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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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CC rejigs partnership in drive to lead ‘elite group’

Clifford Chance global managing partner David Childs underlined his plan to make the firm the world’s best ;when ;announcing ;a ­wholesale restructuring of the firm’s partnership. Clifford Chance partners will next month vote on whether plans to slash ­partner numbers should be given the go-ahead (The Lawyer.com, 4 February). The news comes after Linklaters announced […]

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City elite refuse to rule out pay band freeze

City firms have not ruled out a pay freeze come May, following decisions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case to lock down their associate pay bands. Herbert Smith, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Ashurst and Lovells have all said they are yet to make a decision on salaries, but none of the firms […]

A&O, Clifford Chance on Abu Dhabi banks deal

Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and White & Case have advised on the Abu Dhabi Government’s 16bn AED (£2.98bn) bail-out of five local banks. Clifford Chance advised the Abu Dhabi Government on its tier 1 capital injection into the emirate’s banks. Capital markets partner Simon Sinclair in London and Abu Dhabi capital markets partner […]

Rays of sunshine?

Lovells’ announcement today that it is to chop up to 94 jobs in London is particularly bad news for non-fee-earning staff. Only 18 lawyers out of the 94 are at risk, and they are likely to come from the corporate and real estate departments (see story). Unusually, and unlike a number of other firms undergoing […]

Wolferstans

For many athletes, 2012 will be the culmination of years of hard work. But for Paul Woods, Senior partner of Wolferstans, the years of dedicated ­preparation will be more about competing in the race to ­harness the Legal Services Act 2007. According to Owen, Wolferstans is representative of one of the number of provincial firms […]

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