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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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Ward to head Shrewsbury planning department

FORMER Dibb Lupton Broomhead lawyer Geoff Ward has been appointed as principal solicitor with Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council. Ward, who finished work in Dibbs’ planning department in October, took up the post at the end of last month. Articled with West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council he worked in authorities in Kirklees and Manchester before […]

Scots 'YTS' scheme blasted

A NEW scheme designed to secure training contracts for Scottish law graduates has been condemned by lawyers south of the border. Solicitors in England and Wales say the system, which involves graduates of Scotland’s Diploma in Legal Practice working for a Government training allowance plus u10 per week for the first year of articles, is […]

In brief: Archer to present tribunals report

The chair of the Council of Tribunals Lord Archer of Sandwell QC will present the council’s annual report this week. Speaking at a press conference at the council’s offices, Lord Archer will also outline the work of the 15-member council. The report will go before the Lord Chancellor and then be laid before Parliament.

A&O expands Hong Kong practice

UK-BASED international practice Allen & Overy has appointed three new partners in its Hong Kong office. Kenneth Chan, Michael Liu and Joseph Tse will officially take on the title on 3 January next year. Company and commercial lawyer Eric Ho will also join the firm as a senior associate. Chan, who has experience in advising […]

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