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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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A&O set for LLP conversion by end of financial year

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You’ve got to feel sorry for Benelux firm Stibbe. It’s bad enough being dissed by longstanding client ING, which only put Stibbe on its domestic panel rather than its global one, but worse still is that those poor Stibbe partners will have no chance of putting the snub behind them, as their Amsterdam office is […]

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Probate solicitors receive billing boost

Appeal judges recently ruled that probate solicitors could bill according to the value of the estate they are administering, as opposed to their hourly rate. The case, Jemma Trust co v. Liptrott & Others, concerned Bolton law firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis, which was involved in the administration of a £10m estate. The firm had charged […]

ICC slams US Alien Tort Statute

THE INTERNATIONAL Chamber of Commerce (ICC) wants the European Commission to call for changes to the US’s 1789 Alien Tort Statute, which allows non-US companies to be sued in US courts for alleged human rights, labour and environmental offences committed in third countries. The ICC is particularly worried about liability claims brought in US courts “against a […]

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