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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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Banks call on preferred counsel for OFT probe

Competition lawyers are gearing up for round two of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) investigation into the retail banking sector. The major banks have turned to their longstanding counsel: Barclays instructed Clifford Chance, Lloyds TSB is being advised by Lovells, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has instructed Ashurst and Linklaters, while HSBC is looking […]

Shell settles first pan-European securities fraud case

US law firm Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) scored an advisory role on the first-ever pan-European class settlement of securities fraud claims. G&E, representing a European investment group of more than 50 investors, including some from the UK, agreed to resolve claims against Royal Dutch Shell over the company allegedly having reported an “overstatement” of its […]

Hammonds promotes 11 to the partnership

Hammonds has promoted 11 associates to the partnership. Four of the new partners, who will be promoted on 1 May 2007, are in the corporate team, with two each in construction, employment and intellectual property (IP), and one in property. This reflects a different emphasis from last year, when the firm promoted a total of […]

Magic circle associates revel in promotion boom

In a bumper haul for magic circle associates, Allen & Overy (A&O) elected 32 associates to the partnership this year, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer promoted 22 and Clifford Chance and Linklaters both voted in 38. Linklaters increased its partnership round by 18.75 per cent on last year. The firm’s finance and projects team was the […]

High Court judges face increased criticism from senior colleagues

Judges fear nothing – apart from other judges. And quite understandably so, as a personal telling off from a higher-ranking judge can cause public humiliation. These types of attacks, known as ad hominem, are becoming more frequent. Finers Stephens Innocent partner Mark Stephens says: “There’s been an increasing tendency toward ad hominem attacks, which I […]

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