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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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Debevoise & Plimpton lures arbitration expert from rival

Debevoise & Plimpton has poached leading arbitration lawyer Arthur Marriott QC, and two of his assistants, from the London office of rival US firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. Marriott is to set up an arbitration unit at his new firm, which, until now, has been referring its international arbitration work to its Paris office or […]

Wounded Girling attacks legal press

Outgoing Law Society president Tony Girling has attacked the legal press, accusing it of painting an unduly grim picture of his year in office. Referring to comments in The Lawyer that the society was in crisis, Girling launched his third attack on the legal press in just three days when addressing the society’s AGM. “The […]

Caribbean may shun Privy Council

New York transport specialist Haight Gardner Poor & Havens is poised to merge with Tampa-based firm Holland & Knight to create the 15th largest law firm in the US. Holland & Knight is currently the largest firm in Florida, with around 500 lawyers. It also has offices in Atlanta, Washington and Georgia, but does not […]

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