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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: Henderson gets another four years

Slaughter and May senior partner Giles Henderson CBE has had his position renewed to 2001. Henderson, who joined Slaughters in 1968, was appointed senior partner in January 1993. The 54-year-old was closely involved in the Government’s privatisation programme from 1983 to 1992.

Wacks Caller hit by defectors

Manchester firm Wacks Caller has strongly denied suggestions of internal problems after the defection of two partners and two lawyers. In a reversal of fortune for the firm, partners Geoffrey Smith and David Leverton have left the firm they joined in January 1995 when they defected from Fox Brooks Marshall. Wacks snatched four partners and […]

Management guru joins Weightmans as chief exec

Liverpool and Birmingham-based insurance litigation specialist Weightmans has hired Professor Martin Read as its first chief executive. Management specialist Read, formerly a managing partner at Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart, joined Weightmans from Central Law Training where he was chief executive to the management division. The 33-partner firm, which has experienced rapid growth, wanted to […]

Owen sets the tone for the Bar

Barely hours into his new role as Bar Council chairman, Robert Owen QC was making waves. Radio waves, that is. His attack on proposed legislation to allow police unchecked powers to tap phones, in an interview on Radio 4’s Today programme on 1 January, received nationwide press coverage. His is something of a voice in […]

In brief: PFI guide produced for education sector

Stephenson Harwood has launched a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) guide for the higher and further education sectors. Author Peter Walters said his booklet was aimed at providing university and college professionals guidance through the “procedural maze of PFI project procurement”. The firm is advising the two largest PFI projects, which have been designated as “Pathfinders” […]

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