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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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London lawyers can't take the heat in Bermuda

London lawyers posted to Bermuda to fight one of the highest profile court cases of the decade have admitted that they are fed up with life on the paradise island. Norton Rose and Clifford Chance lawyers flew to Bermuda for the Thyssen trust case at the beginning of the year, expecting an imminent trial. But […]

In brief: David Speker

David Speker has replaced John Clitheroe as senior partner at Kingsley Napley. Speker has been with the firm for 22 years and also heads its litigation practice. Although he was promoted at the end of March, his role was not officially announced until this month. Clitheroe takes up a role in the firm’s criminal litigation […]

Court ordeal is as bad as abuse

Sir Stephen Brown says fundamental changes need to be made to the criminal justice system if sexually abused children are to get a fair hearing in court. According to Home Office figures, there are currently more than 6,500 children who have been placed on child protection registers because they are at serious risk of sexual […]

In brief: 1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Mark Strachan QC, is moving to refurbished premises at 3 Hare Court. The move, which will take place at the end of the year, will enable all tenants at the general commercial and common law set to be housed on one site.

Recognising real class when you see it

Of the numerous awards that were given out at last week’s The Lawyer Awards two particularly stood out. The first was assistant solicitor of the year Owen Williams of Clarke Willmott & Clarke. The plaudits on the night should be put alongside the fact that Williams was chosen by some of the most respected names […]

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