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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 […]

US raises bar for International Development Finance with proposed Build Act

By Paul M. Murphy, Mark McAuley Overview: The United States seems to be raising the bar for International Development Finance with the proposed BUILD Act. Through the proposed creation of a new U.S. Government institution, the International Development Finance Corporation, the US looks to create a new paradigm for the developing world – in direct response to […]

How can protectionism affect technology?

The technology we increasingly rely on every day such as phones, tablets and personal computers are made up of different components. These components and other parts are made using raw materials that can be found in countries all over the world. Materials including aluminium, lithium and cobalt have been listed by the World Bank as […]

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By Siobhan Mullens The August 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Technology and Sourcing News is available now. This regular e-newsletter rounds up breaking news and key developments in technology and sourcing globally. Contents Is gambling law about to liberalise in the Czech Republic? Mobile tracking bins banned by City of London Corporation Data Centre Risk Index: […]

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Tax incentives and the holding off of new exploration regulations mean fracking will soon get off the ground The British Geological Survey estimates that 1,300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is stored within the shale rock beneath northern England. The potential significance for the UK’s energy market is vast – it could reduce the […]

Three 2013 UK Bar Award nominations for Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers has received three nominations in the 2013 UK Bar Awards. The law firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams are jointly shortlisted for Set of the Year. In addition, Outer Temple’s professional discipline team is shortlisted for Set of the Year and David Morris is nominated in the Professional Discipline Junior of […]

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