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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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Copper market faces claim deluge by investors

City lawyers are predicting an explosion of US-style litigation following turmoil in the UK copper market where Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation lost £1 billion. Sumitomo said the massive losses were chalked up following unauthorised dealings by rogue trader Yasuo Hamanaka. Sources told The Lawyer that several big US investors are considering whether to take legal action […]

Woman's nightmare trapped in man's body

The legal rights of transsexuals will loom large in the courts after applications for judicial review were granted in two separate actions. In one, a 30-year-old man is seeking judicial review of Gloucestershire Health Authority’s refusal to provide NHS funding for gender reassignment surgery; in the other, a 26-year-old man is challenging the right of […]

Barbara Hewson looks at an ECJ ruling on state liability.

Barbara Hewson is a barrister at 12 Gray’s Inn Square. On 23 May, in Hedley Lomas (Ireland) v MAFF [C-5/94], the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered another landmark ruling on the liability of member states over infringement of their community obligations. This was another article 177 reference from a British court, seeking clarification of […]

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NI practice takes action to boost hourly rates

Belfast firm O’Reilly Stewart is this week campaigning to improve the hourly rate paid to Northern Ireland solicitors. Peter Smith QC will represent the firm in front of the Taxing Master, Christopher Napier, in a hearing of objections being held on Monday and Tuesday. The claim refers to fees for a senior partner from O’Reilly […]

Third time lucky, Secretaries' groups pull off merger

Helen Sage reports The Society of County Secretaries (SOCS) is to merge with the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) to raise the profile of the profession. The 110 county secretaries will join ACSeS on 1 November this year, completing a merger which was abandoned in 1993 and 1994 because of uncertainty over the […]

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