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EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

Avoid World Cup marketing own goals this summer

By Jo Pritchard The 2018 FIFA World Cup is to shortly kick off in Russia. Amidst the excitement, it is important to remember a few key dos and don’ts for any planned marketing campaigns. With a global audience of more than 3 billion, it will be tempting to capitalise on the football fever with World […]

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Competition Commission audit reforms — not as strict as first anticipated

The Competition Commission (CC) has been concerned about the lack of competition in the audit market for some time. It reports that this lack is due to factors that inhibit companies from switching auditors and the incentives auditors are having to focus on satisfying management rather than shareholder needs. The CC Final Report (published on 25 […]

Walker Morris appoints Gawain Moore as restructuring and insolvency group director

Walker Morris has appointed insolvency specialist Gawain Moore, who originally trained at Walker Morris, as a director in its restructuring and insolvency group. Moore rejoins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was based in the London office for six years, having established himself as a specialist in restructuring and insolvency. He has wide […]

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