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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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Lawyers national pride day cancelled due to total lack of interest

THE LAW Society’s National Law Day, heralded as an opportunity to raise the profession’s profile and highlight the role of solicitors in the community, has been cancelled. A Law Society spokeswoman says there is too much going on in the profession at the moment to give the event the profile it deserves. However, sources say […]

Freshfields reveals plans to go Dutch

FRESHFIELDS is understood to be in takeover talks with a Dutch law firm about opening an office in Amsterdam, The Lawyer can reveal. Freshfields managing partner Ian Terry confirms the firm is planning a move. “We are, and have been, looking at the Dutch legal market for a long time, but we have yet to […]

Orange

Britain’s third largest mobile phone company has been a triumph for brand designers, and is one of the names that defines the corporate zeitgeist of the late 1990s. Launched in 1994 as a joint venture between British Aerospace and Hong Kong investment group Hutchison Whampoa, the company’s growth has been led by innovation and clever […]

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…and another is struck off for wife’s extreme typing fees

A solicitor who charged up to £133 an hour for typing done at home by his wife has been struck off. The hearing was told how his exorbitant fees reduced legacies charities received from estates he handled. However Carol Watkins, the wife of disgraced solicitor Kenneth Watkins of Weybridge, Surrey, defended the charges for her […]

1999: the fifth annual Lawyer awards

THE LEGAL equivalent of the Oscars, The Lawyer Awards continue to be the benchmark awards for the legal profession. Now in their fifth year, they are unique in being the only awards to highlight and recognise initiative and achievement across the whole legal profession, and in all areas of practice. Last year, 1,200 legal luminaries […]

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