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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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Salans beats rivals to Paris IT boutique

International firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has beaten French and UK rivals in the race to sign up respected 13-lawyer Paris-based IT boutique, FG Associes. FG’s three partners – Christiane Feral-Schuhl, Marc d’Haultfoeuille and Bruno Gregoire Sainte Marie – will head a new IT, Internet and multimedia practice at Salans and add to the firm’s […]

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Lord Justice Phillips, the judge currently conducting the BSE inquiry, is to replace Lord Lloyd of Berwick in the House of Lords at the end of the year. Lord Lloyd’s long-expected retirement from the Lords was announced by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week and his departure will follow hard on the heels of the […]

Time to bury SIF

SIF director Elizabeth Mullins has pointed out the main costs benefit of mutuality: there is no need for SIF to make a profit (The Lawyer, 25 August). By the same reasoning, I should take my business away from the qualified surgeon and allow my wife to extract my appendix. Can we give a decent burial […]

In brief: Senior clerk to chair marketing seminar

The Lawyer is holding an evening seminar. “Marketing Your Chambers” takes place on 19 November at the Inner Temple, London. The seminar will be chaired by Paul Shrubsall, senior clerk at 1 Essex Court. Contact Steve Warshall on 0171 970 4713.

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