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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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One Essex Court poised to gross £35m this year

Magic circle set One Essex Court is to post a record £3m in earnings this month at one of the slowest times of the year. Last year’s decision to focus on commercial work and to internally restructure chambers clerking could result in the annual turnover of the chambers exceeding £35m if it continues to attract […]

A VIEW FROM INDIA

Is India the new Japan? This question will raise a wry smile from lawyers who have worked on India-related matters over the past 10 years. In 1991 India announced deregulation and reform to open up its economy. The first flush of enthusiasm, which saw Western businesses, including law firms, rush to take advantage of India’s […]

BBC picks BT director as its top legal adviser

The BBC is hiring the director of regulatory compliance from British Telecommunications (BT) as its new legal adviser. Anne Fletcher will join the BBC in March to fill the role of the company’s top lawyer, which has been vacant since May last year. Previous legal adviser Fred Croft left following an internal reorganisation at London’s […]

A bar on competition

Is Hong Kong’s bar under threat of extinction, or is it simply not prepared to compete? To some extent Hong Kong recognises, that its bar is too small to support specialists in some fields, so it continues to permit QCs from the UK to be admitted on an ad hoc basis. Although this is plainly […]

McDermotts snatches McMahon from Orricks

One of the leading intellectual property (IP) litigators in Silicon Valley is leaving Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe to join Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery. Terry McMahon, who headed Orrick’s IP group, will chair McDermotts’ West Coast IP practice, covering Silicon Valley, Orange County and Los Angeles. McMahon launched Orrick’s IP department in 1995 when […]

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