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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Dynamic Contracts: Changing employment practices in the digital era

November 2018 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by IR Global.

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Digital platforms designed to deliver professional services are changing the European employment landscape as both employers  and workers look for more flexible ways to work.

The pioneers of the digital platform and gig-economy phenomenon are service providers such as  Uber and Deliveroo, but the model has now spread to many other industries.

As a result, digital platforms have raised many legal questions and are subject to ongoing debates  in various countries. One of the main questions pertains to the legal qualification of the  digital platform worker; i.e. are they truly independent workers to be classed as  entrepreneurs who lack the protection of labour law, or are they employees who do enjoy full  labour law protection?

Another possibility is a hybrid classification (known as a worker in the UK) which offers  entitled to a select set of labour law protection.

Absent specific legislation on digital plat- form work, governments in developed economies are  struggling with the legal, social and economic impact of platform work. There have been an  increasing number of litigation suits in the USA, UK and continental Europe including, most  recently, the Netherlands.

New Late Payments Directive

Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.

Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

March 2012 - Employment. Legal Developments by Kennedy Van der Laan.

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On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?

New Corporate Law Legislation

In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.

Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

March 2012 - Transport. Legal Developments by AKD.

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Attaching maritime assets in insolvency

In most jurisdictions, under the universal approach to cross-border insolvencies a mortgagee cannot enforce a mortgage without the consent of the administrator. However, the Netherlands is an exception in this regard, and allows a mortgagee to enforce mortgages even if the debtor is insolvent.

The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

March 2012 - Employment. Legal Developments by AKD.

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The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.

Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

March 2012 - Employment. Legal Developments by AKD.

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A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.


March 2012 - Finance. Legal Developments by AKD.

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Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.

Forming a company in the Netherlands

November 2011 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.

Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

November 2011 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Russell Advocaten .

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Dutch Law distinguishes two categories of commercial premises. Depending on the type of premises or the purpose for which it is used, they are referred to as:

1.  so-called “290-premises”. This category includes shops, restaurants, hotels and other premises that all have in common that they are open to the public;

2.  so-called “230a-premises”. This is a separate category for premises that do not qualify as 290-premises or as (private) residential premises. Offices, for example, are 230a-premises.


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