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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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In brief: Family group plans fund-raising event

The Family Rights Group is holding a reception for family law practitioners next month in a bid to raise funds for child protection work. The 2 November event, the first of its kind, will be hosted by Dame Margaret Booth DBE, patron of the FRG’s financial appeal. Appeal committee members include Alan Levy QC and […]

Seizing the impetus for reform

David Thomas is a council member and partner at Lees Lloyd Whitely, Liverpool. Those who expected confrontation between the new president and the council at the September Law Society Council meeting were disappointed. Sweetness and light abounded, despite differences in opinion. The council recognised the new president has a democratic mandate and will consider his […]

Garretts takes Arista

Helen Sage reports City firm Garrett & Co has placed a six-figure sum software order with Axxia Systems for its practice management system Arista. The firm, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, opted for the system after investigating a total of eight solutions. Partner Keith Barnett said: “Whatever system we chose had to guarantee accurate […]

Are you really being served?

Over the past five years, we have examined the bank statements of more than 70 solicitors and small businesses, and have saved them over £1 million. These savings come from three main sources. First, the contract with the bank, usually in the form of an arrangement letter, is often ignored. Unless the law firm has […]

Mistaken statistics

The response of the Society of Black Lawyers to The Freedom Association’s expose of the Commission for Racial Equality’s false claim that “Only 1 per cent of solicitors in England are from ethnic minority groups” is disappointing. The CRE did not just get the fact wrong. It chose this “fact” to illustrate the failure of […]

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