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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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LCD to raid courts for criminal budget

THE LORD Chancellor has warned he may poach the budgets of departments such as the court service to mop up any overspend in criminal legal aid. As the Access to Justice Bill progressed through its third reading in the House of Lords, Lord Irvine sought to calm the storm caused by his warning that the […]

Law Lords back public gatherings

The rights of those involved in public demonstrations have been clarified in a House of Lords ruling in which the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, laid down important guidelines. It is only his second judgment in the Lords since taking office. The case of the Director of Public Prosecutions v Jones & anor is of major […]

Linklaters takes credit for Bluewater complex

Linklaters has led a host of top City firms advising on the new Bluewater out-of-town shopping centre in Kent. Billed as Europe’s largest shopping complex development, Bluewater has cost more than u350m to build. Cutting-edge property finance advice over the past year has cost a “considerable amount” in legal fees, say sources. Linklaters is advising […]

Indemnity issue is about choice

Elizabeth Mullins entirely misses the point in her letter (The Lawyer 15 March) in which she demands an explanation of a “vested interest”. In common law it is generally unnecessary to establish the presence of actual bias – it is enough to establish that a reasonable person, acquainted with the circumstances, would have reasonable grounds […]

Freshfields acts for Pru in u1.9bn bid for M&G

Freshfields has again reinforced its new-found dominance in top-end mergers and acquisitions by acting for Prudential in its u1.9bn bid for independent City fund manager M&G. This is the Pru’s second assault on fund managers: two years ago Lovell White Durrant advised in its swoop on Scottish Amicable – which was at that time advised […]

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