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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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Can Herbies succeed in Singapore without the QFLP?

Why has Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) decided to walk away from the Singapore qualifying foreign law practice (QFLP) scheme?  Singapore’s Ministry of Law (MinLaw) last week announced the highly anticipated results of the renewal process to extend the six qualifying foreign law practice (QFLP) licences it first granted in 2008 (28 February 2014). The most surprising […]

High Court strikes out borrower’s repeated attempts to avoid repossession

Mortgage Express (ME), together with the fixed charge receivers it appointed in respect of the claimant borrower’s six buy-to-let properties, obtained a summary judgment/strike-out order to end the borrower’s High Court claim against it. The claim asserted that the receivers were ‘wrongly appointed’ by the bank and were acting unlawfully. The claimant owned six buy-to-let […]

2Birds’ Korean flightpath highlights heated market

It’s only two years since South Korea opened up its legal market to foreign firms. In that time, about 20 international firms have set up a foreign legal consultant office (FLCO) in the market. But Bird & Bird’s entry today, via a non-exclusive association with local firm Hwang Mok Park, could be the most significant […]

A&L Goodbody weathers media storm after partner’s baby born on NY street

What do you do when one of your partners finds himself at the centre of a media storm? Everyone loves a good human interest story, especially if it involves a baby and a random act of kindness in which the randomly kind person disappears. But it’s not that often that you know, or even know […]

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