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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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UK firms in Singapore shift tactic to weather Asian crisis

UK City firms in Singapore are adopting divergent strategies in response to the Asian downturn which continues to eat into profits. Linklaters is trying to sub-let half of its office space at 9 Raffles Place, after a reassessment of its boom-time expansion plans. Meanwhile City rivals Freshfields and Lovell White Durrant are expanding. Tony Grundy, […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: William Yoder

William Yoder was born in Kansas in 1970. He works as an associate at Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin. What was your first job? Selling watermelons. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? $54,000 (u32,300). What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become an actor. What was your most satisfying […]

Lawyer group set to tackle Y2K bug

LAWYERS from around the UK have launched an organisation to tackle the legal challenges which surround the millennium bug, known as Y2K. Five UK firms – London’s Withers, Edinburgh’s Bird Semple, Merseyside’s Ross & Co, Bournemouth’s Lester Aldridge and Newcastle’s Robert Muckle – have joined Y2K specialist John Melville-Williams QC to launch the Y2K Lawyers […]

How to make meetings meaningful

Keith Carter argues that expert witness meetings are often futile and says a definite change of emphasis is needed. Keith Carter is the principal at Keith Carter & Associates, employment consultants. Meetings between experts as a means of isolating areas of disagreement are undoubtedly helpful. Such meetings can speed up the resolution of an action […]

High noon for 'hired guns'

Mark Solon and Catherine Bond say the good times are over for expert witnesses, as the Lord Chancellor’s Department plans to restrict their use and cut back on their fees. Mark Solon and Catherine Bond are directors of witness training company Bond Solon Training. As litigation has boomed over the past 10 years, more experts […]

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