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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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Scottish Law Society up in arms as Nationwide slashes conveyancing panel

Nationwide Building Society plans to slash by 200 the number of solicitors on its Scottish conveyancing panel have been slammed by the Law Society of Scotland. The representative body has demanded talks with the building society after it announced it would be reducing the panel from 700 to 500 following a UK-wide review. Concerns have […]

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3VB practice director takes charge at Riverview Chambers

Riverview Law has appointed 3 Verulam Buildings’ (3VB) practice director Jeremy Hopkins as director of operations. Hopkins will assume administrative control of Riverview Chambers. The set launched last month with 43 barristers and is aiming to provide direct access to companies on a fixed-fee basis (20 February 2012). Hopkins said the aim was to deploy […]

Singapore’s Temasek appoints its first general counsel

Temasek Holdings, an investment company owned by the government of Singapore, has appointed Lee Theng Kiat as president and general counsel, the first holder of the legal head role. Prior to joiningTemasek, Lee was the chief executive officer and president of Singapore Technologies Telemedia, having served as a general counsel in his early career. In […]

Ten firms win spots on panel serving 300 sporting bodies

Ten law firms have been picked for the inaugural legal panel serving 300 national governing bodies of sport. Last September, Sport England recognised that recreational bodies were finding it difficult to access legal services because of the cost. It joined UK Sport, Sport Wales and the Sport and Recreation Alliance to establish a joint panel […]

Vinson & Elkins and Machado Meyer advise on $5.16bn Sinopec deal

Vinson & Elkins and Brazilian law firm Machado, Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados have advised Sinopec on acquiring a 30 per cent stake in the Brazilian unit of Portuguese oil company Galp Energia for $5.16bn (£3.24bn). Vinson & Elkins fielded a multi-jurisdiction team that consisted of Shanghai-based partners Jay Kolb and David Blumental, UK partner […]

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