Council in first corporate killing prosecution

Barrow Borough Council in Cumbria is to be prosecuted for the manslaughter of seven people who died from legionnaire’s disease, it was announced last week, in the first corporate manslaughter case of its kind.

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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 […]

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