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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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In brief: Crown Court may be able to fine tardy lawyers

Lawyers who cause unnecessary delay to crown court trials could be fined under proposals being considered by the Government to speed up justice. The plans also include a possible £50m IT programme to put computer terminals into every crown court including on the judge’s bench and in front of the jury.

Better the devil you know

As the battle over the future of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund continues, Shaun Pye investigates whether the insurance industry is really willing to replace it. A left-wing wit once observed that the reason Margaret Thatcher won so many elections was because “at least you always knew where you were with her”. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s […]

Engineer to plot Bar course

Kamlesh Bahl is stepping down as chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to concentrate more fully on her new role as deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Bahl, who will leave the EOC on 30 November, polled over 12,000 votes – the most of all the six candidates for office – beating David Keating […]

SIF: the system on trial

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) with a £450m shortfall, stands accused of failign in its duty to the legal profession. The Law Society’s Appleby Committee Report recommended reforming SIF by splitting it up into a number of different funds. Earlier this year, the November Group commissioned brokers Nelson Hurst & Marsh and Robert Fleming Professional […]

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