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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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Asia deals roundup: China online video M&A and ASEAN financing deals

Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have bagged the lead counsel roles in the merger of US-listed Chinese online video companies Youku and Tudou, while a number of other firms have reaped the benefit of a high level of financing deals in South East Asia. The 100 per cent stock-for-stock transaction […]

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Landmark barrister defeats appeal over Dale Farm evictions

Basildon Borough Council’s in-house lawyers have successfully defended the latest Dale Farm legal action in the Court of Appeal. The authority instructed Landmark Chambers barrister Galina Ward, who persuaded appeal judges Sir Andrew Morritt and Lord Justices Patten and Pitchford that her client had not acted unreasonably or unlawfully in the eviction row over the […]

SRA hits back at ‘incompetence’ claims

The SRA has sought to defend claims it is failing to move quickly enough to regulate alternative business structures (ABS), stating it will not compromise a duty of care to rush through applications. It comes as the legal watchdog confirmed it was on the verge of approving six applicant ABS’ – the only firms it […]

On your marks, get set, wait

UK law firms are hesitant about moving into the recently liberalised South Korean market The opening up of the legal sector in South Korea to UK and US firms follows the ratification of the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA), known as Keufta, which came into effect on 1 July 2011, and the Korea-US FTA (Korus), […]

AMEC names acting general counsel after incumbent’s departure

FTSE100 engineering, project management and consultancy company AMEC has installed strategic development director François-Philippe Champagne as acting general counsel following the incumbent’s departure less than a year into the role. Eleanor Evans stood down from the role late last year. Evans moved to AMEC last March from listed manufacturer Cobham, which she joined in 2008 […]

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