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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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CLSA urges appeals avalanche to reverse LAB phone 'policy'

THE Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is protesting against an alleged Legal Aid Board drive to reclassify duty solicitor phone calls to police stations at a lower rate, by urging its members to overwhelm the board with appeals. Last week The Lawyer revealed accusations by Eastbourne solicitor Rodney Warren that the Brighton LAB was introducing […]

New head for Dorset

Dorset County Council has appointed Olwen Pritchard-Jones to head its 21-strong legal department. A former solicitor at Tyne and Wear, Monmouth and Dyfed County Councils, Pritchard-Jones will become head of legal services following the sudden death of Michael Davies in February. Olwen-Jones last job was with the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority but she says she […]

Lippell digs the great outdoors during gardening leave

Leeds corporate star Sean Lippell started work at Garretts last week after only seven months of a contractual 12-months’ ‘gardening leave’ – part of which he spent mountain walking in Africa and the Himalayas. The high-profile Pinsent Curtis defector – Lippell was national head of corporate – was suspended from Pinsents on 14 October after […]

Online listings service for crown courts is launched

HAMILTON Rogers has added to its Royal Courts of Justice listings service by launching a new service, called Courtline, for all Crown courts. The company has worked with the Court Service to use a Government-approved encryption system, because Government policy prohibits the use of the Internet to transmit confidential documents unless encrypted or encoded. Under […]

Siobhan Redhead on a new procedure for ancillary relief.

Siobhan Redhead is a partner at Miles Preston & Co. Since 1 October 1996 in certain courts, of which the Principal Registry is one, all applications for ancillary relief (financial provision in matrimonial proceedings) have had to be made under a new procedure dramatically different from that which has been applied, with few modifications, for […]

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