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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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Cause to complain?

In their plans to reform the Solicitors Complaints Bureau, they have ingeniously devised a system which at first glance looks like a complete overhaul of the SCB, described last year by the National Consumers Association as a “bureaucratic nightmare”. If the proposals are implemented, the Solicitors Complaints Bureau will be known as the Supervision of […]

Power handling

There is no doubt about it, technology can be a rewarding investment that can deliver mass savings and improve customer service. But what does the future hold in store for law firms and where will further financial and productivity gains come from? The main battle has been won; client server, open system computing is widely […]

UK set to get Russian staff

THE LAW Society has drawn up a shortlist of 40 Russian lawyers to vie for positions on its £250,000 UK-based placement programme. Funded by the European Commission’s Technical Assistance programme to the Commonwealth of Independent States (TACIS), the project deal was struck by the commission and the Brussels office of the Law Societies of England […]

Dedication's what you need

Fiona Woolf Mention electricity and Fiona Woolf’s eyes light up. The woman rumoured to be McKenna & Co’s top fee-earner reels off a list of projects in parts of the world which would test the mettle of the most avid cartographer. When she agreed to get married four years ago, her husband thought he was […]

Barrister leads Hackney fraud probe

HACKNEY Council last week appointed a senior barrister to head an internal inquiry into its record on tackling fraud and corruption in the recruitment of town hall staff. Ian MacDonald QC will conduct a six-month investigation before reporting back to the north London authority with a set of recommendations. Other inquiry panel members are Hackney […]

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