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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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Davis Polk promotes six to partner; one in City

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Bar Council slams BBC drama; writer responds

A row has broken out between the Bar Council and a television writer over the BBC courtroom drama, Criminal Justice. The five-part serial, aired on BBC1 this week, shows the story of a man falsely accused and imprisoned on murder charges. Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton said it failed to portray the professional obligations defence […]

Herbies appoints new head of real estate

Herbert Smith has made Ian Cox its new head of real estate. Current group head Iain Rothnie will stand down on 1 July after two and a half years in the post. Rothnie will now focus on developing the practice internationally and building up links with sovereign wealth funds. Rothnie, who was previously executive partner […]

BLG revenues up 7 per cent to £80m

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has seen its turnover break the £80m-barrier, with the firm’s litigation team bringing in more than three-quarters of the revenue. The firm, overall, increased its turnover by 7.2 per cent, up from £76.2m in 2006/07 to £81.7m in the last financial year. BLG’s incoming senior partner Simon Konsta, in his […]

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