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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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Osborne Clarke poaches pensions partner

Osborne Clarke is poaching a partner from Liverpool firm Davies Wallis Foyster to expand its pension unit. Kate Ive will be based in Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office, where she will join the firm’s two other pensions partners – Paul Matthews who was appointed a partner in May, and head of the unit Mark Womersley. Gordon […]

Carter-Ruck threatens action against own firm

Libel specialist Peter Carter-Ruck is considering legal action against his own firm in a dispute about its strategy. The octogenarian lawyer, who continues to practise as a consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, is in dispute with several senior partners over whether the firm should remain a niche practice or expand. Carter-Ruck says an agreement […]

Berwin Leighton elects new managing partner

Berwin Leighton has elected Neville Eisenberg as its new managing partner, on the eve of a strategy conference that will decide the firm’s future direction. Eisenberg, aged 37, begins his three-year term this month after a handover period. He replaces Bob Jones, who is returning to fee earning after a single term in the job. […]

Oil giant reshuffles in-house

The world’s eighth largest oil company Eni is restructuring its in-house legal department as part of a UK shake-up aimed at cutting costs. Legal counsel Richard Shoylekov has been made business development and legal manager of Agip UK, the oil and gas exploration and research subsidiary of the Italian oil producer. Agip UK uses a […]

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