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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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Cobbetts partner made honorary German counsul

Cobbetts partner Mark Green has been appointed as the German honorary consul for Manchester. The role means that Green is the principal contact for German citizens in the Manchester region seeking consular assistance. He will also represent German business interests in the area. Green qualified as a ‘Rechtsanwalt’ in Germany in 1996, and is already […]

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The UK Government has introduced a new tax regime in response to a lack of clarity concerning real estate derivatives contracts. Ian Johnson and Paul Miller report The last 20 years has seen an explosion in the volume of equity and foreign exchange derivatives traded, but as yet the use of traded real estate derivatives […]

Heatons appoints new managing partner

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner. Fleetwood, who has been with Heatons throughout his entire legal career is taking over from David Beech. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (14 March) Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During Beech’s […]

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Stephen McNulty, head of commercial property, Burgess Salmon What was your first ever job? Assistant on a ‘Test Your Weight’ machine at Southport fair. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Mistaking the shredder for a photocopier and destroying a root settlement deed. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find […]

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