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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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Juniors of the employment Bar earn high praise from those who instruct them. Again it is 11 King’s Bench Walk that sweeps the board. SeAn Jones is “very highly thought of”, particularly on discrimination matters. On the “flamboyant” side is Jonathan Swift who, with his “bizarre shirts”, is a bit of a showman but is […]

New DPP can breathe life into moribund CPS

The new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), David Calvert-Smith QC, has a mountain to climb. Not only has he inherited an institution whose employee morale is at an all time low, but he will also have to lead it into a period of major change. Calvert-Smith’s appointment will be a popular one at the Bar. […]

In brief: Association fights for future of small firms

A new association designed to ensure a future for small law firms was officially launched earlier this month. More than 100 sole practitioners and solicitors at small firms met for the Solicitors’ Chambers Association meeting – “Forum for the Future” – where the group was formed. Association chair, Neil Davidson, said: “I will, with your […]

Flotation

Andrew Sharples of Rowe & Maw advised software manufacturer Autonomy Corporation on its IPO and admission to trading on EASDAQ. The IPO raised $59m for Autonomy.

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Stephen Edlmann of Linklaters advised Royal & Sun Alliance on a £1.6bn syndicated loan. The Chase Manhattan Bank, advised by Clifford Chance, arranged the loan.

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