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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 the first high-profile piracy dispute between two Western companies in China, a Shanghai court has fined French retailer Carrefour £25,000 for selling fake Louis Vuitton handbags. At fault was Carrefour’s supplier policy, which the company’s central management had delegated to individual branch supervisors. The judge blasted the procedure, criticising it for being so lax […]

Herbies bags lead role for Yell on TPI deal

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With the prospect of hedge fund listings arriving on our shores, regulators want less potential for conflicts and wider access for mainstream retail investors. By Jonathan Herbst “ Hedge funds have become increasingly important in global financial markets in recent years. In its report ‘Financial Risk Outlook 2006’, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) noted that […]

The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job? Selling old books to customers who looked even older in an antiquarian bookshop in Bournemouth. What was your worst experience as a pupil? I was asked to give a time estimate for my first case. I hadn’t got a clue and predicted a couple of hours. The case took three […]

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