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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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Clarke Willmott heads north with Birmingham acquisition

Bristol’s Clarke Willmott has secured its first Birmingham office through the takeover of personal injury firm Amery Parkes. The four-partner, 30-lawyer firm, which last year turned over an estimated £6m, joined Clarke Willmott on 1 August and will trade under the Clarke Willmott banner. Clarke Willmott’s managing partner David Sedgwick said the firm planned to […]

Irwin Mitchell names Knaggs as new Leeds leader

Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner. David Knaggs, head of the firm’s Leeds insurance practice, takes over the role after nine years as a partner at Irwin Mitchell, replacing Kevin Cunningham. The Leeds office includes the firm’s personal injury and business arms as well as the insurance practice. Last year office […]

Willoughby’s future is bright with Orange

IP boutique Willoughby & Partners last week found itself at the centre of the Orange-EasyGroup spat over the use of the colour orange in EasyMobile’s trademark. Willoughby partner Shireen Peermohamed advised Orange when it wrote to EasyGroup stating that it held the trademark for the colour orange relating to mobile phones. Willoughby alumni Sulina Connal […]

Ward Hadaway managing partner gets third term

North East firm Ward Hadaway has re-appointed its managing partner for a third term as the firm forges ahead to meet its ambitious growth targets. Jamie Martin has served as managing partner since 1998 and from taking over the helm six years ago, the firm has increased turnover by 100 per cent. In the most […]

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