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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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Salans has hired a senior associate from Denton Wilde Sapte to spearhead its London international arbitration practice. George Burn joined Salans yesterday (8 May) as head of international arbitration in the City. He will be based in London but will work closely with Salans’ Paris international arbitration team, the firm’s largest. Sarah Francois-Poncet, a partner […]

How to get the most out of new partners

The partnership promotions season is upon us again and there is no doubt that winning a seat around the partnership table remains the Holy Grail for many lawyers. Even for the most talented individuals, making the transition from associate to partner is a huge, and often traumatic, leap into the unknown. Yes, the financial rewards […]

BLG hires Lovells associate as a corporate partner

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has recruited Lovells senior associate James Parker as a partner to begin rebuilding its corporate practice. During BLG’s latest round of internal promotions, none of the seven senior associates made up to partnership were in corporate, which was seen as a blow to the practice following a number of high-profile […]

Latham bags Germany’s biggest IPO

Latham & Watkins has scooped a lead role on Germany’s largest IPO so far this year, with its first piece of major corporate work for telecoms company Versatel. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom advised Apax as selling shareholder in the €829m (£565.8m) flotation, with Holme Roberts & Owen’s Munich office advising on some German-law […]

Bircham ditches PQE for merit-based system

Bircham Dyson Bell has discarded the traditional use of PQE as the key component in grading solicitors. The firm has replaced it with a new performance-based structure, the Career Development Framework (CDF). HR director Richard Walden said that the PQE system is “outdated and fails to recognise the quality of work delivered”. The CDF establishes […]

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