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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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MANCHESTER-based barrister Rodney Klevan QC has been instructed by alleged serial killer Fred West. Klevan, who defended former Liverpool Council deputy leader Derek Hatton, is a recorder of the Crown Court and leader of the Northern Circuit. He has been head of chambers at Manchester’s 18 St John Street since 1990. A bencher of Gray’s […]

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The recently-published ‘Havers’ Companion to the Bar’ claims 74 barristers specialise in computer law. This compares with 266 who specialise in intellectual property law. Because cases are seldom clear cut, many of the IP barristers do computer law cases. But solicitors claim it is hard to find barristers who have a clear understanding of the […]

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Shake-up planned for industrial tribunals

PLANS to streamline and speed up the UK’s industrial tribunal system are likely to receive a cautious welcome by employment lawyers. In a Green Paper unveiled last week, the Government is proposing to clamp down on “hopeless cases”, increase the role of legally-trained chairmen, and ensure that as many disputes as possible are settled voluntarily. […]

Safety fears grow for Guatemalan judges

CONCERN is growing over the safety of three judges in Guatemala City who have been subjected to threats and other intimidation. Judge Maria Villasenor, Judge Hector Orellana and Judge Mario Jiminez, all of the third chamber of the Court of Appeal in the Guatemala City, have all recently reviewed appeals in controversial human rights cases, […]

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