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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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Watson Burton storms to another record year

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has enjoyed its second record year, with turnover up 29 per cent. The firm posted figures of £13.8m for the financial year to April 30, up from £10.7m in 2003. Revenue in 2003 was itself a rise of 27 per cent from 2002’s £8m. Profits per partner have yet to be […]

Arnold & Porter swings revolving door with new hire

Arnold & Porter has recruited a senior European Union (EU) competition official as the second partner in its Brussels office. Luc Gyselen’s appointment indicates that the “revolving door” policy where anti-trust officials in the US switch easily between public service and private practice, is being pioneered by US firms in Brussels. Last year Cleary Gottlieb […]

Morality bites

Human rights lawyer Phil Shiner is determined to bring the UK to book over the war in Iraq. Jon Robins reports How’s your father? If the tabloids are to be believed – and that’s a big ‘if’ – then his recent work representing the families of 13 dead Iraqi civilians makes this a more than […]

Counsel for Russian oligarch turns to EU

The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is lobbying the EU in his latest bid to win the release of his client. Robert Amsterdam, of two-partner firm Amsterdam & Peroff, embarked on the campaign ahead of this week’s visit to Moscow by Rapporteur Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, who has been appointed by the Council of […]

Partnership becomes TV star prize

Despite the fashion for partner culls, a handful of US law firms are currently battling for the chance to take on a recently qualified lawyer as a partner, recruited via the rather unusual medium of reality TV. The Partner, a new show to be launched by Fox and Rocket Science Laboratories (creators of Temptation Island […]

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