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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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In brief: Law Soc to survey views on conveyancing

Solicitors are being asked this month whether they want the Law Society to amend its regulations to restrict conveyancing solicitors in acting for both lenders and borrowers. The Law Society’s policy committee has issued a questionnaire to all firms asking them to choose between four options: leaving the rules as they are; amending them so […]

Music has court as venue

Guitarist Baron Joshua Henryck, of Sturminster Newton in Dorset, is heading for a High Court confrontation with MCA Music, Sony Music Entertainment (UK) and the Performing Right Society. He is accusing them of infringing his copyright in music called Sketch/Valse Prelude. He is seeking damages, an account of profits made from the alleged breach of […]

Courts use cartoons

Disney-style animation is the latest weapon used by US lawyers to win over juries. JuriLink International produces computer-generated accident and incident reconstruc tions to help juries understand complicated cases. Images like those seen in Disney’s Toy Story have been used to help explain why an explosion at an oil refinery may have occurred. The system, […]

Surviving the Bre-X scandal

The recent scandal involving Bre-X, a junior Canadian mining company that claimed to have found the world’s largest gold deposit in Indonesia, sent shock waves through the Canadian investment community. At risk was Canada’s international reputation for mining expertise, and its position as the leading market for mining investment and finance. In the days immediately […]

Gazumping needs 'radical overhaul'

A SOLICITOR called in by the Government to help it devise ways of cracking down on gazumping has hinted that nothing short of a radical overhaul of the system will be enough to solve the problem. But Law Society council member Kenneth Byass, the solicitor on the government-appointed panel of experts set up to tackle […]

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