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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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Plowden Buildings calls in the cavalry

Plowden Buildings has appointed a practice manager on the advice of its overstretched senior clerk Paul Hurst. The common law set practices in London and on the North East circuit and, according to Hurst, it was becoming increasingly difficult to both promote and clerk the chambers. “My being out in Newcastle two or three days […]

Chambers beckon to retiring judge

Retiring judge Gerald Butler QC has taken the unusual step of returning to his old chambers to practise, after spotting a gap in the legal market for media and entertainment arbitration. Butler left One Essex Court to sit on the bench in 1982, becoming Presiding Judge at Southwark Crown Court for 13 years before retiring […]

James Hunt seeks bigger share of Leicester work

Chris Fogarty reports The Chambers of James Hunt QC has opened an annexe in central Leicester in a bid to break into the traditionally tight-knit legal community there. The move has brought a cool reaction from within Leicester chambers, with one clerk saying he could not see why the London set had bothered to open […]

Andersens appeals Dutch MDPs ban

Arthur Andersen is gearing up for a High Court challenge in Holland against a ban on multidisciplinary partnerships. Arthur Andersen, which has its own law firm, Wouters, in Holland, and Price Waterhouse, which wants to establish its own law firm, lost the first round of their legal battles with the Dutch Bar in the district […]

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