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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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Simmons’ PEP drops 20 per cent, turnover remains stagnant

Simmons & Simmons has been hit by a 19.6 per cent drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) after seeing four consecutive years of growth. In its financial results for 2008-09, Simmons’ PEP fell to £520,000 from a high of £647,000 last year. Turnover grew slightly from £289m to £291m. Managing partner Mark Dawkins […]

UK firms dig in their heels

There’s nothing like a bit of protectionism for stirring up ill-feeling. As our lead story details, what started out as a group of Bulgarian firms marking their territory against an influx of foreign competition has turned into a full-scale battle, and each side is utterly incensed at the other’s actions. The Bulgarians may have a […]

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Focus: Lawyers in parliament: The Commons touch

The next intake of MPs will be very different following the general election, with plenty more Conservative lawyers at Westminster. Who is most likely to be elected? Next summer – and possibly even sooner – voters will head to polling ­stations for a general election. Chances are this will be the biggest shake-up of the UK Parliament […]

White & Case seals prison PFI role for Serco Group

Longstanding White & Case client Serco has been awarded preferred bidder status on the £600m Belmarsh West and Maghull new-build prisons PFI, The Lawyer understands. Relationship partner Anthony Fine is thought to be advising a consortium made up of Serco Group and Skanska on the venture. Skanska will start building the facilities at Belmarsh West […]

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Former Burges Salmon chief takes top job at Kennedys

Burges Salmon’s former managing partner Guy Stobart is leaving the firm to take up the chief executive role at insurance firm Kennedys. The move is a complete change of direction for Stobart (pictured), with Burges Salmon widely known for its corporate commercial practice focus. Kennedys, by contrast, has built its reputation in insurance litigation and […]

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