinclair, property partner at Norton Rose, led a team of five on the deal. Osborne Clarke, acted for the seller Wilson Bowden Developments.

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Field Fisher Waterhouse acted for the Deutsche UK Retail Property Fund on its acquisition of Greenwich Industrial Estate from Phillips Pension Fund. Paul Houston, property partner at Field Fisher, headed a three-strong team on the deal, including head of institutional property John Pedder. Bird & Bird advised Phillips Pension Fund.

Clifford Chance lose Russian tax head

Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte’s tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty. Fort, who helped establish Clifford Chance’s Russian practice in November 1997, says his new post is within a much more established practice and will cover a much wider geographical area. He says his new job will be […]

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