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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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French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats. Taverne will head Cotty Vivant’s five-lawyer office in Singapore, becoming the firm’s tenth partner. He was head of the Singapore branch of DS Avocats from 2003 and before that was an associate at Gide […]

Foley’s Shanghai office goes live

Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner has been given the green light to set up a representative office in Shanghai following an application made in February (www.thelawyer.com 5 February). The practice will be led by partner and chair of the firm’s Asian practice Catherine Sun and will focus on IP, asset management and litigation. “China’s growing presence […]

Sullivan & Cromwell

UK 200 Position: 6 UK 200 Position: 6 UK/global turnover: £57m/£500m Global PEP: £1.52m UK/global RPL: £870,000/£741,000 2006 was the year that Sullivan & Cromwell made its first direct attack on the London equity capital markets with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Vanessa Blackmore and a number of English-trained corporate associates. […]

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Chinese takeaway

Several imported Chinese goods have been recalled in the US. Hillel Parness and Derek Craig say vendors must know how to protect themselves The ‘Made in China’ label has taken a beating recently, as numerous products exported to the US, including fish, children’s toys, Boy Scout badges, truck tyres, food seasonings, pet food and toothpaste […]

Chadbourne star quits to join client GLG Partners

Hedge fund GLG Partners has snared a Chadbourne & Parke partner to ramp up its in-house legal team in London and New York. Hedge fund GLG Partners has snared a Chadbourne & Parke partner to ramp up its in-house legal team in London and New York. Alejandro San Miguel, who is GLG’s Chadbourne relationship partner […]

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