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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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Kid mapping

Parental disputes over children have never had a higher profile – and the most contentious area is the enforcement of contact orders. Kevin Hand and Rebecca Bailey-Harris report The issues of residence and contact have both featured heavily in the media over the last few months. The interest has, in part, been generated by the […]

Shearman unveils new global management team

Shearman & Sterling has unveiled its new global management team with German partner Georg Thoma and New York-based John Madden appointed co-managing partners of the firm. Corporate partner Thoma established Shearman & Sterling’s German operation in 1991 and served as European managing partner from 1994 to 2000. He will continue in his role as managing […]

C&I Group regroups after London split

The Law Society’s group for in-house lawyers, the Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group, has elected a new chair after last week’s resignation of candidate Anthony Armitage. Stanley Williams – Director of Legal Affairs & Company Secretary at BSi – will replace Carol Williams as chair of the national group and also of its incorporated arm, […]

For argument’s sake

Settling family disputes through mediation is growing in popularity, but more can still be done. Lisa Parkinson reports One of the main objectives of Lord Woolf’s reform of civil procedure in 1998 was to encourage parties to settle disputes without litigation. The Court of Appeal emphasised in two recent cases that courts have a duty […]

Homing in on home working

Home working is now more popular, and freelance lawyers are a flexible option. By James Knight In January this year, a ‘You Work’ survey reported that 34 per cent of executives now work at least part of the time at home. Respondents to the survey cited email technology and generally woeful public transport systems as […]

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