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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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It’s no accident that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court are separate entities – and that’s how they should stay, argues Geoffrey Zelin. It is beyond doubt that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court each offer judges of the highest quality. Moreover, there is a considerable overlap in their work. Many contractual disputes […]

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Blake Lapthorn drops ‘Tarlo Lyons’ name

Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons has dropped the ‘Tarlo Lyons’ from its title two years after merging with the London-based firm. Blake Lapthorn Linnell combined with Tarlo Lyons in December 2006 to create one of the largest firms in the South East. Managing partner Walter Cha said: “Historically on the south coast we’ve been known as […]

Partners agree to Orrick-Hölters & Elsing merger

US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and German firm Hölters & Elsing have sealed their merger after holding partnership votes last week. Orrick sealed the tie-up following nine months of negotiations. The US firm guaranteed that Hölters would be allowed to maintain its existing overseas friendship relationships, billing rates and clients. Hölters currently works with […]

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