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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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TJG buoyant as gross fees pass £60m

Taylor Joynson Garrett posted a 26 per cent rise in gross fees to £60.4m for 2000-2001. `The biggest growth came in the finance and projects, private equity and IP-rich sectors.`Average profits per equity partner increased by 19 per cent to £477,000 with partners at the top of equity reaching £637,000. Partners’ earnings rose on average […]

Holland & Knight chief steps down

US firm Holland & Knight’s Bill McBride has resigned from his role as managing partner following his decision to explore the world of politics. `McBride is considering whether to stand for the post of Florida Governor in next year’s elections. He feels that his plans are incompatible with retaining the role of managing partner. He […]

Kropp-Olbertz Schulte-Franzheim Seibert

News in brief Kropp-Olbertz Schulte-Franzheim Seibert, the intellectual property niche firm in Cologne, has tempted Gerhild Buchholz-Szilagyi from Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. Buchholz-Szilagyi moved in March this year and will practise trademark law advising international and national clients.

Baker & McKenzie clinches NTL deal over Travers Smith

NTL has overlooked its ongoing relationship with Travers Smith Braithwaite and has hired international law firm Baker & McKenzie. `Baker & McKenzie advised NTL on a $2bn (£1.4bn) IT outsourcing agreement to IBM Global Services.`Under the agreement NTL is outsourcing all its IT services in the UK and Ireland until 2012.`NTL does not have a […]

The tenders trap

Procurement issues were dragged from blissful obscurity last summer when the European Commission challenged the process of negotiation used in UK PFI projects. EC officials questioned the use of the ‘negotiated procedure’ – where short-listed bidders start detailed discussions with the contracting body about project cost and structure – in the negotiation for the now […]

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