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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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Law Society ditches equal opportunities committee

As Bahl wins discrimination case, committee is dropped to save cash The Law Society, which was last week found guilty of sexual and racial discrimination against former vice-president Kamlesh Bahl, intends to abolish its equal opportunities committee.Last Thursday (5 July), an employment tribunal in Watford found that Bahl was racially and sexually discriminated against by […]

Clarke Willmott reports modest growth after an expensive year

South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has recorded a modest turnover increase of 14 per cent on last year. Annual figures announced for 2000-2001 show a turnover of £15.7m, compared with £13.6m on last year.David Sedgwick, Clarke Willmott’s managing partner, admitted that his firm’s increase in turnover is fairly low, but he put it […]

Constants loses P&I ace to Ince & Co

Ince & Co has scored a major coup with the appointment of highly-regarded protection and indemnity (P&I) lawyer Graham Crane. Crane was a partner with 22-partner shipping firm Constant & Constant. His practice encompasses all aspects of dry shipping, with particular expertise in trade disputes, P&I and Defence Club matters. He also specialises in French […]

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