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Online but divorced from reality

By Philippa Dolan No one denies that simplifying the divorce process to make it easier, faster, cheaper and more understandable is a laudable aim. Much has been made of the billion pounds that is apparently being invested in an overall reform programme to ‘modernise the courts and tribunal service’, part of which is being spent […]

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 […]

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A&O to take on limited liability status

Allen & Overy is set to become the first magic circle firm to convert to a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP). The Lawyer understands that, subject to a partnership vote, conversion could take place by the end of this financial year, although it is possible that not all of the firm will initially transfer to LLP […]

Freshfields appoints new co-senior partner

Freshfields has announced the election of its new co-senior partner, German managing partner Konstantin Mettenheimer (left). He replaces the current senior partner Christian Wilde and joins Anthony Salz, who has been re-elected to the post. The duo’s first task has been to appoint Hugh Crisp as chief executive, taking the reins from Alan Peck. The new appointments will […]

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And a big tick for Herbert Smith and Freshfields. According to sources close to the hilarious RBS pitch process (was there ever so much comedy in a simple tender exercise?), both City firms have made it on to the bank’s panel – and against the odds. The pair are keeping quiet, but they ought to be […]

You’ll never work alone

The Premier League’s director of legal and business Simon Johnson always needs to put in a good performance. Steve Hoare reports The legendary Sunderland and England striker Len Shackleton famously devoted a blank page of his autobiography to the amount the average football chairman knows about football. These are the men who make up the […]

Pro bono & community action: Linklaters assists Hackney’s small businesses with Legal Connections

A budding photographer and a family business about to employ its first staff are among the many clients at Hackney Legal Connections, the latest pro bono initiative from Linklaters. Set up in partnership with Hackney Community Law Centre, HBV Enterprise and Hackney Voluntary Action, Legal Connections provides free legal advice to small businesses and community […]

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