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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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Northern exposure

The North West’s legal lonely hearts club just gets bigger by the day. Liverpool insurance giant Weightmans, and Manchester’s personal injury specialist Donns Solicitors are just two of the firms who have been caught whispering sweet somethings into the ears of opponents, in the hope of striking a deep and financially meaningful relationship. Meanwhile, half-competent […]

Govt lawyers to work pro bono

The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) has called the decision to allow government lawyers to carry out pro bono work a “very important breakthrough”. Solicitor General Ross Cranston has told the House of Commons that both he and the Attorney General were keen to encourage government lawyers wanting to handle pro bono work. “Those in […]

Herbert Smith in £36.5bn Olivetti bid

Herbert Smith is advising Olivetti on the biggest European debt financing ever as the computer giant prepares its audacious bid to buy Telecom Italia. The firm is working with Italian firm Erede & Associates in advising Olivetti on raising funds for its £36.5bn takeover of the Italian telecommunications giant, which is five times its size. […]

In brief: Lawrence Graham

Lawrence Graham, the City-based practice, has appointed Eversheds partner William Sturge to its insurance and reinsurance practice. Sturge is an international specialist with a particular knowledge of the Middle East and South America.

Welsh lawyers give support for plan to break away from 'English' Law Society

SEVENTEEN regional Welsh law societies are ready to sever links with Chancery Lane and form an independent Law Society of Wales. Umbrella group the Associated Law Societies of Wales (Aslow) is consulting the 2,000 solicitors in the principality on whether they want to reform the present Law Society structure, or break with England altogether. Although […]

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