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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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Milbank and Slaughters lead bid for ITV

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Slaughter and May have secured the lead roles advising the consortium attempting to take control of ITV with a groundbreaking deal that marks the first of its kind in the UK. Milbank and Slaughters are advising the consortium consisting of Apax Partners, Blackstone and Goldman Sachs, which have been […]

Partners go Pole prancing

Tulkinghorn is tempted to say hats off to the three Clifford Chance partners who are to embark on a gruelling, unsupported 10-day trek across the Polar ice cap, but they’ll probably need them. The trio – Michael Bates, Alan Inglis and new London finance head Mark Stewart – plan to trek from the 89th parallel […]

Govt lambasts OFT over costs hike and poor rate of attrition

A panel of Government MPs has slammed the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to hold on to its best lawyers and for being inefficient with public money. The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts grilled OFT chief executive John Fingleton during a recent public questioning session. Committee chairman Edward Leigh stormed: “Your […]

Joint adventure

O’Donnell Sweeney’s tie-up with Eversheds International has opened up a wealth of opportunities. Francis Hackett reports The O’Donnell Sweeney (ODS) linkup with Eversheds International (EI) announced late last year was a significant development in the Irish legal market. The development is a good fit. ODS is a major player in the Irish market with a […]

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