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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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RPC and Doughty Street seal CoA victory for The Guardian

RPC senior associate Brid Jordan and Doughty Street Chambers’ Gavin Miller QC have won a major case for The Guardian in the Court of Appeal (CoA), which ruled that the media has a right to see documents used in criminal cases. The Guardian appealed a judicial review ruling given by the Administrative Court that found […]

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Simmons to open low-cost Bristol base

Simmons & Simmons is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to slash its fee rates. According to managing partner Jeremy Hoyland, the office, which is slated for an autumn launch, will handle “complex legal work” where “location is not an issue for clients”. It is expected that the office will initially handle […]

The Co-operative: good with more than food

The Co-operative has become the first consumer brand to be granted an ABS licence in what is either the legal industry’s second big bang, or first barbarians at the gate moment. Or possibly both. Along with the Co-op, two high street practices have been licensed by the SRA: John Welch and Stammers and Lawbridge Solicitors […]

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DLA Piper names new Asia-Pacific managing director

DLA Piper’s incumbent Asia-Pacific managing director Alastair da Costa will relocate back to the UK after more than four years at the helm in Hong Kong. London-based EMEA finance and projects group head Bob Charlton is set to take over the role. Alastair da Costa was appointed to the managing director of Asia role on […]

Vinson & Elkins and Machado Meyer advise on $5.16bn Sinopec deal

Vinson & Elkins and Brazilian law firm Machado, Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados have advised Sinopec on acquiring a 30 per cent stake in the Brazilian unit of Portuguese oil company Galp Energia for $5.16bn (£3.24bn). Vinson & Elkins fielded a multi-jurisdiction team that consisted of Shanghai-based partners Jay Kolb and David Blumental, UK partner […]

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