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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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Cotty Vivant brings in former Gide team for Japan launch

French independent Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral is launching a Japan office with the hire of former Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Laurent Dubois. Dubois and a team of six associates, who are all registered to practise in Japan and are trilingual, speaking French, English and Japanese, are joining Cotty Vivant to set up the new […]

Wiggin secures starring roles in upcoming UK film productions

Wiggin‘s film department has managed to carve out a new niche by acting as both lawyers and executive producers on two UK films set to be released this year. Film partners Charles Moore and Miles Ketley advised the creators of The History Boys, which has been adapted from a play by Alan Bennett, and Venus, […]

Cleary and Linklaters crowned kings of IPOs

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have secured top spots in the Bloomberg Q3 2006 league rankings for global IPO issuer and manager legal advisers respectively. Cleary Gottlieb has advised as issuers’ counsel on seven deals worth a total of $16.6bn, while Linklaters has advised as managers’ counsel on 25 deals worth $20bn, according […]

Associated News sues Law Soc over cover-up

Associated Newspapers is suing the Law Society over its refusal to disclose details of a secret hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). A reporter in the Manchester office of the Daily Mail had requested information about the hearing, but was denied. Nick Braithwaite, group legal adviser at Associated Newspapers, said: “They concluded they haven’t […]

Tax barristers emerge as bar’s biggest earners

The exclusive list of top earners at the bar was unveiled over the summer (The Lawyer, 21 August), and the big news this year was that tax barristers are doing phenomenally well. They work in a narrow and complicated field and need detailed, up-to-date legal knowledge. They also benefit from doing more advisory work than […]

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