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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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Price Waterhouse allies with US law firm

Accountancy firm Price Waterhouse has formed a strategic alliance with Washington-based niche tax practice Miller & Chevalier to become what Millers describes as the “closest thing to a multi-disciplinary practice you can currently have in the States”. Although law firms and accountants have worked together in the area of tax, this link-up is seen as […]

Nicholsons opens hotline to answer poll questions

The elections unit at Nicholson Graham & Jones has launched a hotline for returning officers who encounter legal problems in the run-up to the General Election. It will deal with any query 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the week after polling day. A pager service will guarantee a return call within […]

Labour City seminar plan falls flat

AN AMBITIOUS Labour Party initiative to raise £100,000 from a series of seminars for City lawyers featuring members of its front bench had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. The initiative was officially launched last December by the Society of Labour Lawyers and was designed to drum up funds and enthusiasm for Labour […]

In brief: LAB's representatives threat is thwarted

A north London firm, Hickman Rose, has succeeded in its action to stop the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) plan to suspend the use of non-solicitor representatives on the City of London duty solicitor scheme. The practice had applied in June 1996 for a judicial review of a decision by the London regional duty solicitor’s committee […]

Look before you leap

Deciding whether to use offshore trustees can be difficult, but having decided in their favour many other questions then present themselves. For example, there is no shortage of possible jurisdictions or service providers – but which should you use? In choosing a jurisdiction the following are perhaps the principal considerations. Taxation – the jurisdiction must […]

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