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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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Simmons strengthens HK with former Herbies banking head

Simmons & Simmons has landed the former head of Herbert Smith’s Asia banking and finance practice for its Hong Kong office. Jonathan Moult joined Simmons at the start of February as a partner. He specialises in global loans, acquisition finance and property finance and capital markets. Moult spent seven years at Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong […]

Speechly Bircham steals Maxwell Batley man

Speechly Bircham has taken litigation partner Ian Timlin from dispute resolution specialist firm Maxwell Batley. Timlin joined the firm last week after 10 years as a partner at Maxwell Batley. He specialises in professional negligence claims and allegations of regulatory breaches. Speechly Bircham managing partner Michael Lingens said: “The firm is committed to achieving significant […]

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Law students are a crazy lot. Not content with picking an intensive sort of course and career, a whole bunch of Oxbridge lawyers are preparing to smear themselves in Vaseline and brave the rough, crowded waters of the English Channel this summer. Every two years the Oxford and Cambridge swimming clubs race the Channel in […]

Enron chiefs’ fraud case to kick off

The criminal trial of former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay and chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling will start today (31 January) in Houston, Texas, after the jury selection process was completed in just one day. Skilling, 52, faces 31 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and deceiving auditors for allegedly lying about Enron’s financial strength. Lay, […]

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