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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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Raft of entities seek ABS conversion as SRA receives 120 applications

Over 120 organisations have now applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for a licence to practise as an alternative business structure (ABS). The SRA confirmed this morning that it had received 121 ‘stage 1’ applications from potential ABSs. In mid-January the SRA said it had had 65 applications (19 January 2012), meaning interest remains […]

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Bideford Council to appeal High Court prayer ruling

Bideford Town Council is to appeal a High Court ruling that found that it is unlawful for prayers to be held before council meetings under the Local Government Act (1972). Last week Mr Justice Ouseley ruled that the authority had over-reached its powers because it had insisted that prayers were part of the formal meeting. […]

Freshfields and Herbert Smith advise on £1bn Land Securities joint venture

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith have helped Land Securities and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) establish a joint venture for a £1bn property project in London Victoria. Land Securities and CPPIB’s 50:50 joint venture, called the Victoria Circle Limited Partnership, will own and redevelop a 5.5 acre site near Victoria Station, with the […]

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Nicely does it as Bakers picks up top employer award

’Culture of respect’ results in lower attrition; Freshfields’ film festival aids global understanding  Baker & McKenzie was a clear winner in the Employer of the Year category at this year’s The Lawyer Workplace & Diversity Awards – largely because it’s not afraid of the word ’nice’. As a result, 97 per cent of its […]

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