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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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Amid the money, suits and skyscrapers of the London legal world, it’s heartening to meet a man still in touch with his humble roots. And Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is that man. When it comes to a working lunch, there will be no dim sum or sushi at the Savage […]

Risk Management: Safe conduct

The news that two high-profile Freshfields partners are in hot water for their roles on Philip Green’s M&S bid highlights a whole new culture in the legal profession. It’s all about taking risk management a lot more seriously Last Monday (30 October) the spectre that had been giving partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sleepness nights […]

FAQ

There’s more to becoming a successful lawyer than passing lots of exams. But fear not, the College of Law’s Rachel Harris is here to help Q.Friends are talking about applying for vacation placements: is it essential? A.No, it’s not essential, but is highly recommended as more and more firms are using vacation placements as an […]

Second swoop on McDermott underlines BLP’s shift in focus

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has taken a second employment partner from McDermott Will & Emery as the firm signals a strategic shift in its areas of focus. The hire of partner Rebecca Harding-Hill follows that of McDermott’s employment head Fraser Younson, who joined in mid-September to head BLP’s employment pensions and incentives (EPI) team. The […]

Landmark patent case goes to the Lords

Australian entrepreneur Neal Macrossan is seeking leave to appeal his software patent case in the House of Lords, after the Court of Appeal rejected his bid to patent an automated system to incorporate a UK company. Macrossan’s invention was excluded on the grounds that it was a business method and a computer program. His device […]

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