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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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Law Society of Scotland to review legal training

The Law Society of Scotland is launching an extensive review of legal training and is seeking views from every part of the profession, including students. The society is reviewing all stages of training, including the LLB and the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. A public consultation on the diploma is to start shortly, following recommendations […]

Lovells picks candidate for Cambridge lectureship

Louise Merrett has been appointed Lovells’ lecturer in law at Cambridge University. Merrett, who is currently a college teaching officer and a director of studies in law at Trinity College, Cambridge will start her new role in September. The City firm will fund the lectureship for five years. Lovells has also provided bursaries to 14 […]

Sullivan completes rejig of general practice unit

Sullivan & Cromwell has overhauled the management of its general practice group, the firm’s largest department, which includes its core areas of corporate finance, M&A, real estate and financial institutions. The Sullivan board has appointed two new co-heads to the group. Private equity specialist Richard Pollack and securities lawyer David Harms will replace Fred Rich […]

The writing’s on the wall

Here’s a small recommendation to partners in talks to move firms. If you’re in talks with a firm and happen to pick up one of their snazzy branded pens, it’s a good idea not to take out that pen when you’re in a meeting with another firm. It may be a slight giveaway that you’re […]

News review

The Lawyer’s editor Catrin Griffiths looks at the latest developments in the legal world Dorsey in the doldrums There wasn’t much festive spirit at US firm Dorsey & Whitney over Christmas. Its London office has suffered an amount of turbulence, particularly when half of its successful tax litigation team resigned for DLA Piper Rudnick Gray […]

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