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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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Hitting the spot

After a shaky start at the beginning of the year, the auctions market is now much steadier, both in terms of levels of activity and levels of prices. The inertia created by the short-term view of early 1994 is unwinding and expectations are at last coming in-line with reality. Since the mid-1980s, selling property by […]

Devolution would boost Scots' share of legal work

SCOTTISH law students believe devolution would generate more legal work for law firms north of the border. The patriotic instincts of the part-time students attending Strathclyde University’s LLB course are revealed in a survey conducted by the college. Just under 60 per cent of the respondents said a Scottish parliament or assembly would benefit solicitors […]

In brief: Quality standards boost LawNet profits

National law firm group LawNet says the six months since the introduction of its own quality standard has shown a “substantial improvement in profitability over the same period in the preceding years”. It says the period for December 1994 through to May this year showed a gross income increase of 4.74 per cent on the […]

Stephens sounds off

“PRESS freedom doesn’t mean you can publish absolutely anything. Everyone knows there are things better left unsaid.” These are the words of self-styled legal “gun for hire” Mark Stephens in an interview with The Journalist, the paper of his client the National Union of Journalists. And the senior partner of Stephens Innocent goes on to […]

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