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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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Boma Ozobia was elected as chairwoman of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) at its AGM on 17 March 2005. Ozobia has been a member of the national executive committee for three years and is the principal partner in the Sterling Partnership. Ozobia practices in Nigeria as a solicitor-advocate. “We celebrate our diversity within the […]

Ashurst sees rare Apax success fees after HIT Entertainment bid

Ashurst has won its first UK deal for Apax Partners following its appointment as lead legal adviser, acting for the private equity house on its recommended offer for HIT Entertainment, the company behind Bob the Builder. Although Ashurst has won the lion’s share of Apax’s legal work since its appointment last June, the vast majority […]

Shearman boosts UK-qualifieds’ pay packets

Shearman & Sterling will splash out an estimated £500,000 this year on generous pay hikes for its UK-qualified lawyers in a bid to make itself more attractive to potential recruits. The new packages, unveiled in London last week, will benefit all of Shearman’s 80 UK-qualified associates, both in London and across the firm’s international network. Newly qualified lawyers will be […]

DCA launches unified courts agency

The Department for Constituttional Affairs today launches a single unified agency, Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS), to run the UK’s court system. The agency brings together all of England and Wales’ 650 Crown, county and magistrates’ courts for administrative purposes. Previously magistrates’ courts were managed by 42 local committees, whereas the Court Service administered the […]

Upsetting the constitution

Last week the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) organised a conference to discuss the important issue of the future of legal services post-Clementi. An assorted bunch of solicitors, barristers, consumer group representatives and civil servants gathered at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands to listen to Lord Falconer’s keynote speech and then discuss it. […]

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