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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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Back on track

It was good to see the Law Society firing on all cylinders in its report ‘Design for the future’ in the legal aid debate. The issue of barristers’ fees attracted media attention to the area. But the society’s raft of “principled but pragmatic” proposals are worthy of greater consideration than they are ever going to […]

From despair to where?

As UK universities churn out law graduates at a far greater rate than the profession can handle, many would-be lawyers ask whether the needs of students and trainees are adequately represented by the Law Society. Each year approximately 7,000 people graduate from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) while students face the dismal prospect of competing […]

Ruling sparks care scare

COUNCIL lawyers throughout the country have begun examining a key High Court ruling amid fears that they face a legal challenge over the hiving off of residential care homes. They are worried that the judgement, which halts Wandsworth Council’s privatisation programme, may be turned against them. Wandsworth, the south London Tory flagship borough, wants to […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Philpott

Gary Philpott has recently become a partner in the Property Services Department of Bristol-based firm Veale Wasbrough. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and an Associate of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. What was your first job? Electrical Goods Salesman (Saturdays only) What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

Law Soc pre-empts 'useless' claims with communications shake-up

A LAW Society shake-up to improve links with the profession coincides with a Welsh assault on its communications department. The department has been described as a “useless administrative wart” by one disgruntled public relations officer. The Associated Law Societies of Wales has passed resolutions calling for the “curtailment” of centralised public relations activities and the […]

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