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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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Why scoring a place at football’s top table is a goal worth shooting for

Football is becoming more soap opera than sport and each character in the cast has their own legal team backing them up. As money pours into the game from sponsorship and media deals, the stakes have increased along with the legal complexities. The story of manager Mark Hughes’s contract negotiations with his new club Manchester […]

US patent pre-eminence under threat as China posts 25 per cent increase

China is on course to overtake the US as the world’s largest patent-filing jurisdiction by 2012 if the growth in both countries continues at its current rate. A report by US research company Evalueserve has found that patent filing in China is increasing year-on-year by 25 per cent for domestic companies and 4.5 per cent […]

One Essex Court hikes revenue by 7 per cent for second year running

One Essex Court has recorded a 7 per cent growth in turnover, reflecting a steady year at the commercial bar – but some common law sets are feeling the pinch due to problems with legal aid fees. One Essex Court has recorded a 7 per cent growth in turnover, reflecting a steady year at the […]

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Mental Health, Employment and Discrimination

The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that 13.8 million working days are lost due to work related stress each year with an annual cost to employers of £13 billion. Many more working days are lost to other mental health illnesses. Statistics like these prompted the government to announce recently that it would spend £5 […]

William Hill unveils streamlined panel

Bookmaker William Hill has slimmed down its internal legal panel of advisers.An invitation to tender was sent to around 10 firms, with Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst ;and ;Pinsent Masons making the cut. William Hill company secretary and general counsel Thomas Murphy said: “The approach in the selection was a combination of cost-effectiveness and expertise. I want […]

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