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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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What time do you usually leave the office? Before my associates. What was your first-ever job? As a 17-year-old, teaching English to 17-year-old Italian female students. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Bending over in the Court of Appeal to pick up some law reports and hearing my trousers split up the back […]

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SullCrom raids Simmons for white-collar crime star

Sullivan & Cromwell has recruited Simmons & Simmons partner Louise Delahunty in a coup for its white-collar crime practice. Delahunty joins the US firm’s London office in June as a European counsel in the criminal defence and investigations group. Until now the bulk of Sullivan’s lawyers focusing on this area have been based in the […]

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Episode three of The Apprentice: the contestants are given a list of 10 items to purchase for London’s Savoy Hotel. Episode three and Lord Sugar decides it’s time to mix the teams up, so no more boys against girls. With the candidates charged with tracking down 10 items for London’s soon-to-reopen (at the time of […]

Quartet of West Country authorities announce joint panel

Burges Salmon, Charles Russell and Sharpe Pritchard are among the firms appointed to four West Country councils’ joint panel. Under the Legal Services Framework Agreement, 12 firms have been selected as advisers to North Somerset, Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils. Five firms were selected for each of childcare, planning, […]

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Osborne Clarke, Skadden bag Motorola-Nokia deal

Osborne Clarke won a role opposite Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom on Motorola’s $975m (£600m) sale of its wireless network infrastructure assets to Nokia Siemens Networks. Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office took the role of ­counsel to the seller on the UK aspects of the deal, with corporate partner David Ferris and employment partner Paul […]

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