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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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Capital contract win for Bevan Ashford

BRISTOL-based firm Bevan Ashford has won a three-way pitch to handle legal advice for one of London’s biggest teaching hospital trusts, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust of Tooting, south London. The firm beat off rival London practices Beachcroft Stanleys and incumbents Capsticks, following a tendering process which began last August. Bevan Ashford has now begun […]

In brief: ELF stages first conference

Leigh Day & Co solicitor Charlie Hopkins, barrister Charles Pugh, and Environmental Law Foundation chair Martin Polden are among the speakers lined up to address the first conference of the ELF. The conference, to be held at London’s National Council for Volunteer Organisations on 9 November, will provide a practical overview of environmental litigation and […]

Dan Tench on the implementation of EU directives

Many lawyers must have struggled to understand the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Their confusion is not helped by the attitude the Government takes to implementing the EU directives. These regulations, which were passed to comply with an EU Council directive, contain numerous provisions which are difficult to interpret. For example, the regulations state […]

Making your name

Law firms are relatively new to the world of commercial sponsorship, but it certainly has a significant role in their marketing and promotional activities. Frequently sponsorship is confused with patronage. The two are not the same. Sponsorship offers some form of commercial benefit to all the parties concerned. As law firms, especially larger ones, continue […]

Agency launched amid fees furore

Widespread concern among UK legal and consumer groups has greeted the Government’s intention to make the public pay for the full cost of using the civil courts. They are convinced that “full cost recovery”, with expected daily court fees of u200- u500, will shut out thousands of people from using the civil justice system. The […]

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