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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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The Law Commission has announced Mr Justice Munby as its next chair. Munby J ­succeeds Lord ­Justice ­Etherton, who has completed his three-year term of office. Munby J was called to the bar in 1972. He took silk in 1988 and was appointed a High Court judge in the Family ­Division in 2000. The role […]

Norton Rose Singapore buoyed by City, HK gains

Norton Rose has boosted its Singapore practice by relocating two partners to the country. Jill Gauntlett London corporate ­partner Jill Gauntlett has already moved to the office, while Hong Kong-based finance partner Yu-En Ong is to relocate shortly. Ong is both Hong Kong and ­Singapore-qualified. Norton Rose was one of six international firms handed licences in ­December to […]

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Chambers overtake law firms in pay battle for junior talent

Barristers’ chambers hike pupil pay by a third, but newly qualified solicitor salary cuts spread across the UK Darren Burrows A clear divergence has opened up between law firms and the bar as ­chambers up the stakes in the war to attract talent. While firms in the regions are beginning to follow the City’s lead […]

Banking recommendations will make life tougher at top

The dust may be beginning to settle ­following the shocks to the banking ­system over the past 18 months or so, but the appetite for analysis shows no sign of abating. The dust may be beginning to settle ­following the shocks to the banking ­system over the past 18 months or so, but the appetite […]

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Cobbetts coy over profit as figures fall

Cobbetts has declined to comment on its profit and mounting speculation that its margin has plummeted to unprecedented levels. Michael Shaw The firm reported a turnover figure of £59.4m for the 2007-08 financial year, while costs during the same period totalled £51m. During the most recent 2008-09 financial year the firm’s turnover was down by […]

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