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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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Medical costs: should the victim pay?

The Government is proposing to make insurers liable for the medical costs of road accident victims, but victims could find it is their settlement figure that is hit, says Peter Livingstone. Peter Livingstone is a partner at Clarke Willmott & Clarke. New measures proposed by the Government to recover the cost of medical care for […]

Al Fayed gets bronzed off by forgeries

The antiques dealer that Al Fayed wants to sue over fake candelabra is seeking to have the claim struck out, reports Roger Pearson Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed is waiting to hear whether he can continue with a High Court claim over four pairs of gilded bronze candelabra that he bought but which turned out […]

Second Essex Court review

One Essex Court has produced the second edition of its in-house Law Review. The 57-page publication is aimed at commercial solicitors and includes 11 articles written by members of chambers. Chambers clerk Paul Shrubsall said its aim was to facilitate communication with the chambers’ clients. The review is also running a competition based on a […]

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Linklaters & Paines advised Development Securities on its £7.25m sale of four properties to TR Property Investment Trust, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp.

A damp squib of an election

Even dirty tricks and defections could not set the elections on fire, says Chris Fogarty It was apathy wot won it. Only 30.3 per cent of the 83,000 solicitors in England and Wales voted in the Law Society elections. The rest could not be bothered to tick three boxes and lick an envelope which, if […]

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