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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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BT reshuffles legal team and appoints new company secretary

BT has appointed BT retail general counsel Andrew Parker as company secretary, after moving former secretary Larry Stone into a new public affairs role. Parker will assume the role of company secretary from 1 April. He takes over from Larry Stone, who will oversee BT’s global lobbying efforts in a newly created public affairs position. […]

UK should eschew US class action model, says CJC

Procedures governing group actions by UK consumers need to be reformed but should not resemble US class actions, research commissioned by the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has found. Master of the rolls Sir Anthony Clarke said the research made an important contribution to the debate on what have been loosely termed class actions in the […]

Freshfields pledges international commitment in CSR report

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer published its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report last Wednesday (30 January). The report does paint an interesting but confusing puzzle that looks set to occupy the profession as a whole for the coming years. Introducing the report, Freshfields’ joint senior partners Konstantin Mettenheimer and Guy Morton wrote: “We aim to be […]

An uncertain future

Personal injury lawyers now have another deadline. The Ministry of Justice has at last made a statement on the proposed claims process reforms for personal injury claims, following the consultation which closed in July last year. However, the statement from Bridget Prentice, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, says only that they will aim to publish […]

Borough to become first ‘private practice’ council

A London borough is remodelling its legal services department to mirror that of a private sector law firm. Barking and Dagenham council’s radical shake-up will be a UK first for the sector, and involves recruiting three senior lawyers. The three partners will provide strategic direction for all legal and governance aspects of Barking’s corporate law […]

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