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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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Patrick Stewart says that the shift towards a more business-oriented legal market has increased the competitive pressure on Australian firms. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. At the start of the year, Arthur Andersen threw down a challenge to Australia’s legal establishment when it announced plans to expand its ranks of lawyers from 90 to […]

In brief: Linnells picks up Dallas Best partners

The remaining two partners at the office of dissolved Oxford practice Dallas Brett commercial litigator Andrew Shaw and aviation specialist Glenvil Smith have been picked up by Oxford firm Linnells, along with Dallas Brett assistant Danielle Battigelli. The seven-partner firm dissolved in November after three intellectual property partners left for Rouse & Co in London.

Financing

Project finance partner Stephen McGairl of Freshfields advised lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the $348m financing of the first phase of the development of the hydrocarbon reserves around Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation. The project company, The Sakhalin Energy Investment Company, was advised by partners Peter O’Driscoll and John […]

World Software drives Worldox in UK

US company World Software, producer of document management system Worldox, has begun a drive to promote the product in the UK. Systematic Corporate Solutions (SCS), a new subsidiary of The Systematic Group, has been appointed to distribute Worldox in the UK. SCS boasts Paisner & Co and Boodle Hatfield as clients and claims ten other […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 7/4/98

Assignment of non-assignable chose in action Don King Productions v (1) Frank John Warren (2) Christopher Nigel Roberts (3) Centurion Promotions (formerly Sports Network) (4) Sports Network USA (5) Time Warner Entertainment Co LP (1998) ChD (Lightman J) 27/3/98 Summary: Whether agreement to assign contracts was effective in law or equity where such contracts involved […]

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