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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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C&W poised to settle £40m case as counsel walks out

Cable & Wireless (C&W) is on the brink of settling its £40m court case against 17 defendants in the same week as general counsel Andrew Garard sensationally quit the telecoms company. A C&W statement said that Garard was leaving the company “following the successful resolution of a number of legal proceedings”. He is replaced by […]

Bird & Bird scoops Olympics sponsorship role

BIRD & Bird has been added to the panel advising the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Bird & Bird join Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as firms on the LOCOG panel. Bird & Bird will be advising LOCOG primarily in relation to sponsorship matters and were appointed after a competitive […]

Careers: In brief

Minter Ellison has bolstered its international trade practice, snaring a New Zealand lawyer from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to coincide with an internal promotion. Iain Sandford joins after three years with the WTO in Geneva to become deputy director of Minter Ellison’s international trade group based in Canberra. At the same time, Siva Somasundram, […]

Freshfields’ radical pensions overhaul nears completion

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is close to finalising plans to radically overhaul its partners’ treasured pension scheme. It is understood that the magic circle firm’s partnership council will be considering the lastest plans, which have been broadly welcomed by the partners, this week. According to well-placed sources, retired partners will receive a maximum of £17,000 per […]

MBO sees Cripps Portfolio quit firm

Cripps Harries Hall is set to see turnover drop by 25 per cent this year as its investment and wealth management arm completes a management buyout (MBO). Cripps Portfolio, which has renamed itself Heartwood Wealth Management, carried out the MBO late last year. However, some partners at Cripps still own minority stakes in the business, […]

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