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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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Firm and MP unite behind PFI push

Private Finance Initiative (PFI), the Government’s scheme for injecting private capital into public projects, is going to get a double dose of positive PR from City lawyers SJ Berwin and Tory MP Michael Jack, financial secretary to the Treasury, in two unrelated tours of the country. The slow take up of PFIs among businesses over […]

CPS lawyers move in with police

CROWN Prosecution Service lawyers are setting out on a pilot scheme at six police stations to provide on-the-spot legal advice to police officers. The scheme, announced by the CPS last December, is designed to improve liaison between the two agencies and to ensure more appropriate charging of suspects. Law Society criminal law committee secretary Roger […]

Lebanese private deals are a first for Linklaters

CITY firm Linklaters has notched up a double success in the Lebanon by securing the first private sector deals to be issued internationally. The first deal involves the issue of US$50 million serial bonds due 2003 by Societe des Ciments Libanais SAL. Linklaters’ role involved helping to structure the transaction, and working with the Lebanese […]

Court clears judge of race bias

A JUDGE who used the term “nigger in the wood pile” in a case in which a black man was seeking damages for alleged malicious prosecution was cleared by the Appeal Court of race prejudice allegations. Judge Bernstein used the expression while summing up to a Liverpool county court in an action where the man, […]

Deadline looms for Bar scheme

CHAMBERS are being urged to join the Bar Council’s new pupillage clearing house scheme as the deadline for applications looms. The Bar Council promises that its new Pupillage Applications Clearing House Scheme (PACH) will offer a “fair and orderly” system for selecting pupils to serve their 12-month pupillage. The deadline for applications is 16 February, […]

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