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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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Proof that lawyers really do like to read the small print arrived last week when an anonymous lawyer called to point out what appeared to be a typo. The ‘mistake’ was in the EJ Legal ad on page 53 of the 21 August issue. In an advert for commercial property lawyers, the copy reads: “This […]

P&O’s Gradon and Simm walk the plank

Other lawyers who will be receiving bonuses of a different kind were P&O lawyers Michael Gradon and Iain Simm. Both were made redundant following DP World’s epic takeover of P&O. Gradon was legal and commercial affairs director at P&O, a company he served for 20 years, while Simm was general counsel at P&O Ports. Gradon, […]

Summer shake-up

While the summer break meant holidays for many on this side of the Atlantic, things just kept getting busier in the US lateral hire market. First Winston & Strawn ramped up its energy practice with the hire of three star partners from White & Case following the official closure of the latter’s San Francisco office […]

Trust in the system

The trust arena is on the brink of change in Switzerland, with a new bill waiting for parliamentary approval. By Filippo Noseda The Swiss government’s bill on trusts is currently being debated in the Swiss Parliament. Released on 5 December 2005, the final version of its bill was approved by the Upper House without reservations […]

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