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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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An attempt by the makers of Scrabble to protect its iconic letter tiles from imitations by claiming trademark rights has been thrown out by the Court of Appeal. The ruling, handed down by Lord Justices Lewison, Mummery and Lloyd earlier this month, marks a win for Olswang client Zynga, which had been locked in a bitter […]

Quadrant looks on the bright side of O’Riordan

Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad. At which point, it might be time to turn to Monty Python for advice. Lawyers have been chewing on life’s gristle this week after well-known litigator Tom O’Riordan turned out to have a bogus CV, news that’s been met with a whistle by […]

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One Essex Court and Outer Temple take up Barclays Guardian Care Home appeal

The ongoing Libor misselling feud between Guardian Care Homes (GCH) and Barclays is going to the Court of Appeal next week in a crucial simultaneous hearing with a case involving Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank and Ors v Unitech and Anor will be heard at the same time as Barclays Bank vs Graiseley Investments & Ors […]

When is it right to rectify a conveyance of property?

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal heard the case of Day & Another v Day, which involved an application seeking the rectification of a conveyance of property that took place in 1985. The matter followed the death of Mrs Day in December 2008. The appellants were James and Michael Day and the respondent was Terence […]

Events moving fast in Congress: the shape of things to come?

The next two days in Congress will be characterised by fast-moving developments on the government shutdown/debt ceiling issues. As of this morning the situation is as follows: A bipartisan group of senators has been working on a proposal that would likely do the following: (1) government funding will be extended through mid-January 2014 and the […]

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