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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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Browne-Wilkinson defends death row appeal remarks

Lord Browne-Wilkinson’s controversial call to scrap Caribbean appeals to the Privy Council has provoked a furious debate among appeal lawyers. Browne-Wilkinson made his comments in The Lawyer two weeks ago (17 May). He reiterates them in a letter on page 17. His latest defence of his position comes as the Privy Council rejected last week […]

In brief: Michael Scanlan

Michael Scanlan, senior partner at Glasgow family law specialist Russells Gibson McCaffrey, has taken over as president of the Law Society of Scotland. He replaces Philip Dry, whose parting shot involved presenting the new Scottish parliament with a “manifesto for change”, suggesting reforms for all areas of Scottish law.

Case of the week

A 19-stone salesman who sat on a sofa has delivered a cautionary tale for insurers with shaky furniture. Maurice Leahy was visiting the Croydon offices of Direct Line Insurance when the receptionist invited him to sit on a sofa while he waited, which collapsed beneath his weight, injuring his back. Leahy has now received u80,000 […]

Land case to cut public access

Judgment is pending in the House of Lords in a case which could have major impact on public access to privately-owned but open areas of land. The battle is over a plot of land at the Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell which was donated to the Church of England many years ago. Planning consent has been […]

Accountancy

In a world of increasing consolidation, where the accounting “big five” hold sway, the insolvency field provides some welcome relief. The usual giants – PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche – have strong insolvency and restructuring teams. But they are being increasingly challenged by firms outside the big five – most notably […]

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