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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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Addleshaw Goddard hires Norton Rose chief

Addleshaw Goddard has bolstered its corporate department with the hire of Norton Rose senior associate Ivor Edwards, who joins as a partner. Edwards comes with an insurance and financial services background, an area an Addleshaws spokesman said the corporate department had targeted to bulk up. Edwards starts at the end of the month.

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James Blendis: T-Mobile

T-Mobile’s legal director and company secretary James Blendis has remodelled the company’s legal department to make it leaner and meaner. By Donna Sawyer Good things come in small packages at T-Mobile – just ask legal director and company secretary James Blendis. Settling down in The Lawyer’s interview room, the young lawyer shows off his new […]

A&O moves data centre outside capital

Allen & Overy (A&O) has spent £5.5m outsourcing its IT infrastructure to ensure the safety of its technology systems. The magic circle firm has signed a five-year contract with Savvis, which will house its data centre outside London while A&O remains responsible for its day-to-day running. Chief information officer Dave Burwell told The Lawyer: “The […]

Clarke Willmott loses conveyancing arm to rival

Clarke Willmott’s new homes bulk conveyancing team is moving to South West rival Foot Anstey following an agreement between the two firms. The new homes team has decided to part company with Clarke Willmott because of an increasing level of conflicts. The team advises the buyers of homes on new residential developments, but was often […]

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